SAAB Of The Week

This weeks SAAB Of The Week comes to us from Rudy who had his 9-3 combi in the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland. This area is pretty cool as it has in midsummer, nightless nights where the sun shines day and night and is close to the Santa Claus Village. Rovaniemi according to the website is the official home of Santa Claus. There’s something to share with the little ones. Rudy, thank you for sharing your SAAB with us and thank you for introducing me to this wonderful part of the world. As always, please keep your photos coming to [email protected].


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Saab 9-5 on show in Finland

Saab Finland put on a monster driving event on the 8th and 9th of December.

There were five events held over the two days and all of Saab’s range was present, as were the Saab Performance Team. There were a bunch of new 9-5’s there (XWD, V6, TiD almost all possible variations), 9-3X’s and the new low-emissions 9-3 TTiD’s.

Photo courtesy of Antti Hentinen/Moottori

Events were held for VIP customers (x2), Saab dealers and aftersales staff, the local motoring press as well as members of the Saab Club of Finland.

The events were held at Premier Park, a track 30km east of Helsinki.

From Sauli Naski, Aftersales Manager, Saab Finland:

Everything went fine except that track was too slippery for Performance Team show and instead they just drove customers around in 9-3X to show how the car goes sideways (which it does). For the whole event we had several members from our support team at the Saab HQ in Trollhättan, for example Knut Simonsson for the PR-event. The track was really slippery so it was great possibility to test the new 9-5 with V6 and XWD. It works superbly in slippery conditions as long as one remembers that even the most sophisticated ESP and XWD-systems can’t ignore the laws of physics. We also just got 20cm more snow the day before event begun, so we had up to 50cm of snow in the area. Usually we don’t get that much snow in Southern Finland before January if even then. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the event so it definitely was a success.

Sauli also sent links to some video from the event (slippery indeed!). This is real Saab weather.



Saab Finland are all geared up for a good 2011. I’m sure there will be some reviews come through from the press attendance at these events.

And don’t forget that the 2011 IntSaab meeting is in Finland this year. I’ll be doing whatever I can to get there and I hope you might be able to get there as well.

Saab 9-5 Taxi in Finland

I love it when I hear people getting excited about a new car purchase. I’m a compulsive car shopper, myself, so I completely understand the excitement and appreciation of picking up a new set of wheels.

This is kind of special, though, as this 9-5 purchase is more than just a daily driver. It’s a living for Henri U, a taxi driver from Finland.

In Finland, you have to drive taxis for someone else before you can secure a taxi licence of your own. Henri got his licence back in late 2003 and the first taxi he bought was a 2004 Saab 9-5 2.0t.
Saab 9-5 taxi 1

His second car was a MY2006 Saab 9-5, 2.0t once again, but this time with a bit of Hirsch juice (to get people to their destination a little quicker 🙂 )

9-5 taxi 2

The third car in his line was a MY2007 Saab 9-5 with a 2.3T….

9-5 taxi 3

When things were looking shaky for Saab last winter, Henri was a little worried about putting in his newest order. Things worked out OK, though, and last Monday, Henri picked up the newest in his long line of Saab cabs – a 2011 Saab 9-5 BioPower Aero!

From Henri:

I think my car is the first 9-5 as taxi in Finland and for sure it is first AeroTaxi… 🙂

I drove it 500km in two days, and it is magnificent! I ordered the Infotainment system, Harman/Kardon system and HUD in my car. Parchment leather seats and black car makes a superb combination!

Picking the new car up….

Getting the taxi gear fitted…..

And ready to roll…..


My congratulations to Henri.

If you’re getting a cab in Finland in the next few weeks and it happens to be this car, then make sure you say hello!

Saab updates from Finland – and Australia

Last Friday saw the beginning of Saab Finland as a separate entity from GM.

The following story appeared in last week:

“The smallest car importer of Finland starts tomorrow”

Tomorrow (01.05.2010) the roads of GM and Saab separates for good in Finland as well. From the first of May the imports of Saab in Finland will be handled by Saab Automobile Finland which is owned by the mother company (Saab).

The organisation consists of only 2 persons, which probably makes it the smallest car importer in Finland. In charge of the operations in Finland will be Antti Foudila.

The founding documents of the company was cleared in the Finnish company registry today and during next week the company will separate also physically from GM.

The importing organisation of Saab will move to Vantaa close to the junction of Ring road III and Highway to Hämeenlinna.

Marco provided that translation (thanks!), and as he observed via email to me, things are moving slowly, but more importantly…. they’re heading in the right direction.


And in Australia….

I spoke with the head honcho of Saab in Australia, Parveen Batish, and he confirmed that Saab are still in discussions with people here but couldn’t name those people (i.e. companies) or outline any plans to either appoint a distribution company or do things in-house.

GM are still the effective importer and distributor here in Australia and New Zealand and all dealerships who were selling Saab before could be selling Saab now (if they had stock and a mind to promote it, both of which are in short supply at the moment).

Effectively, nothing’s changed at this point, but we’ll hear from them as soon as it does (I hope 🙂

He did reaffirm that Saab were committed to being in Australia and New Zealand, which is great to hear.

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