Saabosphere – Saab links we liked this week

It’s been another week where Saab has been covered with some great stories out in the Saabosphere. Let’s a look at some of the links we liked this week.

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Carsales.com.au featured a great review of the Saab 9-5 today, including some of the best photography I’ve seen for a web review.

Well worth your reading.

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There’s nothing like a good spirited discussion and Saabs United had one a few days ago, debating the various options available for marketing and pricing Saab cars in the US. I read through the entire discussion when it was around 180 comments in length. It’s at 358 comments as I write this and that’s substantial, both in terms of quantity and in most cases, quality.

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Arild has posted an interesting summary of what the community knows so far about the upcoming Saab 9-3 replacement. It’s about as comprehensive a document as you can see on this subject right now and no, I can’t comment on the accuracy of the summary 😉

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‘BaileyUSA115’ has a fantastic set of photos from the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals held a week or so ago in Pennsylvania, including some great shots from the Saab Heritage Collection displayed at the show, and other Saabs that were gathered at the event (close to 300 of them!)

You should out his full set of Carlisle images on Flickr.

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Saab was involved in sponsorships of two different golf events in Wales over the last week.

PowerPlay Golf is a new type of golf tournament, with the rules formulated to make the short form of the game more interesting and engaging for viewers and players alike.

For the golf fans out there, Colin Montgomery can explain it better than I can…..

The first PowerPlay Golf Tournament was held just over a week ago, at Celtic Manor, in Wales. With Saab sponsorship in place it seems fitting that the tournament, which features men and women playing in the same competition against one another, was won by a Swede:

Caroline Hedwall upstaged major champions and Ryder Cup stars by winning the inaugural PowerPlay Golf event at the Celtic Manor in Wales.

The 22-year Swede scored 32 Stableford points, 18 of which came on the final three holes, in a new shortened version of the game played over nine holes.

And in a rare double for Saab, Golf and Wales, last weekend saw another Swede winning a Saab-sponsored tournament, the Saab Wales Open.

Alexander Noren of Sweden beat Denmark’s Anders Hansen and Gregory Bourdy of France by two shots to win the Saab Wales Open at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Noren began the final round one clear of the field and he fired a solid closing 70 that included two birdies and just one bogey at the driveable par-4 15th. It was a second European Tour title for the Swede and he was delighted with his consistency through the week.

Congratulations from Saab to both Caroline and Alexander for their success this week!

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Robin M was actually at the Saab Wales Open over the weekend and snapped some wonderful photographs of the event. You can see them all at his Flickr account.

Great to see Saab so prominently featured in such a wonderful setting….

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6 Comments

  1. The carsales.com.au reviewer used a wide angle lens for the interior shots.  Very nice, and surprisingly unique – you would expect more magazines to do something like that.  

  2. That was a great review.  Initially, I thought the text sounded better than the numerical ratings but when I checked the “about our ratings” link and, for example, learned the 3.5/5.0 overall rating is between above average and excellent, I felt better.  Also, this is probably the first review I’ve read where they tested and reported on the 6- and 4-cyl variants at the same time.

    I was happy to see that the reviewers reached the same conclusion many of us have on several key driving characterisitcs of the 4-cyl turbo 9-5.  We thought the balanced ride quality left a lasting impression and didn’t miss the DriveSense option found in the Aero.   And, “while the 2.0-litre engine doesn’t have as much accelerative punch as the 2.8-litre V6 turbo in the Aero model, the Vector4 has a more appealing and involving power delivery, particularly as the revs rise.”   

  3. Those shots are up there with the best I’ve seen of the new car. Perhaps even better than SAABs own work.  Lovely use of light and setting, not to mention a great colour combo (white + parchment (?)) for the car.  The shot showing the side profile is fantastic. 

    The review is also wvery well done. Balanced & infromed with a reasonable understanding of where SAAB sits in relations to its competitors. . Great to see.

  4. Yes, the pics on the review are just awesome. Especially the white car in front of the wooden fence. One thing that would be nice on the Saab.com 360 spin as well: The white car isn’t at its best when it is in front of a white background…

  5. The link here on the new 9-3 looks great. Looking at that very small picture makes me realize that a hatchback is the way to go. There is something in this article that makes me think Saab might be on the verge of making a car which captures the spirit of the first generation 900 which would be fantastic. (Not that other Saabs since are not great cars just the first generation was a bit special)

  6. That Arctic White 9-5 is exactly the same spec I would have as it’s beautiful. Make mine a manual Hirsched up to 260bhp. Love that queue of 9-5s too.

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