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New Saab 9-5 Ready to Roll
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 00:00
  • More than 500,000 km of chassis testing on European roads
  • Handling, ride, refinement assessed across 250 measurement criteria
  • Unique challenge of forest test track near Arctic Circle
  • Customer order book already open in many markets

From the frozen wastes of northern Sweden to the baking plains of southern Spain, Saab's chief test driver Peter Johansson and his small team of chassis experts have driven on some of the most challenging roads in Europe to fine-tune the dynamics of the next generation Saab 9-5.

Peter and his team clocked up more than 500,000 kilometers, the equivalent of driving 12 times round the world, in their quest to find the best set-up. That meant optimizing two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, passive and adaptive chassis functions and two steering systems with different brakes, wheel sizes and tires, as well as five powertrain options.

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Saab Executives to Attend SOC2010!
Monday, 12 April 2010 21:52

Victor Muller and Jan Ake JonssonThe Saab Club of North America is extremely excited to announce that Saab-Spyker Automobile CEO Victor Muller, Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America will all be attending the Saab Owners' Convention this July in Aurora, OH and will speak to Club members during the Saturday night festivities.

We have also confirmed that cars from Saab's Heritage Collection as well as new Saabs will be in attendance!

So make plans to come to Aurora for SOC2010 and we'll see you there!

 
Saab News in Spyker 2009 Full Year Results
Friday, 26 March 2010 14:34

There is some interesting Saab news in today's Spyker Cars 2009 Full Year revenue report.

Here are three important paragraphs from Victor Muller (CEO of Spyker, and Chairman of the Board of Saab) regarding Saab, its relationship with Spyker, and the road ahead to profitability:

We are very proud of having saved an iconic brand with very similar origins in the aviation industry. Although Spyker will be less than 0.5% of total sales of the combination and its results will be fairly marginal on the totality, we will definitely not take our eye of the ball and push ahead with Spyker's development unabatedly, but now within the framework of the infinite possibilities created by the infrastructure and resources made available to it through its sister company Saab. State of the art engineering facilities, access to Saab's "parts bin," at prices Spyker would never have been able to achieve as an ultra low volume manufacturer on its own, are now at its disposal. Of no less than 1,100 Saab dealers worldwide, a certain number will start to carry the Spyker brand, thereby massively increasing the Spyker distribution network.

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Newly-Independent Saab Resumes Car Production
Thursday, 25 March 2010 23:59
  • Production resumes at Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan plant
  • First cars manufactured by Saab as an independent company
  • All-new Saab 9-5 sedan was first car down the line
  • Saab CEO, Spyker CEO, and Trollhättan Plant Director in attendance
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Trollhättan, Sweden - The production lines at Saab Automobile's state-of-the-art Trollhättan plant began rolling again today, heralding a new era for the Swedish premium car maker as an independent company. To mark the occasion, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller and Trollhättan Plant Director Gunnar Brunius took up positions on the line alongside assembly workers as the first batch of cars was built.

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Production at the Trollhättan plant was originally halted for seven weeks. Now, following the purchase of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV, the first cars to be built by Saab as an independent company will soon be delivered to customers.

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Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters
Thursday, 25 March 2010 23:37
  • Saab Cars North America to reside in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Company to invest $2.4 million to enhance North American Sales and Marketing Operations
  • Over 2000 jobs to be retained or created over the next few years

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that its headquarters will reside in Royal Oak, Michigan, creating or retaining approximately 2000 jobs in North America. The company will invest $2.4 million to enhance its U.S. Sales and Marketing operations. Saab Automobile AB was recently purchased by the Dutch automobile company, Spyker Cars NV.

"Saab Cars North America appreciates the assistance and cooperation of the City of Royal Oak and the Governor's office in helping make the company’s decision a reality during tough economic times," said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America. "As a direct result in acquiring local and state assistance, we look forward to renewing our U.S. presence as an independent, premium luxury automotive brand with Swedish heritage while maintaining our loyal following and potentially attracting new customers."

 

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