Saab NG 9-5 Commercials

I love the new 9-5. Not sure I figured it out fully from the very start, but design grows on you. I still think it it has a modern look and the old commercials make me want to buy one. Sad thing you can’t anymore.

I wonder what a Saab commercial would look like 2021, ten years after last Saab was sold, if things would have turned out better?

Watch and enjoy!

Original Saab 9-5 commercial. The car looks stunning! You can recognize scenes from Gothenburg, like the “Göta”-tunnel. I love the song, it gives hope for a better future, which never really came in this case. I could not find out who is singing. Maybe it is Frida Öhrn who sings Release Me in the 9-3 commercial?
The all-new Saab 9-5 ”PLANE’ Advert UK
The all-new Saab 9-5 ‘MOOSE’ Advert UK
The all-new Saab 9-5 ‘ANT’ Advert UK. The ant was often used to promote Bio-ethanol.
All new Saab 9-5 UK TV Commercial
https://youtu.be/VeDLkBMPe_I
NG SAAB 9-5 Commercial.
Presenting the All New Saab 9-5 SportCombi – Finally something in full HD resolution!
Beautiful Swedish Car, SAAB 9 5. This one is a combination of the original commercial and a Romanian test, all put together like a music video. The test part shows a great deal of the NG 9-5 features, like the HUD.
https://youtu.be/j1E3CPqWw5E
Finally another remix composed of Saab 9-5 commercials and the sound from a Volvo XC70 commercial featuring Swedish footballer, Zlatan speaking to a version of the Swedish National Anthem.

Saab CabrioChallenge 2020 – Dalarna

The 2020 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 13th time in a row last summer, and even this time we got a report and great photos (actually more photos then ever) from our friend Mioh!
Thanks for sharing this with us! ?

Because Covid19 and the restrictions that existed at the moment related to Covid19 was the total participants limited to 50 persons.
The meeting started lightly on Friday evening at “Villa Gladtjärn” in Smedjebacken with some small talk and food for those who were in place the day before the main event.
Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, followed by welcome greeting, distribution of roadbooks, two stickers and a few great advice infront of the coming adventure. Afterwards the roofless Saabs rolled out for the roads of the beautiful Dalarna.
Along the roads for destination “Garpenbergs Slott” we were passing trees, bridges, snack opportunity, churches, waterways, Dala-horses, lunchplace, bridges, meadows, ice cream-shops, waterways, bridges and bridges.

After many lovely miles in a lovely hot, sunny and great summer weather we reached our final destination Garpenbergs Slott. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true Saabanda (the famous Saab Spirit). Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before we got a stationary guidance of the castle rooms and history. Then it was time to check out for this time. Satisfied and happy we all thanked eachother for a nice and sunny weekend. Already looking forward to 2021!

This time Mioh also have made a 360 panorma and a video!
You find the pictures under the panorama and video, click on the thumbs for full size and great comments by Mioh! 😀
http://www.mioh.se/media/scc2020/360panorama/ (Opens in a new window)

Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 – from the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 12th time in a row, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! ?
(And yes it’s 2019 edition, the 2020 “Covid-19”-edition were held for a week or so ago)

Saab CabrioChallenge 2019 – from the plains to the metropolitan, from sweet to salt, from Skaraborg to Gothenburg…

The 2019 edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place 16th-18th of August. This event has been driven annually since 2008 and even this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab-enthusiasts. The meeting started lightly on Friday evening på “Lumber & Karle” with a common summerbuffet for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally. Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, followed by welcome greeting and distribution of roadbooks. Afterwards the roofless Saabs rolled out for the roads of the pains.
Along the roads for desination Gothenburg/”Nya varvet”/Dockyard hotel we vere passing trees, churches, meadows, tractors, fields, ice cream-shops, waterways and cider manufacturers. After many lovely miles, our final destination Dockyard hotel was reached. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true “Saabanda”. Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before checkout. Sundays activity consisted of a visit to the swedish ship Götheborg.

We was all very happy and thanked eachother for a nice weekend and the organizers welcomed us all to the Saab CabrioChallenge 2020! Finding a good starting point, a nice coffee place, a good lunch place, reasonably large dinner and overnight accommodation is not entirely easy. Especially when these should preferably be connected by nice and pleasant roads. So once again, many thanks to the organizers of SCC2019! ?

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Swedish Police Museum

As you may have seen in the last post, me and my family made a road trip through Sweden this summer. One of the stops was Stockholm and the Swedish Police Museum.

