The Trollhattan Saab 2007 review – the top 9 stories.

Ummmm….I was going to do a year in review entry where I sort through the five biggest stories of each month in 2007. That’d be sixty stories linked here. Not gonna happen. I have a bathroom to paint today, plus, there was over 1,000 entries written on this blog this year. Actually, we’re up to 3,667 entries and over nearly 26,000 comments now. Phew! So here’s what I see as the Top 9 Saab stories of 2007. These are in no particular order. —— 1 – Diesel comes to Australia This makes the list becuase it’s a case study in […]

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2008 Saab price rises in the US

It slipped a little bit under the radar, but GM recently announced price rises on most of its 2008 models. At the time of the press release, there were no details available as to how much this would effect Saab prices for 2008 models. I’ve now received word from Saab USA as to the rise applicable to some 2008 Saab models. The changes are as below, but I haven’t heard about all models yet. —— Saab 9-3 2.0T The original MSRP for this model was $28,385 (including a $745 destination charge). This price will now rise by $440 to $28,825 […]

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Thursday Snippets

As you may know, Saab USA are offering free Aero Academy driving courses to the first 100 Turbo-X customers in the US. I’m reliably told that as of December 22, there were 73 slots left out of 100. So is that reflecting slower sales of the car, or a slow uptake of the Aero Academy course, which I’m told is well-worth the price of an airfare to Atlanta? —— Korean design has featured here before. This isn’t about a GM-run design show, but it features some Saab stuff nonetheless. This is from a design school in Korea and some of […]

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Merry Christmas Snippets

Some of you may have come across Brendan B in comments, and some of you would have met him in Sweden as he was part of the Aussie contingent at the Saab Festival back in June. He’s down here in Tassie with his family this week and we caught up yesterday, visiting with Drew B and Saabill. Bill even let me take my old 99 Turbo for a spin! Unfortunately, I neglected to take my camera with me. Which was a real shame as the day involved my 900 Turbo, a 1973 Saab 95, a 1977 Saab 96, a 1971 […]

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Friday Night Snippets

Gripen will be so pleased – I’m about to watch An Inconvenient Truth. Expect a plethora of Saab Hybrid posting tomorrow. —— Speaking of Saab hybrids, apparently they already have them in field trials. Cleantech Blog is saying they’re already underway, though there’s no backup evidence there. Perhaps they are referring to the project Saab are currently seeking funding for in conjunction with Volvo. —— December 31st is the last day where you can claim your million-mile Saab replacement. But it’s not the only deadline looming for some Saab owners. February 2008 will see the wind-up of the old analog […]

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Saab 9-3 Aero with XWD – in April 2008 – in Belgium

Great spotting by Ian here. It would seem that Saab of Belgium (land of Mrs Swade’s birth!) might have broken some ice on XWD availability in models other than the Saab Turbo X. I’ve grabbed a screenshot of the page, where you can clearly see it’s an Aero model with XWD and 280hp, available around April of 2008 for a price of 42,450 Euro. No mention of Turbo X in the description and it’s listed as a variant in the Aero ‘form’. What this will mean for other markets is as-yet unknown, but it’s nice to see someone letting some […]

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Will Saab get integrated Bluetooth in the US in 2009?

It’s been an ongoing issue here at Trollhattan Saab – trying to sort out the mess that GM’s passion for OnStar and the lack of Bluetooth availability. If I had my wits about me last night I would have included it in the Top 9 things that I hope Christmas will help me forget. Saab isn’t able to offer Bluetooth in the US. The official reason is because it’s not compatible with OnStar. This is spin. The real reason is because GM have some agreement with a phone company to supply phone minutes via OnStar. Therefore, if you want to […]

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Saab 9-4x and Saab 9-1 news

There’s been many reports going around that the Saab 9-1 would be shown in London in July 2008. I asked around about this earlier this month and got word from a most trusted insider that that would not be the case. Shortly after that, mention was made from what’s taken to be a reliable source at iSaab.net that the 9-1 concept vehicle would actually be shown in Geneva next year. This morning, the local Trollhattan newspaper, TTELA, is saying that the 9-1 concept vehicle will be shown either in Geneva or perhaps later in the year, in Paris. —— They’re […]

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“Spring Edition” convertible in NL

Lynx Yellow will be the signature colour for a Spring Edition of the Saab 9-3 Convertible in the Netherlands. Autoweek.nl have an article about it (in Dutch), and a number of photos of the car in motion, which is something new. The photos are very interesting and it’s worth clicking through even of you can’t read the article. The colour seems to range from a banana-like shade (pictured below) to almost a gold colour. I don’t know if that’s the tone of the paint, or someone going bonkers in photoshop prior to the pics being distributed. Either way, it’s another […]

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More on Trollhattan engineering GM gearboxes

I mentioned this a little while ago, but Hakan has been kind enough to send through a full translation of the original article that appeared in the Swedish magazine, Tekniken’s Varld. As mentioned previously, engineers in Trollhattan are leading GM’s research in several different areas. The development and implementation of E85 technology for turbocharged vehicles, for one. The development and implementation of the XWD system for front wheel drive vehicles being another. Saab were/are also GM’s center of excellence (or some such title) for turbocharging as well. Add gearboxes to the list: —— GM hires 100 new engineers in Trollhättan. […]

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