Design Study: The Saab Grill

Aside from being a SaabsUnited Crew Member by night: my day-job consists of writing software.  It is for this reason that you would be right in thinking that is rather odd for a Software Engineer to discuss an artistic topic such as automotive visual design.  But, the fact of the matter is: just as there is a heavy artistic component to visual design, there is a lot of interesting science at play as well.  What us Saab fans refer to as “design language” is really just a set of special rules that Saab designers follow when they are making changes to a current model vehicle to give it a more updated, fresh and modern look.  Of course, there is no denying the artistic component to this work (which from my drawings below is sorely lacking), but when all of the embellishments are eliminated we arrive to a fundamental core that is decidedly linear and dare I say: elegant.

And to the right, my friends would be the fundamental Saab grill.  It really is quite simple: a vertically bisected trapezoid with two slanted “bands” on the left and right.  Saabs of the 1970’s and 1980’s sport this grill in its most simplest form as we see in the picture shown below, to the left.

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OctoberFest: SF Bay Area

The October Fest in Walnut Creek, CA (which is part of the San Francisco Bay Area) was a hit.  We had about 60 people show up and having the parking lot filled with a variety of Saabs was a truly glorious sight.  The Bay Area Saab Club was there, we had a Saab Trivia Contest and Raffle Drawing with prizes from the kind folks at StateOfNine.  The food wasn’t nearly as fancy as what they had in Trollhättan, but for all of you that know about Costco: you know that they make some decent hotdogs!  It was a fun event for sure.  Here are some pictures from the event:

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SF Bay October Fest Prep. and … MapTun!

 Preparations for the Saab OctoberFest in the San Francisco Bay Area are underway!   I have a box full of SU License Plate Frames and StateOfNine goodies anxiously waiting at home,  the folks at Dirito Brothers Walnut Creek Saab are setting up.  Tonight I will be prepping all of the activities.  Most of the details of the event are continuing as planned but I have another announcement to make:  Once again, thanks to Dan’s efforts at StateOfNineWe will be taking MapTun software-upgrade orders, at an awesome (one day only) discount, during the event!  Included here is the special price-listing for MapTun performance upgrades: Retail 26-Sept-2011 Maptun Offer Summary.  And once again here is a complete rundown of the SF Bay October Fest Details.

Lars-Erik Meets Hirsch

Last week, I posted an introduction to Lars-Erik, my 2007 9-3 Arc SS.  I even posted a video on YouTube showing Lars-Erik in action.  But, what I failed to mention is that thousands of miles away, in the country of Switzerland, a set of beautifully crafted high-quality leather handles were being prepared for shipment to the USA, destined to be installed in my 9-3 SS.  Hirsch sleeps and breathes Saab.

Their sole purpose is to provide wonderful enhancements to the Saab experience.  Something that enthusiasts will deeply appreciate, each and every time they embark on a journey .

 It is important not to think of Hirsch as somehow fixing deficiencies in our cars.  But, think of it as pairing a fine cheese with an elegant wine (whether the car is the Cheese and the Hirsch add-ons are a wine, or visa versa, may depend on your perspective).

Last week, to much to my excitement, I received the Hirsch door handle set in the mail.  This kit includes four door handles, one parking brake handle and a smart handle.  All of which are crafted in high-quality leather.   The picture to the left depicts my 9-3 after all of which have been installed.   The trickiest part of the installation was the parking brake handle.

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SU Octoberfest: Walnut Creek, CA (SF Bay Area) **UPDATED … Again

The SaabsUnited Oktoberfest, which is taking place on October 1, 2011 has become an international event.  For those that will be in or near the San Francisco Bay Area, during that time, Dirito Brothers Walnut Creek Saab will be hosting the SaabsUnited Octoberfest, representing California!

When: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: 2031 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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SU-Cars: Meet Lars-Erik

This is Lars-Erik from the Rear side

As I grip the door handle: I swing the door open only to be greeted with the fresh, and moist air flowing from the San Francisco Bay. This cool draft was surely welcomed, as I have just spent the last 90 minutes driving a Deutsch rental (hint: It starts with a “J” and ends with an “etta”).  My ears are still ringing from the excessive wind noise during the journey, which I have just completed. Mere seconds after closing the door, I witness the largest assortment of Saabs that I have ever seen. At this moment, I feel an odd sense of giddiness. This is a curious sensation for someone who hasn’t driven a Saab before. Yet, here I am, walking through a lot full of 9-3s, 9-5s and 900s, finding myself full of intrigue.

Read more after the jump. Also: Check-out this YouTube video of my Saab 9-3.

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Saab is Hiring

Today, three new job postings, at Saab, were published on the Swedish job board Arbetsförmedlingen.

All three have a submission deadline of  September 16, 2011.  Given the short-term nature of these job openings, it seems highly likely that they are related to the ongoing planning/discussions that are currently taking place.

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Saab in good standing with tax payments

While today is the final day for Saab Automobile to pay social security contributions and taxes, the credit on Saab’s account with the Swedish Tax Authority is sufficient to cover taxes for salaries paid in July.

Therefore, there is no need for Saab to make any additional tax payments and is up-to-date on their current tax obligations.

(Source: http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=125&artikel=4643068)

 

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