Skärmavbild 2016-02-21 kl. 17.32.15

Some of us can say we have a Trollhättan DNA, well if You’re like Tim and me are born by parents raised on the banks of the Göta River that night be true. But just half a century of making SAAB cars the city could hardly have changed any of the pairs in the double helix we call the DNA.

The DNA that some people refers to as having anything to do with SAAB has its roots in the chassis dynamics. Form and shape of the cars has nothing to do with DNA since SAAB has never looked inte the rear mirror when making the new car models. Look at the 99 that replaced the 96 in the late 1960. The only thing that resembled the old car was the front wheel drive an the solid rear axle to some extent. So over the years the design has changed in a progressive way and one of my friends Björn Envall was in control of this for almost 30 years.

The SAAB – DNA is a complex mix of advanced applied and theoretical physics combined with the drivers feel and ability to respond to various forces and frequencies told by the car. When harmony is reached almost as when mastering an instrument. That is where the SAAB – DNA can be found. Some feel it instantaneously some not at all.

– Jörgen Trued, SU Historic Rally Team & S2AB Rally Team Manager & Driver

The DNA is in the perception and feel of the driving dynamic of the cars conveyed to the driver. Probably the best guy in the world in this field is another of my good ex. SAAB friends Magnus Roland. The principles he outlined for the driving dynamics of a SAAB is the DNA. That thinking was used by Magnus when he worked on the Le Mans Corvettes some 15 years ago but before that on the 9000 in particular. A rear axle geometry hat still is top notch and a truly affordable construction. There are manufacturers out there who are interested in this axle. Magnus has worked out some amazing constructions and 3 years ago in with his colleague in the S2AB AB, ex rally world champion Stig Blomqvist a 5 link rear axle for Audi. Or should we say put on an Audi 4S. In testdrives head to head with a standard Audi S4 Stig managed to drive the 5 link faster and with more accuracy and less need for micro adjustments. In collaboration with Benteler in Germany they decided to make a sales push with Audi. But apparently Ferdinand Piech himself stopped it all saying that it was not invented in house. The SAAB 9000 was developed with Stig´s driving style as an inspirational source. And The 9000 turned out to be a great performance car.

From what I have heard is that the NEVS corporation at least CEO Matthias Bergman is interested in the “SAAB-DNA” and the two guys who can inject that into their company is Magnus and Stig. To truly understand the underlaying principles for the fundamentals of chassi dynamics would need a presentation by Magnus himself. He is truly a genius when it comes to get to grips with the twilight-zone of classic mechanical engineering old school and the quantum mechanics and forces for beyond the average scope of a traditional car company. A company making average cars. The car going down the road and into a corner with a driver behind the wheel is a very complex system, truly a system of systems. All frequencies in the tire rubber to the G forces and the the forces in a microscopic level bonding the car to the road are hard to understand for a skilled to average skilled engineer. The driver feels sensations and experience the environment, this interface with the car is where the DNA might be hidden. But to do a truly great car that makes you a better driver requires deep expertise in applied and theoretical physics and psychology (Perception & Decision making). I have had many great discussions with Magnus on the topic of driver performance, he is the wiz of chassis physics and have the Man-Systems-Interaction knowledge.

Most probably the best Swedish drivers through history both from the city of Örebro. Stig Blomqvist and Ronnie Petterson

Ex. Saab Automobile managers charged for economic crime by chief prosecutor

Four managers Victor Muller, Jan-Åke Jonsson, Kristina Geers and a previous company lawyer and a temporary finance director have today been charged by the chief prosecutor for “Grovt försvårande av skattekontroll”, translated into Rough evasion and or making the tax control troublesome or inadequate. A crime that can have the managers in prison from 4 months to 4 years.

Chief prosecutor Olof Sahlgren claims that the five should be charged for together and in a organized way have entered  into the bookkeeping two payments of 3.5 million Euros. This has been made through two bogus/false invoices involving a cyprus company.

All five denies criminal intent or action.

Link to a press release from the Swedish Economic Crime Authority

SAAB Prosecution

NEVS buys 50% of another china company

50% of the shares in the New Long Ma Corporation has been bought by NEVS. They will make some of the vehicles previously ordered from NEVS by Panda New Energy. It is said that NLM has a producing capacity of 150.000 cars/year. Seams like this business development will have little or no impact on the Trollhättan plant.

Rare 4 Door 99GL in Seattle has some Valet damage.


Skärmavbild 2016-02-15 kl. 10.56.44Skärmavbild 2016-02-15 kl. 10.57.04Guess all Saab owners should be careful letting the valet service park the car. Getting the key out of the car is very tricky if one does not own the correct procedure. This Seattle incident was ironed out after som leverage from a local TV station. Would be interesting to know the background of this car. Could it have been an ex. Taxi Cab. It is 4 Door and in bright yellow.

