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    by Published on 10 January 2011 18:42     Number of Views: 3386 

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    The North American International Auto Show (formerly the Detroit Auto Show until 1989) is opening today with Saab participating near the show. In recent years, several automakers have skipped the show, presumably as a cost cutting measure, including Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki, and Saab. Porsche returns this year after four years. Nissan returns next year after a three year absence.

    Saab is meeting with show officials today to discuss return to the show. However, Saab is returning to Detroit even this year, albeit not in the exhibition hall. Saab has set up an outdoor exhibition on the patio of the former Hotel Pontchartrain, across the street from the convention center.
    by Published on 08 January 2011 03:30  Number of Views: 3298 

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    Royal Oak, Michigan, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Saab Automobile AB announced the appointment of Matthias Seidl as interim Chief Operating Officer for Saab Cars North America, effective immediately. Seidl replaces Michael Colleran, who has resigned to pursue further career opportunities. Seidl temporarily takes on responsibility for Saab Cars North America in addition to his current position as Executive Director Global Sales for Saab Automobile. Saab Automobile expects to announce a new Chief Operating Officer for Saab Cars North America soon.

    Seidl has considerable experience in the United States market, having spent several years as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of America in the late 2000s. Prior to that, Seidl was Executive Director Sales American Region for Volkswagen and Audi. ...
    by Published on 07 January 2011 14:30  Number of Views: 1994 

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    Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab’s first crossover vehicle, the 9-4X, is to make its European premiere at this month’s Brussels Motor Show. It will take center stage on the Saab stand alongside the all new Saab 9-5 sedan, the latest 9-3 range with turbo diesels delivering class leading efficiency in terms of low CO2 per unit of horsepower, and Saab’s first EV, the 9-3 ePower.

    Due to go on sale in Europe from August, the 9-4X continues the biggest new product offensive in Saab’s history and will give the newly independent company access for the first time to the growing, mid-size crossover segment. It offers progressive design, comfort and versatility alongside car-like driving qualities and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for buyers in the segment. ...
    by Published on 06 January 2011 15:40  Number of Views: 5090 

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    Erik Liljas loves to play with snow. And last year he wanted to deliver a message of hope by carving in snow a Saab 92. An internet buzz has been emerging around this sculpture and this year Erik wanted to replay the same idea with a Saab 900 thanks to the help of his children. Because he loves to see people passing by, watching his chef d'oeuvre from the street. But also because in Erik's family we all do love Saab since years.

    Erik knows how to do it and his tools are a picture , a lot of snow and water. It has taken 50 hours to do it clean. And the result survived last year from Christmas until the end of March. Erik hopes it will be the same this year and swear to do it again next year with another model of Saab. Well done Erik! ...
    by Published on 06 January 2011 15:10  Number of Views: 3171 

    Zeewolde, the Netherlands, 5 January 2011 – Spyker Cars N.V. (“Spyker”), manufacturer of premium automobiles under the Saab and Spyker brands, announces the appointment of Mr. Rob Schuijt as Senior Vice President Corporate Development of Spyker.

    The management team of Spyker is strengthened by the appointment of Mr. Rob Schuijt as Senior Vice President Corporate Development. Mr. Schuijt will be responsible for Group Strategy, Business Development and alliances and will work closely with the management team at Saab to implement the Saab business plan and improve performance. Previously a partner at consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Booz & Company) and an independent advisor (including to Spyker on its recent acquisition of Saab, where he was a key member of the transaction team), Mr. Schuijt has extensive experience in performance improvement and strategy development for businesses that operate globally. ...
    by Published on 06 January 2011 14:22  Number of Views: 3054 

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    Before 1983, associating a Scandinavian car company with soft-top motoring was a little bit like having a smooth-running railway network in the UK - a rather unusual state of affairs. But at the Frankfurt motor show in September of that year Saab revealed a prototype soft-top 900 so secret that it had been disguised while under wraps on the stand as an estate by the cheeky insertion of a plastic block on the bootlid.

    When the wraps came off, the reaction from the waiting press - and showgoing public - was so positive Saab couldn't help but put it into production. That finally happened in 1986, and ever since then the four-seat Scandinavian has proved an enduringly popular alternative to more mainstream convertibles - and particularly for those who want something that isn't made by Mercedes, BMW or Audi. ...
    by Published on 06 January 2011 03:00  Number of Views: 3663 

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    Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 5 January 2011 - Spyker Cars N.V., a holding company that owns subsidiaries which produce and sell premium automobiles under the Saab and Spyker brands, today announced 2010 sales and production figures for its subsidiary Saab Automobile AB. Spyker Cars N.V. is listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam (ticker symbol SPYKR).

    Saab Automobile continued to see growing sales momentum as it released its 2010 sales and production figures today. In the fourth quarter of 2010, wholesale (revenue generating volume) amounted to 11,448 cars, up 129 percent compared to the same period in 2009. Full-year wholesale increased 15% year-on-year to 31,696 cars, on the back of encouraging results in several key markets. ...
    by Published on 06 January 2011 02:10  Number of Views: 3884 

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    Asiaone Motoring is reporting on the launch of the Saab 9-5 in Singapore. The 2.0T version starts at SGD 226,888 which converts to about USD 175,000 or EUR 134,000.

    First looks: Saab 9-5 launched
    By Tony Ng

    The covers have been peeled back to unveil the first new car Singaporeans will get this year - the Saab 9-5. At over five metres long, the executive saloon is the biggest in its segment and it is as if the size is a representation of the burgeoning hope the Swedish car maker (and local distributor Trans Eurokars) has placed on the car. ...
    by Published on 04 January 2011 23:00  Number of Views: 1236 

    Spyker Cars NV, the owner of Saab Automobile, plans to tell shareholders in May whether it intends to list the company on the Swedish stock exchange, Chief Executive Officer Victor Muller said. “I think the annual shareholders meeting is an ideal forum to look at what we’re thinking in terms of the dual listing,” Muller said in a telephone interview today. Muller last September told reporters that Spyker may add a listing in Stockholm to its Amsterdam Euronext trading by April 2011. The annual general meeting, where the issue now will be discussed, will be held May 19, he said.

    The Dutch super-car maker bought Saab from General Motors Co. for $400 million in cash and preferred shares last February, as Saab was on the brink of shutting down. The Trollhättan-based manufacturer aims to sell 120,000 cars and become profitable by 2012. Muller, who is Saab’s chairman, reiterated that if Spyker enters the Stockholm exchange, it would also keep its Amsterdam listing for at least a period of time. ...

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