International Saab Meeting 2016 coming up

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IntSaab 2016 Programme

It’s now less than two weeks until the International Saab Meeting 2016 (IntSaab 2016) in Linköping – Vadstena, Sweden. IntSaab is a yearly Saab meeting “on tour” in different countries. Last year it was held in Norway, the year before in Poland and so on.

Read more about IntSaab2016 here at SaabsUnited.

The focus, or theme, for IntSaab 2016 is the beginning and early history of Saab cars. As you may know, the first Saab wasn’t built in Trollhättan. The UrSaab was built in 1946 at the Saab airplane workshop in Linköping and the premiere display of Saab 92 was held in 1947 at the Saab staff restaurant Terrassen in Linköping as well. Saab 95 was also assembled in Linköping.

IntSaab 2016 has 600+ registered participants from all over the world. There will be pre-tours from different cities in Sweden, starting Monday-Tuesday, where the guests travel in their Saabs and are shown to some of the most beautiful places in our country (on the way to IntSaab 2016).

Friday and Saturday is filled with activities and events in the cities of Vadstena and Linköping. Sunday 14th of August there will be an open Saab meeting and market at the Vadstena castle (yes, we’ve booked a castle). This will be the largest Saab meet in Sweden 2016, with approx. 1 500-2 000 visitors.

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Vadstena Castle. By Zeddok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
A program for IntSaab 2016 can be found here: IntSaab2016.com, Weekend Programme
We also have a Facebook event for Sunday: Öppen marknad & träff – IntSaab2016 (in Swedish)

IntSaab 2016 is arranged by Svenska Saabklubben (the Swedish Saab Club) and managed by our (awesome) voluntary working members. More stories and pictures from this meeting will follow here at SaabsUnited.

NEVS are creating new jobs (with Phoenix 1.1)

As you all know, not all parts of the new cars from Trollhättan are being made at the Stallbacka plant. NEVS, and Saab Automobile before them, has a large number of independent parts suppliers. And as NEVS are planning to build new cars, the parts suppliers are now also starting to “gear up” again.

In the former Saab model workshop, Cliff Models, are working with NEVS as one of their largest customers. TTELA recently reported that Cliff Models have purchased a Parpas Diamond 30. This is a state of the art gantry style machining centre, used to produce everything from simple models to more complex solutions with hardened steel.

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This Diamond 30 machine is the only one in existence in Sweden today. It’s a big investment for Cliff Models in cooperation with NEVS. Their previous machine could manage at most 5 tonne, while the new machine can manage up to 50 tonne. The work space (where the models/prototypes are made) is 3 x 3 meters and 1,2 meter in height.

Read moreNEVS are creating new jobs (with Phoenix 1.1)

Saab invasion at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Last week I went with my family on a vacation trip to the northern part of Sweden. Northern Sweden is beautiful with its vast landscapes of high mountains, deep valleys, huge forests and coast. This time of the year the sun never sets either. The scenery is breathtaking, especially behind the wheel of a Saab 9-3X.

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Saab cars at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Besides the family vacation, we also went to an oldtimer meetup in the town of Ramsele. There we met up with the Saabklubben localsection of Norrland. A member of the club had arranged for a dinner with a tour of the local power station Storfinnforsen the evening before the meetup. We even got to drive our Saabs across the dam (which, if I remember right, is the largest concrete dam in Sweden).

All Saabs are welcomed in Saabklubben and the cars on the tour ranged from Saab 93 to Saab NG9-5.

Read moreSaab invasion at Ramsele oldtimer meetup

Saab enthusiast meeting at NEVS (with Q&A)

A couple of days after the news that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab, a number of Saab car enthusiasts were invited to a meeting with NEVS at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Among others, the chairmen of Svenska Saabklubben and Saab Turbo Club of Sweden were there, with the Saab Car Museum curator. NEVS held a presentation and showed the group around the plant.

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Saabklubben chairman Karl Ask with Jonas Hernqvist, Sales & Marketing at NEVS.