The Swedish Police started quite early with Volvos and also a variety of foreign cars. In a small showcase we could see a selection of cars and how the paint/patterns had evolved. Two of the cars caught my eye.

Werden vermehrt Bindegewebsfasern mit den Herzmuskel eingelagert, möglicherweise auch die passive Füllung des Herzmuskels gestört dies. Die normale Füllung jener Herzkammer kann dann nur noch durch einen erhöhten Bürde in Vorhof und Kammer erreicht werden. http://kaufenviagrarezeptfrei.com/ Das führt dazu, dass sich, besonders bei Belastung, Blut mit die Lungenstrombahn zurück staut.

First, of course, a Saab 9-5 in the current standard European paint/pattern, also known as the Battenburg pattern.

Secondly, a Porsche 911 in classic black and white, which was the standard paint in Sweden from 1958 to 1984. The Porsches were used to monitor traffic/speed on the most used highways in the 60-ties and 70-ties. No one would dare escaping from a Porsche, would they? The Porsche crews were hand picked and had special training.

Later on, the Porsches were retired when Saab introduced cars which were as quick as the Porsches. Now, how cool is that?

 

Summer Vacation Greetings

I still have a few pictures to publish from the Saab Museum Festival, but they need some more work. In the meantime, I have a couple of posts from my road trip through Sweden. My family and I have traveled from Gothenburg to Skellefteå, some 1300 km. We have made a couple of stops along the way. Not very far from Kolmården Zoo in Norrköping, we just had to make a quick stop to take a photo.

Three white 9-5 sedans parked in a row! Two of them, very similar to my own Saab in the foreground.

Happy vacation!

Time goes by

Time goes by and its now about 8 years since Saab went out of business in its original setting.

NEVS have had their ups and downs. They have mostly been struggling under harsh financial conditions. Something employees from the Saab days are used to, but probably not too happy about. Lately a new major owner, Evergrande, has entered the scene and the wheels are spinning faster again in Trollhättan. Focus is still on the Chinese market and there are currently no formal plans for launching products in Europe or the US.

Quite surprisingly, NEVS lately bought about 20% of the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg and NEVS are also planning for a joint venture company which will produce electric cars and hybrids. Rumors say that Koenigsegg would like to gain access to the Trollhättan plant in order to produce “cheaper” electric cars. The reason for NEVS doing this deal is not that clear. NEVS are focusing on sustainable transport solutions, which has little to do with supercars.

You may remember that Koenigsegg was one of the potential buyers of Saab back in the days. Koenigsegg is now the employer of Saabs United´s founder Steven Wade, Swade.

Another car manufacturer in the western part of Sweden is Volvo. Volvo has been doing great lately, better than ever, I imagine. New plants, lots of new models, lots of sales. Many former employees of Saab have found a new job at Volvo Cars.

The picture below was taken last weekend in the heart of Volvo-land, Torslanda. You may recognize the slogan from Volvo commercials with Swedish celebrities like footballer, Zlatan. The car in the foreground however, is made by Trollhättan.

Saab CabrioChallenge 2018 – Halland – from forest and sea via beech woods to the ocean

The 2018 edition Saab CabrioChallenge was driven for the 11th time in a row, and even this year we got a report and great photos from our old friend Mioh! Thanks for sharing this with us! ?

The 2018 edition of Saab CabrioChallenge took place 10th-12th of August. This event has been driven annually since 2008 and even this year it attracted a large number of happy and pleasant Saab-enthusiasts. The meeting started lightly on Friday evening på “Två Skyttlar” with a common dinner for those who were in place the day before the start of the rally.
Saturday morning we all gathered at breakfast, and after that set up for this years group image. (This year the theme was “Organized Chaos”). After the photosession, welcome greeting and distribution of roadbooks the roofless Saabs rolled out on the roads through beautiful Halland. Along the way to the final destination Tylösand trees, churches, radio-station with thunder and seafood-lunch, meadows, ice cream-shops and waterways were passed. After many lovely miles, our final destination Tylösands Tylö Sun was reached. In the evening we all gathered in the hotel’s large hall where dinner was served to us. Here we enjoyed the whole evening of good food and a nice atmosphere in a true “Saabanda”.
Sunday morning started with a hearty breakfast before checkout. Sundays activity consisted of a visit to Svedinos aviation and car museum. We was all very happy and thanked eachother for a nice weekend and the organizers welcomed us all to the Saab CabrioChallenge 2019!

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Many thanks to the organizers and others for a really nice weekend! ?

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