Fantasy Friday – Saab Shopping in Sweden

ne of the really fun parts of my time living in Sweden was car shopping. I love car shopping under any circumstances, but the ultimate car shopping experience is being in your favoured marque’s country of origin and having access to a bunch of cars that are very rare in your home country. I ended up buying a car that wasn’t rare at home – a classic Saab 900 – but I spent hours checking out Blocket.se and fantasising about what I could get if price wasn’t a constraint and I felt confident that I’d be in-country for a long […]

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Saab 9-3 TTiD vs the Top 10 green cars in Sweden

I’ve talked a little bit over the last few months about what Saab engineers were able to do with the Saab 9-3 in terms of reducing emissions. Today, you can order a Saab 9-3 TTiD with a full 180hp (or 160, or 130) that emits only 119g of CO2 per kilometer. The powers-that-be didn’t think that was possible with the 9-3, and yet Saab achieved this figure, first with the Sport Sedan and then with the SportCombi, in just a matter of months after being freed to pursue this goal. It’s a prime example of the engineering expertise that exists […]

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Saab’s Magnus Hansson – Rising Star

He’s probably going to kill me for writing this up publicly šŸ™‚ I’m very, very pleased to pass on that Saab’s Director for the Nordic Region, Magnus Hansson, has received a Rising Star Award from Automotive News Europe. Automotive News Europe is delighted to announced its first winners of the Rising Stars — a new annual award that honors mid- and upper-level managers who are likely to become CEOs or executive board members in the future. ANE will honor the 2011 Rising Stars, and their mentors, at a gala dinner in Cologne, Germany, June 29. This is fantastic news. I […]

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Two Saabs and 2,000 kilometers in two days

As mentioned the other night, I was up in northern Sweden for a few hours over the weekend, a town called SkellefteĆ„, just over 1,000kms from Trollhattan. I was there with a couple of friends, Rune and Anna. We drove up there on Sunday and drove back on Monday. The reason? Well, it all started back in the Swedish winter with an icy road, a bend, and a telegraph pole….. This photo was taken in the dark with a cell phone, so it’s a little blurry, but here’s a look at some of the damage. This sort of damage isn’t […]

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Not quite the Midnight Sun…..

It’s overcast here in SkellefteĆ„ so I can’t show you the midnight sun, but here are the five-minutes-to-midnight clouds and ambient light, photographed just fifteen minutes ago as I sit here writing this from the Scandic Hotel here in town. Our ride for this day-long drive of some 1,058km was a 2010 Saab 9-3 SportCombi rental from Avis, which got fuel economy of some 10.5 litres per 100km running at occasional overtaking speeds šŸ™‚ on 85% ethanol. And the reason I’m here? I’ll get to that later in the week but it’s 15% northern exposure and 85% helping a friend […]

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