Auto-dimming rearview side mirrors back in stock!

Many of us have been waiting to replace brownish auto-dimming rearview side mirrors for a long while now, as described in this post by Tim. The problem has concerned both 9-3 and 9-5 owners.

Recently this issue has been solved. According to Viktor Karlsson, Product Marketing Manager / Global Marketing at Orio, auto-dimming rearview side mirrors are now available on all markets. It is a long term solution with secured supply over time.

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A MY10 mirror glass (pos11) is combined with a frame (pos5) and a cover (pos10). Parts information has been sent to all retailers. A new mirror will work fine with an older one, if you only need to replace one.

The drawback with this solution is that you need to get the new cover painted.

#stayoriginal – project complete

stay_original_epic_blocket_adFor a few weeks ago I mentioned that Orio started a project named #stayoriginal, and now Orio with help from several helpers, including  from Maptun and Högdalens Bil& Skadecenter completed the project and handed it over to the “new” owner.

At Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter they have removed all rust, they also took care of all the dents – and repainted the entire car. They had also replaced the right rear fender, the wheel arches, all mouldings outside the car and finally a new wind shield. Normally this is work for 3 weeks, but the guys made it in approximately half of the time.

At our friends at Maptun in Örebro three persons worked in total 55 hours to make it ship shape mechanically. The engine has been almost completely rebuilt with for example a new timing chain and the most of the components related to brakes is all new. Inside the car much of the interior is replaced, such as front and rear seats, door panels and more. The AC system has also been overhauled. Many of the parts that Maptun expected would break within a 12 mounts period (witch was a lot) has also had been replaced.

Almost all of the parts on this project come from Orio, they have up to 98% of the parts for our Saabs available at the stock in Nyköping or in production. The things that was a bit tricky to solve was the interior details , for example was the front- and rear seats and the door trims discontinued, but that part was solved with parts from a car recycling in almost  new condition.
In my opinion this is not a very big deal, how many of you have considered to buy brand new seats for your 15 year old 9-5? If you ask me it’s more important to supply (and produce) service- and spare-parts that people need and is necessary for our cars to run –  for example wind shields for the new 9-5 to make an example. I believe that Orio will produce new parts as long someone (we) buy them and Orio make money on that…

The YouTube-clip under is from the handover to the “new” owner, this time Orio has put English subs on the clip, for all of you that don’t understand Swedish! 🙂
If you want to see all the teasers, visit Orio’s #stayoriginal webpage – or their YouTube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d4DjnXCSYw

#stayoriginal

I guess this situation is something that all of us had been in at least one time. You are searching for a “new” car, and you search the classifieds after the perfect car. Some of the classifieds sounds too good to be true, as they for example promise you, let us say, a 10 year old car that is “better then new” and so on. In respect for you guys who are selling your 10 year old car, I’m not saying it is a piece of scrap, but to be honest – how may 10 years is mint condition? But in the opposite end of the scale there is the ones that are totally honest, and this time there is a guy that are very honest in a epic ad titled “Saab 9-5 Estate, you will regret it”…

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In this classified on the Swedish site “Blocket” a guy try to sell a MY00 9-5 Estate that he had bought for his daughter, but the car has caused trouble since he bought it. On the pictures the car looks quite all-right, but the ad says it has a lot of scratches and dents – but that is maybe not the worst thing. The mileage is about 195 000km, and some of the things that are broken is the turbo, AC, brakes, drive shaft joint, SID and other electrical problems, wheel bearings and so on. To a potential buyer of this car the seller requires that you have good economy, a good mental health and at least a Bachelor degree in wrenches… :p The price he is asking is SEK 9000 (about US$1000), but if you have a fantastic fun statement of reasons, you will get it for free, because he need help to get in better mood! :p After the inspection of the car (in Sweden this has to be done every year), there is obviously things to fix, for after this he updated the ad with the words “now I know what to do the next month”…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=394U4_ekIkE

But at this point the rescue is near – Orio, the supplier of Saab original parts, has fallen in love with the humor in this ad, and now they had chosen this car as a “project car”. They want to restore this car to as close to original condition as possible – with original parts.
So for the next month this car will be at two workshops, MapTun in Örebro and at a paint- and body-workshop (Högdalens Bil & Skadecenter) and Orio will post updates and videos from the project on their website – http://www.orio.com/stayoriginal/.
Unfortunately the video is only in Swedish, but I guess many of you will understand what’s going on – and maybe Orio add English subs to the next ones?

Press Release: Orio acquires supplier based Nevs tools

Orio acquires all the supplier-based tools for production of spare parts for Saab cars

Orio AB, formerly Saab Automobile Parts AB, has signed a contract with Nevs and has acquired all the tools located at suppliers and used for producing Saab Original spare parts for all existing Saab models. This secures that Orio can ensure the long-term availability of Saab Original spare parts for all Saab cars globally.

