Wednesday Snippets – Sonett edition

One of our regulars here at SU has just bought a mighty fine looking Sonett in the US. I hope to squeeze some good pics out of him when he gains possession soon.

Auto Motor and Sport seem to be keen on Sonetts at the moment, too, though of a different vintage.

AMS Sonett front Cover

I don’t know what the tone of the story is, but their new edition with that front cover will be on sale this Thursday.

Thanks to Kashif, and Sven, for the tip!


Speaking of magazines……

TIME Magazine has just named the Saab 9-5 amongst its Best Cars of 2011.

Good to see!

Thanks to John M and Joe P!


Saab’s quarrel with the Västra Götaland administrative board has just been escalated to “debt collection” status.

The Västra Götaland county loaned Saab a bunch of money when Saab went into administration back in February 2009. This money was used to pay staff salaries at the start of the administration process. The VG county wants repayment of outstanding amounts, which Saab say are not repayable because of the 75% debt reduction they were granted as part of the administration process. Saab have repaid the 25% that they see as their obligation.

Västra Götaland say the loan should have been excluded from that agreement. Saab say it’s part of it. Both sides are sticking to their guns.

VM has previously said that Saab will make provisions and pay the amount if ordered to do so by the courts, but it seems Saab believe they have a solid case and are willing to be persued and taken to the judiciary.


To some more Brown Saabs, then!

This is a 1977 Saab 99GL in Dorado Brown with less than 60,000 miles on the clock! It’s owner is a lady named Linnea K and the car is officially nicknamed “Cocoa”. It has a secondary nickname, too, with the licence plate translating to “angry snail”, which is how it sounds on the highway, apparently 🙂

Cocoa Saab 99GL

AlanH has written in with some Brown Saab memories, too.

For his family, their entire Saab experience started with a brown Saab 99GLE back in 1976, with gold-trimmed soccerball wheels and a brown/gold interior.

Just like the brochure…..

Saab 99 GLE

It’s so good to see brown coming back from it’s 1970s exile.

Monday Morning Snippets

Crazy work day here.


Swedish elections are over and I’d like to welcome Sweden to the increasingly popular land of difficult hung parliaments.

There’s an interesting profile of Prime Minister Reinfeldt here. He drives a Saab. Pity it didn’t make him more amenable to helping them out quickly and efficiently back when it mattered, but I guess he had what seemed like bigger fish to fry.


A German magazine has been photoshopping the Saab 9-4x – with 9-5 wheels and what is presumably a paint scheme to reflect the new Dutch ownership of the company.

saab 9-4x in orange

The article seems to be about the LA Auto Show in November, though I don’t think we’re going to see an orange 9-4x there. Snow Silver or white, maybe. Orange? No.

Thanks Till!


And speaking of the LA Auto Show…..

“Me” has tracked down the floorplan for the show, which will be at the LA Convention Center from November 19 to 28.

Saab will have 6,000 sq ft of space in the South Hall, wedged between Volkswagen and Suzuki. Click.

LA Auto Show Layout 2010

Thanks “Me”


The CEO of Boston Power is very happy about the Saab 9-3 ePower to be shown at the Paris Motor Show.

This car has 27 percent more driving range per weight and volume than any other [electric] car…..she said. The company will test the vehicles in Sweden over the next two years, but Lampe-Onnerud said that Saab has promised to send her one.

I guess you could say that that’s the most exciting thing about the ePower. If you could make it commercially viable, then it’s not just an electric vehicle (a-la the Tesla), it’s a useful electric vehicle.

I don’t expect any full electric Saabs in the near-medium term, however, despite the enthusiasm shown by Auto Motor and Sport for their test drive of the Pure Electric Saab 9-3 Convertible. This fleet Saab are doing is a test fleet and I think it’s aimed at learning more about the tech so they can adapt it to things consumers are more accustomed or open to using already – hybrids.


Another Brown Saab…..

Saab 99 GLE

This 1976 Saab 99GLE was owned by Kyle W in California. He got it when he was just 12 years old and it actually survived a T-bone accident (protecting his parents at the same time), was rebuilt and stayed in the family for some considerable time.

He mentions in his email that his wife now drives a Hazelnut Saab 9-3, keeping the brown connection alive!


From Mattias:

Saab parked


Even More Brown Saabs

A few more brown (and brown-ish) Saabs have come through, either via email, or a quick web search.

Java Metallic – your Saab brothers in brown-ness bid you a warm welcome to the family……

The very exclusive Saab 98….

saab 98

Jacob T’s very special custom Saab 92….

Custom Brown Saab 92

Did you know that you can express your vintage Saab brown style any time you want?

An unintentionally brown (in parts) Saab 99….

Golfhunter’s beautiful Saab 99, named Tartine….

Tartine - a Saab 99

Copper Bronze, as per the Saab 99 brochure from the early 1970’s….(thanks to Saabaudi)

The brown sheep of the family, a Cocoa Saab 9-7x….

Cocoa Saab 9-7x

I’m not sure this is original, but apparently the color didn’t stop this 900 from selling….

Brown Saab 900

Is this smoke beige metallic? Hazelnut!

2002 Saab 9-3 SE brown

And a quite brown Saab 9000 from the mid 1980’s….


More brown Saabs…….

My Buzz-buddy dug out some more brown Saabs today to go along with the Java Metallic Saab 9-3 we showed earlier today.

It’s not a color you see that often, on Saabs or pretty much anything else.

Brown Saab 96

Brown Saab 99

And this one might be subject to some legal action if the company concerned finds out 🙂 but let’s just keep it between you and me, eh?

It’s from Roy S…..

Brown Saabs

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