Saab 9-3 ePower coming to LA Auto Show

This is just a quick note for those of you who’ll be attending the LA Auto Show next month.

Not only will you be the first people to see the all new Saab 9-4x in person, you’ll also be the first in the US to see the Saab 9-3 ePower concept vehicle in all its 3-spoked glory.

Saab 9-3 ePower Concept

The Saab 9-3 ePower is the prototype vehicle for a fleet of 70 electric Saabs that will be trialled in Sweden in 2011.

The goal of the trial is to test the cars under a variety of real-world driving conditions and verify a useable range of 200 kilometers per charge, which is an extensive distance for a full capacity 5-seat vehicle.

The Saab 9-3 ePower made its global debut at the Paris Auto Show last month.

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LA Auto Show

SHOW DATES
Friday, November 19 — Sunday, November 28, 2010

LOCATION
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151, ext. 3

Updates from the Paris Auto Show

There are snippets of news flying here there and everywhere from the Paris Auto Show.

The Saab stand looks pretty good, too, with a nice enclosed glass booth with a wind generator in it, pushing a whole bunch of leaves around. A nice little BioPower visual. You can just see it behind the girls in green…..

Saab Stand Paris 2010

And here as a filter in front of the Saab 9-5….

Saab 9-5 Leaves Paris

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One good bit of news from Paris comes from Saab Cars North America. They haven’t got final numbers yet (obviously), but it looks like September could be the best months for US Saab sales in nearly 18 months.

Sales numbers should come out in the next few days, so it’ll be interesting to see.

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The Saab 9-3 ePower concept is a feature on the Saab stand and is also looking good….

Saab 9-3 ePower Paris

The wheels look kinda awkward and kinda cool all at the same time. I could definitely get used to them.

Move along, not much to see here….

Saab 9-3 ePower Paris

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SVD.se posted an update from Paris just before I went to bed last night (damn time zones!). Here’s a Googletrans:

Jan Ake Jonsson, and Victor Muller met with Swedish journalists and told them that Saab will expand by some 30 people in the body shop to increase production of the Saab 9-5. One also wonders to increase with a shift to. Then between 200 and 300 recruited. But it is not clear yet.

• Saab’s initial public offering, then?

Victor Muller, open to Saab goes public in Stockholm in early April next year. So clearly the moment he has not been before. But there are many technical obstacles remain.

• What else you met?

I have interviewed Saab’s new design director, Jason Castriota, a 36-year-old New Yorker who already has several full-scale models of a brand new 9-3 model. Full-scale models have been finished this month. By all accounts, it becomes a hatchback-coupe and one should introduce a concept version in the next year, which begins production 2012th

• Is Vladimir Antonov there?

I have not seen him here in the crowd. Victor Muller says he “for discussions” with GM to clear his name and get back in the Saab, but it was rejected by GM Europe president Nick Reilly told TT this morning. Antonov still stands behind the Saab as a financier, but must not come in as a shareholder. Victor Muller raises his voice when asked about the Antonov.

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Jan-Ake Jonsson also spoke to Swedish journalists in Paris about plans to increase output at the Trollhattan plant:

Plans for a second shift at Saab Automobile in Trollhättan is moving forward. Already around October-November is introduced double shifts on the body and 30 new jobs, says Managing Director Jan Åke Jonsson for TT at the Paris Motor Show.

The reason is the change in product mix with increased production of model 9-5. At the end of the year, the entire plant a second shift to meet increased demand expected next year. It’s about a total of 200-300 new jobs.

I’ve heard just in the last 24 hours that Saab have now used up all the 9-5 parts that were pre-assembled in Russelsheim. Everything that goes through now will be 100% done in Sweden.

Monday Morning Snippets

Crazy work day here.

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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.

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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!

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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”

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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.

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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!

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From Mattias:

Saab parked

🙂

Auto Motor and Sport road test True Electric Saab 9-3

Saab are about to show what they’re calling the 9-3 ePower – a concept vehicle made to trial electric technology with a view to future application in road cars.

Their partner in this venture is a company called ElectroEngine and their first vehicle of note has been seen before, known as True Electric. This vehicle is different to the 9-3 ePower, though it’s based on what is basically the same technology.