“This is a strategically important acquisition which safeguards the production of Saab Original spare parts in the long term and ensures that we maintain our position as the sole supplier of the entire range of original parts for Saab cars.Saab owners, workshops and other customers all over the world are now guaranteed a supply of spare parts well into the future,” says Jonas Tegström, CEO of Orio AB.

The purchase includes 12,500 tools for manufacturing of spare parts for all existing Saab models. Orio previously had the right to use the tools, but has now taken over full ownership. The tools are located with the suppliers which produce Saab Original parts. The suppliers have been informed about the change of ownership and production of spare parts will continue as normal.

Nevs and Orio AB already have a cooperation agreement concerning the distribution and support of cars produced by Nevs. Nevs will still be able to use the tools to manufacture parts for its production of the Saab 9-3 and other future models.

“Saab Original parts will be an important part of our business for many years to come and owning the tools will be financially beneficial. We will continue to increase our market share for Saab Original parts and are expanding our customer base and network of workshops in order sell our products more widely,” says Jonas Tegström.

Facts Orio AB:

– The company is responsible for warehousing, sale and distribution of Saab Original parts and accessories for all Saab Service Centers and Saab Parts Centers globally and also sell logistics and technical services.
– Number of employees in Sweden: Nyköping about 260, Trollhättan about 50. The company is headquartered in Nyköping.
– The company has subsidiaries in its 9 main markets in Europe and the USA.
– Number of employees in the subsidiaries: about 55.
– Have been responsible for Saab Automobile spare parts handling since the 1960s and are the sole distributor of the entire range of Saab Original parts.
– Storage area: around 88 000 m².
– Storage: about 70 000 articles.
– Capacity: about 30 000 order lines/day.
– Shipment of 50 trucks distributed each day.
– The company is fully owned by the Swedish state.
– On November 13, 2013, the company changed its name from Saab Automobile Parts AB to Orio AB.

Nevs and Orio AB sign agreement on global spare parts supply for the new Saab cars

National Electric Sweden AB, Nevs, has ensured the spare parts supply for the newly manufactured Saab cars by an agreement with Orio AB, former Saab Automobile Parts AB.

The signed agreement now ensures the supply of spare parts for the new Saab customers. The global distribution agreement guarantees that spare parts for the new Saab 9-3 cars manufactured by Nevs in Trollhättan, Sweden, can also be ordered from Orio AB. For service and repairs as well as warranty measures, Nevs guides its customers to the existing Saab Service Centers.

“Our new Saab customers can now be confident that the long term supply of spare parts is ensured through established Saab service centers. Both Orio AB and Nevs are glad to forge closer ties between the two companies, as our agreement gives all Saab owners a high service level”, said Jonas Hernqvist, Director Sales and Marketing of Nevs.

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On December 2nd Orio and NEVS signed a letter of intent now they have signed the final agreement which is good for new and old Saab drivers. New drivers get access to a network of well educated Saab garages and mechanics, and old Saab drivers have now the certainty that Orio is here to stay and will have some more weight when asking a supplier to produce some spares for older Saab cars.

SAAB Parts UK also opens webshop

Tim mentioned yesterday that a new on line shop was available from Orio and thought it might be for Sweden only, well today I received this press release from the UK guys, which confirms we in Great Britain can also buy parts direct. I hope that the rest of Europe, if not The World, will follow soon.

7th March, 2014
SAAB PARTS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ONLINE VIA SAAB SHOP
• Genuine Saab Parts now available to buy quickly and conveniently on-line
• “Buy a Part” is a brand new feature of Saab Parts web-site
• Focuses on routine maintenance and “sale” parts (942 items uploaded)
• Price you see is the price you pay (including VAT and delivery to mainland UK*)
• Genuine Saab Parts sold via the Saab Shop are supported by a 2 year warranty.
Saab Parts UK is delighted to announce a brand new feature to the UK web-site; an on-line Saab Shop. Essentially this enables owners and independent repairers searching for a genuine part for their Saab, to easily complete a search by model at their own convenience.
The “buy a part” facility provides a simple search, highlighting the service items applicable to the car, complete with an image, full description and a price inclusive of VAT and delivery. Simply add your selected part to the basket and proceed through to checkout.
Located within the main Saab Parts UK website, the Saab Shop is a convenient and 24 hour outlet to find and buy parts for your Saab. All the 942 items offered on line are Saab genuine, designed to fit first time, engineered to last, and underpinned with a 2 year warranty.
David Leighton, Sales and Marketing Manager of Saab Parts UK, said: “The Saab Shop is an exciting new initiative to make genuine Saab parts more accessible and easier to buy for everyone. Given the increasing popularity of on-line sales in all walks of life, Saab Parts UK is delighted to offer the marketplace another route to buy genuine Saab parts.”
You can visit the Saab Shop by going to the Saab Parts UK homepage www.saabparts.com/en-gb/uk  and select the Buy a Part function on the top title bar.

For further information please contact:
Saab Parts UK
Unit 40, Innovation Centre
University Way
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
MK43 0TB
Website: www.saabparts.com/uk
Tel: 01234 756800
e-mail: [email protected]

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