Searching for Spoilers…

David comes to us with a very specific request…

He’s looking for anyone with real life pictures of the new 9-5 with the optional spoiler. If you happen to have a photo of one (even better if you have it installed on your own 9-5..) send us a tip to [email protected]

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UPDATE*

We have received two photos from Alan Tsao in Taiwan and Nabu from the Paris Auto Show, thank you =)

 

Press Release: Saab GB Celebrates History of Iconic Model

With the launch of Saab’s most advanced car to date, the all-new Saab 9-5 Saloon and the arrival of the 9-5 SportWagon later this year, Saab is celebrating the history of this range by giving classic 9-5 owners the opportunity to revitalise their car.

Available for 9-5 models dating back as far as 1998, the Saab 9-5 accessories promotion will include engine tuning kits, body kits, alloy wheels, cargo items and more at great prices.   

Renowned for their longevity and durability, Saab vehicles as old as thirteen years are just as reliable as today’s models. Whatever the age, every Saab 9-5 will be able to benefit from an investment in updated accessories.

Designed to ensure optimum functionality, quality and performance, all 9-5 accessories are genuine Saab parts and prices include fitting where necessary.

Saab’s dedicated Owners Area website, an online loyalty club for Saab owners of three years or more, offers members access to all the latest Saab news and offers, as well savings on both parts and labour. The classic 9-5 accessories range is available to view on the Saab GB Owners Area website, visit www.saabserviceclub.co.uk for more information.

David Leighton, Business Development Manager – After Sales at Saab GB comments: “The 9-5 has always been a well-loved model with Saab customers and we thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate this classic model with customers by holding a 9-5 accessories promotion.

“Revitalising your car with accessories such as new wheels or fine tuning your engine can really breathe new life into the performance of your car and the driving experience, whilst customising your boot space or adding handy items such as tow or roof bars, can really help personalise your car to suit your lifestyle.

For further information about the 9-5 accessories promotion please visit your local Saab dealership.

My bit:
This offer is also going out to the Swedish Saab Owners too. The dedicated web address to visit is here

EnG Snippets – Tax Abatement Style

Good evening all Saabisti! A few ruminations from my head to yours.
As expected, Saab Cars North America was approved for a tax abatement from the city of Royal Oak, Michigan to locate their new headquarters in an existing facility in that city.
Where is Royal Oak? It’s about 15 miles north northwest from downtown Detroit.
Here is the specific location to which Saab Cars North America plans to move:

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As reported earlier, Saab Cars North America is also expecting incentives from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA), a state-level agency, and will not commit to the location until that agreement is reached. Apparently the local tax abatement, which is only about US$6,000 per year for the next four years, is necessary for the city and Saab to apply for funds from MEGA totaling about US$1.2 million.
You would have read this article about five hours ago if you were following me on Twitter.
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A funny thing happened to me at the hardware store….
Today I got my hands a little dirty and replaced the worn tie rods on my 1999 Saab 9-5. It’s not a particularly difficult job, and I’d gotten the tie rods about a month ago via mail, so today was the day.
I got the car up on the jack stands, wheels off and started to get the old tie rods off. Judging from the size of the nut, I figured that it was a 17 mm. I got my trusty socket set out and turned back to my work only to find that the nut was larger than 17 mm. So, naturally, I tried the next larger size from my socket set — a 19 mm socket. It was too big. Now, this is where things get a little dicey for us in the US: Were these replaced at some point with parts that used English measures? Quickly doing the math in my head, I confirmed that the 19mm is virtually equivalent to three-quarter inch, which leaves 11/16-inch was the only reasonable choice. Knowing that the 11/16-inch iss very close in size to the 17 mm, I didn’t think that was right, either. Figuring that it was worth a shot, I tried and failed with that one, too.
It was an 18 mm. How annoying. Virtually no consumer-grade metric wrench sets available in the United States include an 18 mm size.
I trekked down to my local hardware store who I trust to have this kind of stuff. They carry the details. I’m thankful for that. This is the kind of place where they still have six or eight knowledgeable staff around even on the weekends, so I was not surprised to see someone approach me as I perused the sockets. Not even looking up from my task, I was surprised at what I heard upon approach. I heard a voice saying, in perfect deadpan, “I’m not at all surprised to see you here looking the metric sockets.” Looking up, I recognized a semi-famous friend of mine there getting a little grass seed and a box of fireplace matches.
You see, this fellow has a new-generation Saab 900 convertible that has a balky top. At this point he’s got about $2,000 invested in the top alone, and he’s had a couple of odd ball electrical issues with the car. He loves it, but he has a defeated sense of humor about the quirks of working on his Saab. He and I have compared notes on numerous occasions. Because I’ve been primarily a C900 owner, I’ve not experienced some of the pain that he has suffered, and I often find myself defending Saab while he rants a little about the weird things that he’s encountered. Today, I had to admit that he was right. Right as rain. I was at the hardware store, buying a tool that I would likely use once and never again just to change the tie rods on the 9-5.
That’s right, I’ll use the 18mm socket just once because the OEM replacements came with 19 mm nuts on them. Really.
That’s quirky. I know that Swade hates that term, but it’s reality sometimes.
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Your moment of zen.