A more throughly analysis/editorial from the chairman of Saabklubben will follow here at SaabsUnited soon, but for now we have a Q&A (questions & answers) with NEVS along with a large number of pictures from the meeting. These are questions from us and from the readers of SaabsUnited.

Read moreSaab enthusiast meeting at NEVS (with Q&A)

Fly a Saab in Gripen Fighter Challenge

As you all know, new Saabs are still being built. Though these Saabs tend to stay out of reach for the ordinary Saab enthusiast, in terms of cost and driving skills. I’m of course talking about the Saab aircrafts and in particular the recently updated Gripen.

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Saab Gripen. Picture from https://flic.kr/p/q1Ramj

On May the 18th, Saab revealed the new JAS 39 Gripen E fighter jet. JAS stands for Jakt (hunt), Attack and Spaning (reconnaissance), while Gripen is Swedish for Griffin. Gripen replaced Viggen and was originally launched back in 1987 (marking the 50th anniversary of Saab).

The E model of Gripen is the latest and greatest fighter jet from Saab. Gripen is currently in use in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. I’m no expert on these planes, so check out the Gripen website for more information.

The promotional video for Gripen is rather impressive:

If you have ever wanted to fly a Saab, then now’s your chance.

To promote the Gripen E, Saab has just released the game Gripen Fighter Challenge. The game can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. It’s rated from 3 years and above, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being violent or gory.

Here’s an official trailer for Gripen Fighter Challenge:

I’m personally not much for mobile gaming, but I did try it out. The controls are easy, with the plane moving as you move the phone. There’s a number of challenges, with an excellent tutorial, so the game should last a few hours. The graphics are nice (depending on your iOS/Android unit) and the sound is great.

What do you guys (and girls) think about Gripen Fighter Challenge?

Tidbits on NEVS from TTELA

TTELA recently posted an interesting article that sheds some light on the development work and progress of NEVS and their new electric cars. In “Här skapas Nevs nya bilmodeller” (Here the new car models of Nevs are created), TTELA got access to three out of four development rooms at the Stallbacka plant.

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NEVS main entrance at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Picture: Michèl Annink

According to Frank Smit, project manager at NEVS, the whole company is involved in their projects, with 8 people being responsible for different main areas. They work with a large number of engineers in Trollhättan, while close to 80 people are working simultaneously in China (among other things with the new plant there).

As mentioned, they didn’t get access to one particular development room. That room might contain a new Phoenix based electric car.

One of the current projects at NEVS is the development of the third generation NEVS 9-3. “We are working on a new battery and a new electric engine”, Frank Smit says. Even though these cars are based on the Saab 9-3 from 2002, they have basically been built from scratch. There are about 30 NEVS 9-3 in existance in Trollhättan right now and approx. 10 NEVS 9-3 in China.

They also discuss transportation of the cars from Trollhättan to China, where NEVS claim that the Trans-Siberian railway is faster than transport by boat. Tests of the train rails in the Stallbacka plant has therefore recently been made.

Finally, there’s a clock counting down above one of the doors to the development rooms. It’s marked “Time Remaining” and at the time of TTELA’s visit (last Saturday), it was at 334 days. This is most likely a count down for the first car in China. According to Frank Smit this will happen in the second half of 2017.

Be sure to check out the article at TTELA for more pictures from their visit!

SaabsUnited, a slight facelift

As you probably can tell by now, we’ve changed the theme of SaabsUnited. The old theme had been abandoned (by its developer) since more than two years back. This caused the old theme to lack certain functions and potentially contain security holes.

We’ve carefully selected a new theme that is similar to the old one. The new theme is actively updated and works well with all screen sizes (from smart phones to computers and even 4K resolution screens). We’ve also tried to keep all things “as they were” in regards to menus, login form, ads etc.

Again, SaabsUnited will still be SaabsUnited.

We’re not done with the new theme. Among other things we’re gonna add the right logotype (an original of it doesn’t exist, to my knowledge, so it has to be recreated). We also want to make it easier to browse the archive and find (older) interesting posts.

As always, feel free to let us know if there’s something you like/dislike in the comments.

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