Archive for the ‘Saab’ Category

Can Saab rise like Lazarus again?

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A newly registered Swedish company has become an unlikely lead bidder to pick over the leftovers of Saab, now in the hands administrators. National Electric Vehicle Sweden is a consortium included the former boss of Volvo Trucks, has emerged as the leading bidder after Chinese company Youngman ended its interest in the Swedish marque. Aside [...]

Saab Cars Museum opens

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Saab. Remember them? Well now you can at the official Saab Cars Museum in Trollhättan. True to form the existence of the museum almost fell through, amid controversy which saw its contents put up for auction. The merry chaps from Saabs United were on hand for the opening and filmed a short video. It’s a [...]

Are we witnessing the start of SAABMW?

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A recent blog post at Saabs United has breathed new life into the hope that Saab can emerge from its latest financial despair. Today the bankruptcy administrators held another of their weekly press-conferences and talked mostly about the pressing salary situation for so many of the employees. They did confirm that they needed another week [...]

Saab: This is the end, beautiful friend

Yes, we’ve done this before, two years ago to the day… Saab has, once again, broken the limits of its owners. This time it’s not GM, like it was in 2009, but current stewards of the Saab brand Swedish Automobile who have said, “This is the end.” More correctly they have lodged an official notice [...]

Saab shareholder comes to rescue

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The Gemini Investment Fund, already a Saab shareholder, has agreed to loan an extra €25 million to ensure Saab can remain solvent in the short term. This follows an earlier €30m loan from Gemini last month. The money has already been used to pay workers their wages for the month of June. Saab’s production line [...]

Saab heading back to the future

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“Saab is a company that builds cars that cannot make money.” They are the words of Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt. Hardly a ringing endorsement for one of Sweden’s most iconic brands. The comment was made yesterday following a press release on Thursday from Saab announcing they were unable to meet their salary obligations. “Swedish [...]

Geneva 2011: Saab PhoeniX concept

Saab has released the spectacular PhoeniX concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Apart from being a pretty funky piece of kit, you’re looking at what Saab call ‘aeromotional’ design. The next 9-3 will be built on the same platform that underpins the PhoeniX. The slippery shape has a low 0.25cd drag coefficient and the side-mount [...]

Saab releases 9-5 SportWagon teaser

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Euro wagons are very cool. And Saab wagons have always been up there as some of the coolest. I mean, there’s no better way to lug around your latest flat-pack purchases. So, ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in March, Saab has teased us with this image. It’s the next step in Saab’s revival. They’re [...]

Saab gives 9-4X early preview

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Saab’s resurgence shows further signs of progression with these new images of their upcoming 9-4X SUV. It will have a full reveal at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November. For now, though, we’ve got these six pics to look at. Once you get past the initial protestations that the world doesn’t really need a [...]

SAABMW

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Recent media gossip suggesting Saab is set to announce a technology and parts sourcing arrangement with BMW has forced parent company Spyker to release the following statement: “Zeewolde, The Netherlands, 27 September 2010. Spyker Cars N.V. (“the Group”), a holding company that owns subsidiaries which produce and sell premium automobiles under the Saab and Spyker [...]

Fifth Gear on the new Saab 9-5

It’s been almost six months since the Saab 9-5 began production under its new owners Spyker. The car is now on sale and reviewers are stating to file their reports. Can the new 9-5 usher in a new era of stability for Saab? Can the 9-5 shed its humble GM origins? More importantly, and more [...]

Saab, Volkswagen next to join WRC?

A recent report from autosport suggests both Saab and Volkswagen are considering a future in WRC. Saab have a proud rallying history but haven’t competed at the highest level in over 30 years. It’s understood they could return in 2012 with a WRC car based on their 9-1 or 9-2 platform. They could even source [...]

Saab production enters new era

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Architects across the world can rejoice, and sales of black skivvies are also assured as Saab’s new era has begun. A a new 9-5 model was the first to roll off the Trollhättan production facility after the company’s future was secured. CEO of Spyker Cars, Victor Muller, said, “Everyone at Saab has worked extremely hard [...]

Saab speculation inspires 9-1 rendering

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With the immediate future of Saab now secure, plans for a new compact-sized model are emerging. Expected to be badged as the 9-1, the new mini-Saab is creating enough hype for the Photoshop gurus to start speculating what the car could look like. The new Saab will still continue to draw mechanical inspiration from the [...]

“Saab’s future is now secure”

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Last night Spyker Cars completed its purchase of Saab. Spyker intends to allows Saab Automobiles to operate as a stand-alone sister company alongside the Dutch brand under the parent company of Amsterdam Euronext. Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV is excited about what lies ahead for the Swedish brand, “We are delighted—Saab’s future is [...]