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Courtesy of Flickr.

Simon Padian comments on the new 9-5

Simon Padian is the design chief for Saab, and he’s obviously a great communicator of his designs and the elements that he feels are important in all of the components.
This video is his take on how the Saab 9-5 breaks down design wise. It’s nothing that any of us couldn’t come up with ourselves, but it is reassuring to hear that he’s purposely retained some of the “typically Saab” concepts — wrap-around windshield, hockey-stick line, curving C-pillar, clamshell hood, wrap-around headlamps. Naturally, the car is a success looking for some sales and he makes mention of that in this clip.
Again, nothing revolutionary here in this specific video, but it’s nice to hear from the man himself. Enjoy!



Swade’s in Germany Snippets

EnG here to bring a few small bits into the conversation while Swade is filling himself with Schweinshaxe and Ebbelwoi.
Snippet Number One: Interesting video from Frankfurt over on the Saab Newsroom (as posted first by Swade here):




To recap:
1. Chinese ownership comes with easier access to the exploding Chinese market. In the words of Mr. Jonsson, “You gotta be there.”
2. Saab is destined to become “more Swedish” with operations “concentrated in Trollhattan, Sweden”. Music to my ears!
3. Saab will soon be independent of GM and will have the capabilities of a full OEM.
Snippet Number Two: The hatch goes high-end.
Take a good look at this excellent post over at Automobiles Deluxe on the subject of the Porsche Panamerican and the BMW 5-series Gran Turismo. Both are five-door layouts, with the Bimmer going one extra with a nifty little hatch-within-a-hatch design.
If BMW and Porsche pave the way, how can Saab not offer a 5-door 9-5?
Swade, I suggest, nay, demand that you ask the Saab movers and shakers about their planned response. Should be fun to hear!
Snippet Number Three:
Step on over to Autoblog for some great high-res images of the 9-5 from the Frankfurt show.
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Snippet Number Four:
The venerable Wall Street Journal published a few notes on Saab ownership from Bejing Auto’s point of view. The article, reproduced in entirety after the jump, contains some of the expected information (“leveraging strengths”, “provide know-how”, etc.), but also provides some insight that’s not been overtly stated until now.
For instance:

Mr. Wang said the strategic alliance would be modeled on the partnership between France’s Renault SA and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co.
Those companies have made substantial savings by sharing basic vehicle underpinnings and other technologies and combining forces in purchasing components, while keeping separate brands and corporate identities.

This begs the question: what’s in the BAIC parts bin for Saab? Does anyone really know?

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EnG Snippets – Eclectic Edition

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is simply too much pent-up content sitting in my bookmarks not to share, but how to do it? There’s no theme, just bits and pieces. Most unrelated. Hence the title of this post. It could have easily been “Clear the Attic Edition”.
The Saab “Changing Perspectives” web site has launched.
This is the online companion piece to the recent television advertisement released by Saab.
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I like it — it’s playful without being too silly. However, “driving” a Sharpie isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
More after the jump….

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