What the Swedish police really thought of the Saab 9-5

There were several articles online a few weeks ago about the Swedish police placing an order for 50 Volkswagens to be used as police cars. Several of them emphasised the fact that the police had not bought Saabs and used this as a judgement against Saab, as if the police didn’t find a current Saab suitable. That’s some considerable distance from being accurate. The sad fact is that we weren’t able to fill an order for the Swedish police due to our production halt. We could not assure them of delivery by their required date and sadly, they had to […]

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On Saab 9-4x road tests

We’ve had a pretty good run with Saab 9-4x road tests. The 9-4x is an outstanding entry into the crossover segment for Saab and early 9-4x road tests confirmed what we thought about our new vehicle. There have been a couple of reports in the last week, however, that are a cause for concern. The one that I’d like to respond to here is a short test from Car and Driver, which popped up on my feeds earlier today. So how does a motoring journalist raise the hairs on the back of my neck and inspire a response article with […]

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Saabosphere – links we like this week (big weekend edition)

Forgive the lack of postings here over the weekend but it was a BIG three days on the road, travelling 1,140kms in a Saab 9-4x between Friday and Sunday afternoon. I’ll be writing about it all in the coming days, but we took in the Midnight Sun Rally in Västerås on Saturday and then some time in Stockholm on Sunday. I tried to call in on a few friends to give them a test drive but they seemed to be on vacation and wouldn’t answer the door: Note to editors: That is what’s referred to as subtle humour. Please ensure […]

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Saabosphere – links we liked this week

There’s an event on Facebook called Save Saab. We didn’t create it, but I’m sure all Saab employees and fans appreciate the fact that it’s there. The event is tomorrow and the location – the whole world. It’s a non-geographic event. A show of support. Go to the event page and click “I’m attending” to show your support. We really do appreciate all of you. —— Whilst our executive team are working their tails off to ensure the liquidity we need to proceed, there are plenty of pundits lining up to write our obituary. We’re a big, fat, easy target. […]

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Saabosphere – Saab links we liked this week

Inside Saab now has a video page where you can watch all the groovy videos we produce. We also have a playlist on Youtube. —— Saab participated in a fuel economy challenge in Spain just over a week ago and ended up winning a comparative test during the event. The ALD Ecomotion Tour was hosted by ALD Automotive Company, a group dedicated to leasing and fleet management. The test involved nine different manufacturers. Vehicles were assessed according to their manufacturers fuel economy ratings and were driven to see how far below the stated fuel economy the driver could achieve. It’s […]

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An update from the Saab 9-4x test drive in Washington DC

Saab are hosting automotive journalists from around the world this week, for a test drive of the all new Saab 9-4x. I brought you a few images from the first day of the event, yesterday. Today, we’ll take a look at how things are going, as well as giving you a peek behind the curtain as to what actually goes on at these events. Do automotive journalists really have the best jobs in the world? First, the update. I’ve been in touch with Mikael Jacobsson, who is the Product Manager for the Saab 9-4x. He summed up the event in […]

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Saab 9-4x testing in Washington DC

The Saab 9-4x did its first round of press testing for long-lead press back in March. That event was pretty quiet at the time and the resulting road tests only just came out last week. Today was Day 1 of a week long press event for short-lead journalists and I guess you could say it’s a ‘bigger’ event for the purposes our reportage here on Inside Saab. Firstly, we’ll start to see results coming through very quickly. Keep your eyes out for Saab 9-4x road reports in the next day or so. Second, there are more journalists involved in the […]

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Saab 9-4x test drives now appearing online

It’s very exciting for us here at Saab to see test drive reports of the Saab 9-4x now appearing online. Long-lead publications had an opportunity to drive the Saab 9-4x at an event in the United States back in March. Reports from that event are now appearing online. Automobile Magazine (US) On the drive’s scenic parkways, feverishly expanding freeways, and gentle byways, the 9-4X Aero’s chassis was pleasantly tied down. At the same time, it capably sopped up the few bumps we could find to throw at it, with decent ride comfort despite rolling on high-style, twenty-inch wheels. Autocar (UK) […]

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