Auto Motor and Sport visited ElectroEngine and got a chance to drive the True Electric Saab 9-3 Convertible. Swedes should go to Auto Motor and Sport and download the full report in PDF form. My thanks to Arild for this translation.

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Close Encounter

Saab 9-3 True Electric. In about one year’s time, Saab can start selling electric cars that can be driven 300 km on one charge and that costs around 350000 SEK. The company Electroengine, located in Uppsala, is responsible for the flash of genius.

Electric SaabYou’ve read it before: bzzzzzzz, and then the electric car drives away! Zero emissions, zero excitement, zero reality in the world of car buyers – however, the maximum dream, weight and price. But this is not yet another test drive down the same line. Although I’m sitting in the first prototype the driving experience is so good that I would buy it directly. There is no feeling of drawbacks.

The engines don’t sound like high whining sewing machines, but make a kind of rough sound and, yes, a mechanical feeling. Directly on the drive shafts there are two large electric motors of more than 165 horsepower each! There is no gearbox and therefore not any noise from the gears. But what gives you that real feeling of desire is not really the car itself but the fact that the technology inside has taken a major leap forward compared to the electric cars I’ve previously driven. And the strange thing, or should we say symptomatic thing, is that the technology does not come from the automotive sector, but from a small technology company, who happens to be located in Uppsala: Electroengine.

Read moreAuto Motor and Sport road test True Electric Saab 9-3

Press Release: Saab’s product offensive continues (Paris Motor Show)

2010 Paris Motor Show: Saab Highlights

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  • Public debut: Saab 9-3 ePower, first EV from Saab
  • Class-leading 119 g/km CO2 emissions from latest Saab 9-3 diesels
  • New BioPower, diesel and gasoline engines expand Saab 9-5 line-up

Trollhättan, Sweden: Since the re-birth as an independent company just seven months ago, Saab has launched the all-new 9-5 sedan, concentrated all facilities in Sweden, ramped up production, rebuilt the global sales network, and formed new strategic business partnerships.

Looking ahead, there will be two more new products to launch in the next 12 months. Saab’s business plan is on track. In short, the future for Saab Automobile has never looked brighter.

On the stand at this year’s Paris Motor Show, zero-emissions driving and class-leading low CO2 levels are among the eco-benefits on offer from Saab.

Taking center stage and making its public debut, the unique Saab 9-3 ePower is an all-electric version of the 9-3 SportCombi. It is Saab’s first step towards developing an all-electric vehicle and a test fleet of 70 cars will begin user trials in Sweden early next year.

On sale now are the latest 180 hp/132 kW 2.0TTiD Saab 9-3 Sport Sedans, which deliver a class-leading CO2 rating of only 119 g/km. More powerful, two-stage turbocharging is standard for all diesel models, while fuel economy and emissions are improved an average by10 percent across the entire range,

Saab also extends it market leadership in biofuel applications with the introduction of a 220 hp/162 kW, 2.0-liter BioPower engine for the new Saab 9-5 sedan. A more powerful, 190 hp/140 kW, 2.0-liter turbo diesel and a rightsized, 180 hp/132 kW, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo further extend the 9-5’s powertrain line-up.

Saab 9-3 ePower: midsized sports combi with zero emissions
Saab Automobile takes its first step towards developing an all-electric vehicle with the unique Saab 9-3 ePower, a Saab 9-3 SportCombi designed to offer a zero-emissions driving range greater than any EV currently in production.

Read morePress Release: Saab’s product offensive continues (Paris Motor Show)

Saab 9-3 ePower

Press release, via the Saab Newsroom:

Saab 9-3 ePower

Saab Automobile is taking its first step towards developing an all-electric vehicle with the Saab 9-3 ePower.

Making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, the Saab 9-3 ePower is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles which will participate in extensive field trials in Sweden early next year.

The performance of the cars will be evaluated under a variety of real world driving conditions as part of the development process for a purpose-built, electric Saab vehicle. Targets to be verified include a projected driving range of approximately 200 kilometers through the use of high density energy storage in lithium-ion battery cells.

Read moreSaab 9-3 ePower

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