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    by Published on 24 January 2011 15:55  Number of Views: 4908 

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    * Shaping highly efficient and capable engineering organization
    * New organization gears up for developing competitive future vehicle program

    Mats Fägerhag (right) and Eric Geers, picture courtesy ttela.se

    Trollhättan, Sweden: As it continues to establish itself as a successful independent premium car manufacturer, Saab Automobile today announced a new organizational structure for its engineering department. The new structure will optimize Saab Automobile’s ability to build competitive premium cars for the 21st century and allow the company to realize its ambition of creating one of the most efficient engineering organizations in the automotive industry.

    Since becoming an independent company on February 23, 2010, Saab Automobile has worked intensively to revitalize its engineering department which until then was integrated in the General Motors structure. The new engineering organization is now well-equipped to support Saab Automobile’s extensive development program and current product offensive, with vehicle electrification and the successor to the current Saab 9-3 being two major focal points.
    by Published on 22 January 2011 17:10  Number of Views: 11291 

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    My friend Robert , Saab lover, has posted an incredible album of photos on Flickr he took at the Uusikaupunki Automuseo last week. It's located just outside the Valmet factory (old Saab factory). I was told that the museum was founded by a local car collector, and it contains his collections and a lot of Valmet produced cars and Valmet prototype cars.

    In total it's three big rooms with cars, two of them with mostly Saabs. The third contains other brands. It's a lot of old Saabs, maybe even more than the Saab museum in Trollhättan. The museum has 14400 visitors every year, and could be open all year because of financial support from Valmet Automotive and the city. The factory started in 1968 with the Saab 99, and I think they made the Saab 96 as well.
    by Published on 22 January 2011 16:30  Number of Views: 5302 

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    Rally legend Erik Carlsson is to support the centenary celebrations of the Monte Carlo Rally by backing a team who will compete in this week’s XIVth Monte Carlo Historique rally in an exact replica of the car that took him to victory back in 1963.

    The classic Saab 96 has been created by German vintage car magazine Oldtimer Markt and will be driven by chief editor Peter Steinfurth and navigator Thorsten Loeber .They will take the start at Reims this Friday (28 January) in a car that recreates the original in every detail, right down to the 283 entry number Erik used that year. He will be on hand to wave them off.

    The exploits of Erik, aka ‘On the Roof’, Carlsson helped put Saab on the automotive map in the 1960s. He is a double winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1962 and 1963 and also took a hat-trick of RAC Rally victories in 1960-62. Now 82 years old, Erik was born in Trollhättan, Sweden, the home town of Saab, and was a works driver for the company throughout his career. Today, he is still employed as a roving ambassador for Saab.
    Published on 21 January 2011 16:40  Number of Views: 5298 

    Saab is recalling 4,400 passenger cars to fix fuel pumps that could seize and cause the engine to stall. Saab said the recall affects certain 2010 and 2011 model year 9-3 sedans built from June through October of 2010. The company says some of the fuel pumps may have had components with incorrect specifications.

    The company says the defective fuel pumps could seize, stopping the flow of fuel to the engine and causing the car to stall. Saab says there have been no accidents or injuries reported.

    Dealers will replace the defective fuel pumps free of charge. Owners will be notified and the recall is expected to begin around February 18. Owners can contact Saab at (800) 955-9007.

    Source: Associated Press
    Published on 17 January 2011 14:30  Number of Views: 6220 

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    The Swedish magazine and website Teknikens Värld (Technology World) published an article about Saab's Managing Director Jan Åke Jonsson. Victor Muller has been in the spotlight for most of last year so it is nice to see an interview with Mr. Jonsson.
    Published on 15 January 2011 18:22  Number of Views: 3302 

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    Saab Netherlands is running an internet campaign with some very attractive offers.

    Buy a Saab 9-3 now and have a chance at winning a Saab Arctic Adventure for 2 people. A wonderful experience in the most Northern part of Sweden, 20 degrees below zero, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. The natural environment of Saab, the place to really enjoy our cars.
    Published on 14 January 2011 19:30  Number of Views: 3829 

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    Boston-Power, Inc.’s game-changing lithium-ion battery technology is a highlight of the all-electric 9-3 ePower Saab is showcasing today at the European Motor Show Brussels. Saab is hosting a luncheon and press conference at the event spotlighting the ePower as part of its line-up of new cars that also includes its new 9-4X crossover.

    The prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles, the 9-3 ePower features a 35.5 kWh Boston-Power Swing lithium-ion battery pack that sets an electric vehicle (EV) benchmark for energy density – delivering a projected driving range of approximately 200 km/124 miles and contributing to a much lower total battery weight. The battery pack is intended to support re-charge cycles equivalent to 10 years of average use.
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    The Saab 9-4X was officially introduced in Europe at the Brussels Motor Show this morning. The website Autofans.be published some nice pictures from the show floor on their website. There is a short report in Dutch and a few more pictures on their site.

    The 9-4X is going to be available in Europe in August this year. North American customers should be able to take delivery of the 9-4X in May. Groenlicht.be has some more pictures, including a report in Dutch as well: link
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    PSFK, a New York City based trends research and innovation company, posted some pictures of the Saab Snö Hus on their website.

    The stand was unconventional for an auto show and a Saab representative mentioned to us that they are planning another unique event for the New York Auto Show this April.
    Saab is listed as an exhibitor at the New York Auto Show so it will be interesting to see what kind of unique event it is going to be.

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