Italian Convertible Sunday

(From our friend Talija, translated by my wife, comes a report from a recent club meeting)

Last Sunday in Italy (Friuli district) an annual gathering of 900 OG convertibles took place.

This year only six beauties turned up. At last year’s meeting more than 20 retro convertibles attended. All belong to longtime owners who know each other.

Organizers of the meeting of the club were SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO.

We discussed food (an important topic for a conversation in Italy), the destiny of Saab and how sad that the glory days of the great brand rests in the past. And how great, that these Swedish convertibles were made in Uusikaupunki, Finland. 🙂

Passing cars saluted us with a solid blast of their horn – their passengers all waves and smiles.

Next meeting of the SAAB 900 CABRIO AMATORI TRIVENETO (Italy) club is scheduled for September. Region Veneto. (Venice)

SaabWay Club Italy

I wasn’t sure when I put the call out to Saab Clubs to tell their stories if I would receive much in response. I have been very happy and surprised with the response so far. In this second installment, we are introduced to the SaabWay Club of Italy from the President of the club, Luca Seghezzi. If you click the logo below, you can check out their website or click ->HERE<- to view their facebook photo page. I’ll turn it over now to Luca to introduce us all to the SaabWay Club of Italy.

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Saab Club Italia: “Flying Saab” This weekend.

The Saab Club of Italy are putting on a fantastic event this weekend called “Flying Saab”
Here is a little bit of information in their own words.
We look forward to hearing how the event went as well as seeing photographs and hope all those Saab fans in Italy can make the journey.

Hello SaabsUnited
We wanted to point out to all of this fantastic event organized in Italy by Saab Club Italia: “Flying Saab” (10/11 September near Verona town)
An event that will give the opportunity to experience the historical and new born Saab, know info and curiosity on brand and fly by helicopter, skydiving and gliding!!!

For more info, here are three links:
1) http://www.saabnews.it/2011/06/flying-saab-levento-italiano-dedicato-a-saab/
2) http://www.saabnews.it/2011/07/nuove-news-su-flying-saab/
3) http://www.saabclub.it/
It would be a pleasure for us and for the organizers (Saab Club Italia)…

Thank’s a lot!

Saab smaller market sales data – December 2010

UPDATED!!

It’s sales data time again. Thanks to BoeBoe for many of them in comments and others via email.

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Taiwan

December: 66 (+0,81% vs 61 from 2009)

Full year 2010: 390 (-1,51% vs 396 from 2009)

Thanks Alan!

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Germany

December: 131 (+70,13%)

Full year 2010: 2010: 788 (-37,71%)

There were 68,551 Saabs registered in Germany on January 1st 2010 (-3.34%, market share 0,16%, total amount of registered cars in Germany: 41,737,627) in comparison to January 1st 2009 (70,920, market share 0,17%).

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Luxembourg

Dec 2010 – 5

Year 2010 – 56 (70 in 2009)

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Slovenia

November – 2 (3 in 2009)
December – TBA
Jan-Nov 2010 – 12 (22 in 2009)

Thanks Marko!

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Norway

December: 76 (26) +192%
Year: 390 (420) -7%

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Canada

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 2 vs 53 (-96,23%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 2 vs 777 (-99,74%)

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Russia

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 0 vs 33 (-100%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 197 vs 368 (-46,47%)

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Switzerland

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 107 vs 51 (+109,80%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 628 vs 714 (-12,04%)

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France

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 110 vs 101 (+8,91%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 574 vs 1.585 (-63,79%)

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Spain

From Cardoso, via email….

Hi, Swade,

I send you the Spanish sales of Saab of December. This month Saab sold 119 cars in Spain (there were 115 in December 2009).

The final sales for 2010 were 755 cars (1.577 in 2009).

Nevertheless, the figures are growing pretty good in the last few months here in my country. If my memory doesn’t fail, 36 cars were sold in August, 63 in September, 69 in October, 81 in November and, finally, 119 in December.

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Italy

From Carlo, via email….

Sales in Dec 2010 were 99 (Dec 09: 127; -22%)

Total Sales in 2010 were 633 (total 2009: 1891; -52%)

My guess is that 99 would definitely be the highest monthly total for 2010 in Italy. Even if the total number for the year is down, the trend is on the way back up.

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Netherlands

From BoeBoe, via comments:

December (’10 vs ’09)
9-3 6 vs 2 (+200%)
9-5 2 vs 3 (-33,33%)
Total 8 vs 5 (+60%)

2010 vs 2009
9-3 339 vs 422 (-19,67%)
9-5 191 vs 96 (+98,96%)
9-7X 0 vs 3 (-100%)
Total 530 vs 521 (+1,72%)

That’s still alarmingly low for the Dutch market.

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Belgium

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 69 vs 50 (+38%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 1.090 vs 1.259 (-13,42%)

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Portugal

December (’10 vs ’09)
Total 8 vs 7 (+14,29%)

2010 vs 2009
Total 31 vs 121 (-74,38%)

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Finland:

Dec 2010: 42

Full year 2010: 199 (371 in 2009)

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I’ll add more countries as they come in.

