Saab Sightings

We all see Saabs in various places every day and if you’re like me, you can’t help but crack a smile. Such would have definitely been the case if I’d seen these:

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Rob, from Boston, recently spotted some new parking meters rolling out well-to-do Newberry Street during a recent visit. The new meters contain the usual set of instructions on how to use them, but with a little Saab scne included.

Rob snapped this shot with his camerphone:

Parking meter Saab 900

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Bobby, in Florida, snapped off these pics with his cameraphone as well. This is one of the dealers in Florida making lemonade out of the lemon that is GM’s promotional budget for Saab in 2007.

Saab marketing

Saab marketing

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9 Comments

  1. I know it’s not noteworthy, but the fighter plane depicted on the side of that car is a General Dynamics F-16. Couldn’t they have used a SAAB Gripen, or even an older Viggen or Draken? 😉

    Thanks for the engine pic, Swade. Maybe I can use that as a guide to remember how to put mine back together when I finally find some time to do so! 🙂

  2. Yes, I agree that actually using a Saab A/C product would have been better… They could have at least used a true Jet-Fighter; One from the Navy/Marine Corps aviation!!

    I’m a little biased as a Sailor myself, but the F-14 would have been very Sexy and drawn a few sales 😛

  3. Talonderiel: If they’d used the F-14 people would have accused them of being about 20 years too late in cashing-in on the Top Gun phenomenon! 😉

    I doubt they’re allowed to use the image of the Gripen as it’s owned by SAAB Aerospace and BAE Systems (I don’t think those are Gripens in the television commercials, rather a generic CG fighter plane), but perhaps they still have the rights to use the image and name of the older SAAB fighters (which are still pretty darned cool looking as they were advanced for their time) like the Viggen or Draken. This is why I don’t expect to ever see a SAAB car labeled the “Gripen”, but we’ve already seen the “Viggen” and I’m guessing “Draken” (dragon) is still up for grabs.

  4. I just found something interesting (includes picture) when looking in on the Draken. Apparently a SAAB dealer in Sacramento (California) was way ahead of SAAB USA in the “Born From Jets” thing.

    Back in 2003 this dealer sponsored a SAAB Draken fighter plane out of Reno, Nevada. I’ll bet sales at that dealer are pretty interesting when they can call-in a tactical airstrike (fly-over) from a real SAAB fighter! That’s got to be one of the best PR ideas I’ve seen in some time!

  5. Well, it wasn’t exactly Gripen, but we did get the 9000 Griffen…

    Frankly, I think the next hi-po Saab should be called the Draken. It’s just such a badass name, even if it does mean “kite” as well as “dragon”.

  6. Jeff, ix-nay on the ite-kay thing, okay? If you don’t tell people about it they’ll never know. Plus, “Draken” sounds a lot more like “dragon”. 🙂

    I too would like to see a Draken model.

    Is the link in my comment above working for you guys? It doesn’t work when I click on it, but maybe it’s because it’s my own post?

  7. but perhaps they still have the rights to use the image and name of the older SAAB fighters (which are still pretty darned cool looking as they were advanced for their time) like the Viggen or Draken. This is why I don’t expect to ever see a SAAB car labeled the “Gripen”, but we’ve already seen the “Viggen” and I’m guessing “Draken” (dragon) is still up for grabs.

    …and ‘Tunnen’ (The Barrel) 😀 …oh, and isn’t there a Lansen aswell – the predecessor to the Viggen.

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