Two Saab assets – Product and People

Whilst the newspapers and web columnists have been talking us down, you’ve been hearing plenty from me about the reasons I believe Saab will survive it’s current difficult times – brand, factory, product and people. Perhaps it’s time to hear from someone else. The following was written in comments to this website by Derek M, who attended the Saab Owners Convention in New Jersey last weekend. I’ll present it here without any further introduction or context as I think it speaks for itself. We have some of the best fans ever. —— Just a quick (although not brief) note of […]

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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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Saab 9-5 SportCombi wows the crowd

Saab are in the midst of a challenging time. We have our fair share of critics in the world of business commentary, people who are paid to have opinions and duly express them. Amidst all the doom and gloom, one of the main things that has kept me feeling very positive – as it did when Saab were being sold in 2009 – is the product portfolio. We’ve just got too much good product coming down the pipe for this company to do anything other than sustain and succeed. Aside from the dedication I see around the place every day, […]

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Inside Saab – electrical integration

File this under “Things that blow your mind about how incredibly complex it is to design and build a motor vehicle”. Long title, I know. But this is one of the more mind-blowing insights I’ve had into the vehicle development process since being here at Saab. I’ve told people for some time now that there are no ‘fingersnap’ solutions when it comes to building/changing automobiles. It’s an incredibly complex process and whilst the evolution of electronics has given us many advances in vehicle functionality, behaviour and performance, the development work required to produce these advances is astounding. Add in the […]

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Video: Saab 9-5 SportCombi crash test

There’s nothing at Saab that’s treated more seriously than the safety of our customers. It’s one of our core values and part of the Swedish philosophy that’s incorporated into every car that we design and build. Our next vehicle release is the much awaited Saab 9-5 SportCombi and earlier this week (not even two days ago as I write this), Saab did a frontal offset crash test on the 9-5 SportCombi. The test was done at 65km/h and was performed to EuroNCAP standards, with four ‘occupants’ in the car. I was fortunate enough to get along to the crash lab […]

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Saab 9-5 Combis of different colors

Hey all. I’ve spent the morning having my mind blown to pieces looking at some electrical integration setups that are used for testing cars, and testing changes to cars (from the electronics point of view). More on that later. Whilst exiting the building, I was confronted by a number of Saab 9-5 SportCombis in different colors, a few of which I hadn’t personally seen before. I thought you might like to see them as well. This is Carbon Grey….. Many of you would have seen Laser Red already. This one’s a Linear model….. And here’s Java Brown Metallic, in Aero […]

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Saab 9-5 SportCombi durability testing

I’m spending quite a lot of time at the moment just visiting various departments within Saab, getting to know what they do. I spent a little time today at the climate controlled wind tunnel facility, where they can do various types of wind tunnel testing (though not aerodynamic testing, as it’s too small for that). The wind tunnel can be manipulated to simulate all types of weather conditions, but we’ll tell you more about that later. They also have a couple of climate chambers there, where they can simulate different temperatures but without the wind effects. While we were visiting, […]

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Notes from New York – Part 3 – The Auto Show begins

Today was press day #1 at the NYIAS and even though Saab’s press conference isn’t scheduled until tomorrow, there was a flurry of activity at the Saab stand with a steady stream of visitors all day (and whilst I don’t want to sound smug, I think there are a few manufacturers who wish that was the case at their stand). Following are some images and commentary on some of today’s events and some of the vehicles on show at the Saab stand. —— Being a senior executive at an Auto Show is all about two things – interviews and business. […]

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