Brian Nesbitt roll(ed) in a 9-3 Aero

The Boston Globe has an interview with Brian Nesbitt, Vice President of GM Design North America. Toward the end, Nesbitt is asked by Globe reporter, Royal Ford, what he’s driving: I had a Saab 9-3 Aero for the summer. I test drive a lot of the stuff we’re dealing, and right now we’re kind of in the 2012 time frame, so now I’m driving next-generation Enclave, next-gen Acadia, next-gen Escalade. Well, at least he had one for a while. It’s important to get these movers and shakers from GM into these vehicles so that they can see where the strong […]

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Texas Saab news

Two bits of news coming from Texas in the last week or so…. —— Steve Shannon from SaabUSA has mentioned recently that he’s pretty happy with the Saab dealer network in the US. There’s a good number of specialist Saab-only dealers with good facilities, for example. He acknowledges that some dealers need to improve, but most are within the required curve. Sounds rosy. Problem is, a number have shut up shop at the end of this year. I heard about a few in the northeast that have either closed or changed ownership in the last few weeks. Now comes news […]

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Poll: How often do you change the oil in your Saab?

This one’s an issue that attracts some differences of opinion. The options should be pretty straightforward. I’ve generalised the intervals based on 5,000 kilometer increments and converted these to 3,000 mile equivalents for you imperial types. {democracy:16} —— Our resident GM tech expert, Tedjs, has chimed in with some advice in comments, which I’ve reproduced below. This concerns not just intervals, but also the type of oil you should use: Well, I would have to say you can never change your oil too often – but given the cost of fully synthetic oil, and the waste generated when oil is […]

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Mo Saab!

Just a quick congratulatory email to Mo, in Houston, who’s recently picked up this 2007 Saab 9-3 in its 2.0T form. Mo’s a young guy at 18 and has recently replaced his Cadillac CTS withe 2007 Saab, which he picked up with the current offers available from SaabUSA. Yesterday i picked up my new 07 SAAB 9-3SS 2.0T as I sold my CTS and my dad gave me the go to buy the SAAB. Options are are Titan Grey Metallic, Auto, Moonroof, and Tint. My Dad really loves the car, and its very useful features and I obviously love the […]

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Can I be an automotive journalist, too?

Chris B was kind enough to pass this clipping from the Toronto Star, in which our writer wants to pass on his recommendations for good used car buying. This is obviously written from a minimal-cost-ho-hum point of view, rather an even a mild enthusiast’s point of view, as the list of recommended cars includes the Chevy Aveo, Suzuki Aerio and Kia Sorrento. It also includes the Cadillac CTS if you want something an enthusiast might drive, though personally I’d rather have the Aveo (sue me, I’m feeling argumentative). The OG Saab 9-3 was mentioned as one of the bad vehicles. […]

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Saab Day Trip

Today a few of the local Saab nuts got together for a drive. There was only three cars – Drew B, Saabill and I – but it was a brilliant afternoon. We were joined by Brendan B, NSW chairman of the Saab Car Club of Australia and part-time Swedish tourist. If you ever come and visit Tassie, here’s your route for an absolute cracker of an afternoon drive. Click to enlarge. There’s views aplenty as you saunter along through the foothills of Mt Wellington and along the river. None of the views in these photos, though, except those that were […]

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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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The fundamental Saab question in 2007 – Saab 9-3 vs Saab 9-5

This came in via email just this morning from Paul R and he’s OK with me posting it here for your consideration: Love the site, even though I know less-than-nothing about Saabs. What are the primary differences between the 9-3 and 9-5? My wife’s interested in one, so I’m thinking about getting her one for Christmas. However, I can’t figure out this ostensibly simple question. My initial response was “Welcome to the question that has hamstrung Saab for the last 5 years.” We have a whole bunch of recent model 9-3 and 9-5 owners here on the site, so I’ll […]

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Design sketch – Saab 9-1

Note: This is NOT a Saab design sketch. It’s unoffical. Got it? Good. This is the work of a young Swedish design student, Niklas Palm. I’ve featured a few items of Niklas’ work before and have always enjoyed it. His prior posts here are available at the following links: Niklas Palm’s previous Saab 9-1 sketches Niklas Palm’s Saab 9-4x sketch Niklas Palm’s Urmus So here’s Niklas’ latest take on a Saab 9-1. There’s an enlarged version here: Niklas Palm Saab 9-1. Niklas tells me this is just a teaser pic and he’ll have more images, and maybe some commentary on […]

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