Link to the film from KOMO News:


Fighters take off with the SAAB brand name…..

Skärmavbild 2016-02-01 kl. 09.17.36

We read on various international automotive sites that what we long feared has become true. Saab AB reaffirmed that NEVS will not be allowed to use the Saab name.

“We have revoked their right to use the brand name and there is no longer a discussion about NEVS using it”

Saab AB spokesman Sebastian Carlsson told Automotive News Europe.

I contacted Mr Carlsson this morning and got the information as well. So when are the big SAAB signs taken down at the old manufacturing plant in Trollhättan?

Russian movie of Vladimir Antonov in SU 99 Turbo Rally car

This a very “RAW” copy I was given way after the 2010 Rally to the midnight sun. It was originally ment to be part in the making of the new history of SAAB with its new ownership and leadership both internally in SAAB and as a clip in a russian motors television program featuring Vladimir Antonov and his participation in the classic Swedish Rally. I was given an embargo for some years not to show this videoclip. Due to various copyright issus I suppose. But now when SAAB as a carmaker is gone I feel it is OK to finally show the SAAB enthusiast world an interesting piece of the brand history. Something that could have been so different. Political and and other dark forces stopped it all. The SU Historic Rally Team was planned to expand into a 15 car international team that should travel and compete worldwide. I even got started to plan for 10 more cars in addition to the 5 SAAB 99 Turbo cars that I had made. Well that is all history now but please enjoy this movie.

BEWARE! Could be a scam! 4-SALE: 99 1969 with 23490 km / one owner

Warning! Information on other media indicates that this car sale could be a “scam”. I have not seen the car in person but as with all car sales one has to inspect the car in and out.

It might still be a fine specimen.

Get a brand new SAAB 99 from 1969 for 89500 SEK Posted today at 2 PM

Seller webpage Blocket

Info from DMV:
Registreringsnummer: BTM053
Fabrikat: SAAB 99 COMBI
Färg: RÖD Fordonsslag: PB
Fordonsår: 1969 Fordonsslagsklass: I
Identifieringsnummer: 4615
Fordonskategori EU: M1
Senaste EU-regbevis del 1: 2015-12-16
Senaste EU-regbevis del 2: 2015-12-16

Postnr: 186 42 Förvärvsdatum: 2015-12-13

Försäkringsbolag: IF
Försäkringsdatum: 2015-12-13

Fordonsstatus: I trafik (2015-07-10)
Tillfällig registrering: Nej
Antal ägare: 3 Yrkesmässig trafik: Nej
Fordonet tillverkat:
I trafik första gången i Sverige: 1969-03-25
I trafik första gången (vanligen i utlandet): Import/införsel: Nej
Ägarbunden dispens: Nej
Ägarbunden dispens upphör: Nej

Besiktning senast: 2017-07-31
Senast godkända besiktning: 2015-09-03
Mätarställning: 23421

Fordonsskattepliktigt: Nej Användningsförbud: Nej
Trängselskattepliktigt: Ja
Årsskatt, kr:
Återbetalning vid avställning, kr: 0
Debiterad fordonsskatt, kr: 0
Debiterad avgift, kr: 0
Förfallen fordonsskatt/avgift, kr: 0
Vägtrafikregisteravgift: 50 kr ska betalas samtidigt med årsskatten.

Tekniska data
Kaross: Täckt (01)
Karosserikod tillägg:
Karosserikod särskilda ändamål:
Slagvolym, cm3:
Växellåda: MANUELL

Antal passagerare, max: 4
Antal sittande passagerare, max:
Antal bältade passagerare, max:
Antal passagerare i rullstol, max:
Antal stående passagerare, max:
Skattevikt, kg: 1150
Tjänstevikt (faktisk vikt), kg: 1150
Totalvikt, kg: 1500
Ursprunglig totalvikt, kg: 1500
Max släpvagnsvikt, kg:
Max släpvikt kg, obromsad:
Släpets maximala totalvikt vid körkortsbehörighet B, kg: 2000
Släpets maximala totalvikt vid utökad körkortsbehörighet B, kg: 2750
Max sammanlagd bruttovikt, kg:
Max lastvikt, kg: 350
Kopplingsanordning : KULA
Kopplingsavstånd, mm:
Kopplingsavstånd EU, mm:
Max kopplingsavstånd EU, mm:
Bromsuttag :
Avancerat bromssystem:
Lastutrymmets längd, mm:
Främre överhäng, mm:
Bakre överhäng, mm:
Drivande axlar fram:
Drivande axlar bak:
Antal hjul:
Däckdimension axel 1: 155-15
Däckdimension axel 2: 155-15
Bandbredd, mm:

Längd, mm: 4450 Bredd, mm: 1690
Höjd, mm:

Drivmedel 1: BENSIN
Tankvolym, liter: 45
Motoreffekt, kW: 59,0
Effektnorm: DIN

Euro miljöklassning:


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