Wednesday Snippets – airbag edition

Tonsilitis still sucks, but the Girl Who Played with Fire was awesome.

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Wulf has picked up on a quick interview with Victor Muller, which appears in the latest magazine from the American International Auto Dealers Association.

You can view the interview itself on Saabworld, or go to the AIADA website and download a copy of the magazine.

It’s a short piece, but it’s Victor, and any interview with Victor makes for interesting reading.

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Voting for the Norwegian Car of The Year is open and the Saab 9-5 is on the ballot.

Click that link, select the 9-5 in the poll at the bottom and then click the button “send inn”.

I thought we’d done one of these Norwegian awards already. How many of them are there?

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And whilst you’re in a voting frame of mind, why not get a Saabnut into the finals of Jalopnik’s Next Top Car Blogger competition?

Phil Lacefield Jr is currently in second place and only the top two get into the final of the competition. It’d be terrible to see him drop down to third and miss out, so please click here and cast your vote for Phil Lacefield Jr.

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Beijing Automotive bought some old Saab assets at the end of last year. We’ve seen a couple of their ideas for their remodelled Saabs already, and here’s something they’re going to build on the architecture of the Saab 9-3:

BAIC B61

It’s called the B61 concept and yes, it’s a little scary. More photos here.

It seems they’re planning a plethora of new cars based on their architecture acquisitions. From the China Car Times:

Other plans for the Saab 9-3 platform include a compact SUV that has been codenamed BC506, and was on show in Beijing as the B61 SUV, as well as the compact SUV, BAIC are already preparing a Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze fighter that has been codenamed BC501. Another mid size SUV is being developed, this will be codenamed BU506 and will also be be based on the 9-3 platform, it is rumored that the 007 and B40 SUV models are based on the 9-3 platform.

Thanks Justyn

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From a news site in Malmo, Sweden.

Nooooooooooooooooo!

Lighted Saab 9-5

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And finally, I can’t resist sharing this. Don’t try this at home.

Note the Saab wheel to the left of this rather drunken airbag test…..

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flE41vwPTds

Vote for Phil (again) at Jalopnik

UPDATE: Jalopnik have changed the system!!

Instead of just visiting the author’s article, they now have a poll in place (which is much simpler, anyway).

Please vote for Phil Lacefield Jr in the poll and let’s get a Saabnut an opportunity at Jalopnik.

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Jalopnik are holding a contest called America’s Next Top Blogger and here’s how it works…..

They’re actually auditioning potential bloggers for the position of weekend editor. This process involves getting heaps and heaps of people to provide them with free content. The candidates then have to promote their article as much as possible because the most popular article, as measured by the number of unique pageviews, progresses through to the next round.

Free content, extra traffic! It’s a win-win! Brilliant move by the Los Jalops.

One of the candidates for this job is an SU reader and a guy I met in Seattle a few years ago. He’s known to many in the northwest by the kilt that covers his ‘bits’ on some occasions. His name is Phil Lacefield Jr.

Many of you ‘voted’ for Phil when I mentioned his entry in the first round and I’m pleased to report that he’s made it into the Top 20.

This week’s assignment was to produce 300 words on a “secret car” – i.e. a car that had never featured on Jalopnik before. That’s quite a task if you consider their considerable archive and penchant for the unusual.

Phil chose to cover Saab’s Friction Testers – great idea!

So how do you vote for Phil? It’s easy. Simply click here and read the article. The click itself is your vote, but you may as well read it while you’re there.

Go Phil!

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SU/TS previous writings on Friction testers:

Friday Night Snippets – the kitchen sink edition

I’m still catching up with a lot of stories after my expedition this week….

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Saab are reported to have received interest from other companies in using their Phoenix platform, under development for the new Saab 9-3 replacement.

Victor Muller was speaking in the US earlier this week….

We’re in constant dialogue with a number of players to share the (9-3) technology. There are parties that are interested in talking about possible licensing of the technology

There’s also talk there about BMW and the proposed Saab 92 model, but Victor was being coy once again on that one.

“Clearly we have a preference, but whether it’s BMW, I can’t tell you,” Muller said. “BMW would make a wonderful partner.”

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I love Sweden and all the people I’ve met there.

Even thieves are nice in Sweden.

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Joran Hagglund, the Swedish government’s point man on the Saab deal earlier this year, has decided to leave the public service.

There’s no word yet on what he’ll do next but he says he’s got offers on the table. I’m sure he won’t be bored.

Mr Hagglund – you frustrated the daylights out of me sometimes, but you came through once you were pushed hard enough. Enjoy your semi-retirement.

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Today’s “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” vehicle on Jalopnik comes from the classified pages of Saabnet.

Saab 900 Carlsson mockup

It’s a Carlsson mockup and it’s very, very white.

I can almost handle that and think to myself that it might be “Nice Price”. Then I see the back. Definitely re-worked under the influence of the crack pipe. Sorry, Saab owning friend, but that’s just not on.

Thanks John C!

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Hirsch upgrade information for selected Saab 9-5 models has been shown on the Hirsch website. There are no prices yet, and not much information on whether this is just software or if there are hardware upgrades still to come, but it’s as follows:

  • TiD – original 160hp/350Nm. Tuned 180hp/400Nm
  • 2.0T – original 220hp/350Nm. Tuned: 260hp/400Nm
  • 2.8T – original 300hp/400Nm. Tuned 330hp/430Nm

All are listed as “Coming soon”.

I would wet my pants if I got the opportunity to drive that 2.0T configured like that. With increased oomph but the same light weight and agility, It’d be more fun than a sack full of grandpappies.

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I have a couple of great purchase stories to share in the coming days. I’ll share a few pics now, and stories later.

First, Greg Abbott’s picked up a new 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero and is one extremely happy camper:

Greg Saab 9-5

And Marko’s picked up a Saab 9-3 TTiD SportCombi with a story so cool I actually forwarded it on to Victor Muller today. I’ll share it here soon.

Marko Saab 9-3 Aero TTiD

EnG Snippets Monday Edition

There’s still plenty to write about which I’m sure is frustrating to Swade, given that he’s not got internet access.
In this post:
– One of the better summations of the past week from the Saab perspective comes from the AP wire photo of Jan-Ake Jonsson.
– Jalopnik’s Project Car Hell has some fun at GM Europe’s expense.
– Continued reports of interested buyers for Saab.

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