Monday Night Snippets

Want to help one of our regulars here at SU?

Phil Lacefield is a young guy who’s entered into Jalopnik’s America’s Next Top Car Blogger competition and you can vote for him simply by clicking this link and reading his article. It’s about Saab and whilst I don’t like the headline (unnecessary negativity) it’s a good read.

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One of my mates in England, Mike P, took his 900 out on the weekend for a track day at Mallory Park. Very nice form, Mike.

Saab 900

Unfortunately, the car developed some electrical and fuel problems, shortening their day. Mike ponders if the car would make a good boat anchor, below 🙂

Saab 900

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Does anyone visiting here live in the Dallas or Fort Worth area and have a spare garage space I could use for around a month or so?

Just asking…..

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We’ve done a little bit on hypermiling and fuel economy in the past. Frankly, it’s not a huge interest of mine as I enjoy the turbo rush a little too much.

Still, for those of you who are interested, this guy got 51mpg (US measurement) from his Saab NG900.

Thanks to Charron for the tip!

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As seen at Landvetter airport, Gothenburg, by Henrik….

Saab 9-5 Landvetter

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Saab had a big marketing push in Italy last week to promote the new Saab 9-5.

This comprised:
– TV adverts on national channels
– banners on important websites such as www.lastampa.it
– full pages on national daily newspapers (like the one below).

Saab Italy Advert

The advert says

“those with their roots in the sky, could only create a car out of ordinary. The new 9-5 has arrived and thanks to its innovative solutions and advanced technology it offers a unique driving experience. New SAAB 9-5, drive it with different eyes. Discover it on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd”

I hope the test drives went well!

Thanks to Carlo for the tip!

Saab 900 and the Stelvio Pass

Does anything else need to be said?

Two of the greatest driving Saabs – 900 Turbos – and one of the world’s greatest driving road – the Stelvio pass.

It’s Dutchies on the loose once again…..

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwpCdwGLF2w

Thanks to Jan-Wessel – who’s in the black car, I believe! Great stuff.

Wednesday Night Snippets

Just a few days to go now until we jump on a plane.

Do we need to nominate an nightly SU meeting point for people who’ll be at the Festival to gather together for a beverage and the putting of names to faces? Butlers? Swania?

To the news…..

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SVD are reporting that one of Saab’s suppliers will be cutting short its annual vacation in order to ensure continued supply to the factory.

The IAC Group factory in Färgelanda, Dalsland, which delivers parts to Saab Automobile, is producing at full speed. The factory managament breaks the industry holiday for the employees. Especially in week 29 Saab has requested quick deliveries for parts both for the new 9-5 and the 9-3. Many employees have to accept three weeks of continous summer holiday.

Knowing how much Swedes treasure their summer break it really is welcome news to see Saab’s suppliers so supportive in this critical period.

Saab’s workers will be taking the same shortened break this year, IIRC.

Thanks to Carl-Henrik for the tip.

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Victor Muller’s plans for a dual stock listing could come to fruition before the end of the year. They will look to have the company stock listed both in Amsterdam and Stockholm.

From Reuters

“It depends on the outcome of our inventory … how much work needs to be done. If we have to go through a full due diligence, it will take much more time than if we can do … limited due diligence. I would say a minimum of three to four months.”….

….He said on Tuesday the dual listing plan is not designed to raise more cash. “Maybe in order to facilitate, we will do a small issue, but I don’t think so actually,” Muller said.

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The same report gives some indication as to the continuing rollout of the new Saab 9-5:

Jonsson added the company has already launched the 9-5 in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands and cars will be sent to Spain, Denmark and Finland next week.

“By the end of July we will have done all countries, including the U.S., except for Asia and the Pacific,” he said.

I don’t know how much that will help our anxious friends in Russia or Canada, but it’s more than we had a few days ago.

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“So Swedish So Saab”

That will a tagline used in some UK advertising, being handled by McCann Erickson Birmingham.

Featuring an Elk, the campaign will promote the Saab 9-5 model, created by Swedish agency Lowe Brindfors. The campaign will highlight the Swedish heritage of the brand through the use of the Elk and the tagline ‘So Swedish So Saab’.

Running across TV, outdoor, print, digital and DM, the campaign will also feature a series of idents on Sky.

Interesting.

Saab Italy will be moving from Rome, back to it’s original home in Bologna.

The new CEO of the company, Gianni Costantini, a veteran of the Saab brand, and since 2004 responsible for all the southern European region, in an interview to Ansa gave some details of plans for the future: “The company was incorporated on June the 16th but for the sale of the business from General Motors, the Saab Italy branch will not be officially operational until July the 1st”.

“The objective is to achieve again the record sales reached in 2008: We will be happy if next year we will sell around 3000-3500 cars, and than reach 4500 cars in 2012. Thanks to a very lean and innovative business model: in Italy we will manage the network, while all the other activities we’ll be done directly from Sweden”.

Those who read Italian may have already seen a fuller report over Saabnews.it If not, now you can 🙂

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Wired Magazine:

Thanks Ade!

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