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2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombiUpdate: The new 9-5 SportCombi is at the SOC! Come down and take a look! Day Passes are available at the Hagarty Insurance Registration Table!

The 29th annual Saab Owners Convention is now under way until Sunday at the Hilton Parsippany located at One Hilton Court, Parsippany, NJ in the heart of Morris County. The site is centrally located, including nearby access to the Meadowlands Sports Complex and FunPlex Family Fun Center, while complimentary shuttle service to the train station makes reaching the famous Broadway theatres, shopping, sporting venues and other New York City attractions easy.

Saab members from all over the United States and beyond are converging to talk Saabs and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Saab convertible. Conceived by former Saab president Bob Sinclair (known as "Uncle Bob" by his many friends), the convertible centric celebration will feature the unveiling of the Bob Sinclair Memorial Trophy. This annual recognition will showcase the SOC 2011 Saab owner who exemplifies the spirit of Bob Sinclair.

Details are available on the Saab Owners Convention website. Although registration is now closed, day passes are available. Just check out the Day Pass section on the menu over at the SOC site. We hope you can join us!

 
Saab Planning To Resurrect Sonett
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 23:59

Auto Express has some exclusive news about Saab developing a competitor to the Audi TT. The picture to the left is what they imagine the car could look like. A higher-resolution version along with other imaginings can be found at the link. According to the Auto Express, the new car will officially carry the name Sonett, and it will not be a retro design, but will be a completely new model designed by Jason Castriota, newly appointed head of design at Saab. There are also a couple of juicy quotes from Jason over at the site, so head on over to Auto Express and check out the latest Saab news!

 
All New Saab 9-5 Arrives in US Showrooms!
Sunday, 22 August 2010 14:38

Saab 9-5 LaunchWith the new Saab 9-5 finally making its way into US showrooms, we thought this would be a good time to point out some of the positive press that has accompanied the launch of Saab's latest flagship. First off is this review from Autoblog, which promotes the new 9-5 as "paint[ing] a promising future for Saab," and claims the car has a driving feel that exhibits "none of that artificial forced heaviness that has creeped in to some Germanic rivals." Automobile Magazine highlights Saab's traditional driver-centric qualities in its online review, saying the 9-5 Aero's seats "get more comfortable the longer you're in them," and "Saab has done a better-than-usual job of grouping the various buttons by function, which makes things easy to find." Meanwhile, Car & Driver drove both the Aero and 2.0T models, and notes that the 2.0T "is actually more likable than the Aero, if only because it manages to make more from less,..." and summarizes that the car "is a very competent luxury sedan that looks good, drives decently, and offers a lot of room for its occupants. The clean interior design is certainly different from the class norm, and the car is priced below its German rivals." We should note that the MSRP for the Aero has been officially set at $47,565 for the US launch. Autoweek praises the new 9-5 Aero's V6, saying it was "smoother than any Saab engine in memory, and it's strong enough to move a substantial car with some urgency," then also notes that "the 9-5 also rides more comfortably than any previous Saab."

To check out the all new Saab 9-5 in person, find your local Saab dealership and give them a call! And don't forget to download your Saab Club Member Purchase Program certificate for $500 toward the purchase of any new Saab! If you're not currently a member of the Saab Club of North America, follow the link on the right-hand side of this page to join (just below the SOC2010 button).

 
SOC2010 Keynotes on YouTube
Saturday, 21 August 2010 14:44

SOC2010 Keynote AddressesIf you weren't able to make it this year to the Saab Owners' Convention in Aurora, OH, at least you can now see the keynote addresses of Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson and Saab Chairman Victor Muller on YouTube. Click here to go to the SOC2010 channel. Thanks to Saab Cars North America for taping this event and making it available to everyone!

 
Swedish Car Day - August 28, 2010
Sunday, 08 August 2010 14:45

The 11th annual Swedish Car Day is scheduled to take place at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA on Sunday, August 29.

This year's "day" has actually been extended to two days, with the first day (Saturday, August 28th) consisting of driving instruction with In Control Crash Prevention Training. In Control and its race-bred instructors will put participants through their exciting half-day program. This will include instruction in ABS braking technique, steering control by way of a slalom, tailgating and backing demonstrations, and the very exciting 60 mph lane change maneuver, also known as the “moose avoidance maneuver” in Sweden. The driving instruction will take place in Saabs and Volvos and will be presented at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station.

The second day will consist of the the Swedish Car Day show in Brookline. It's the event's first summertime SCD, and special guests will include Steven Wade (from SaabsUnited) and Dave Burnham, who will be showing his 1971 Volvo 142 GT, a totally unique Volvo.

Registration for SCD and the In Control driving instruction is open now!

 
SOC2010 Kicks Off Thursday with Track Day

Thursday, July 22nd opens the 2010 Saab Owners Convention in Aurora, Ohio with Track Day at Nelson Ledges.

If you are a Saab Club member and just happen to be in the Northeastern Ohio area on Thursday the 22nd, why not join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Longest Day at Nelson Ledges victory by a Saab 900 Turbo? Attendees will have the opportunity to drive on the very course where SAAB's turbocharged 900 showed its stuff to the country back in 1980! Tickets are still available online.

David Wolfe, crew chief on the Nelson Ledges winning 900 auto, is our special guest at SOC2010. He will be at the Track Event and will give a short talk on the Longest Day activities at the Thursday evening Sponsor Dinner.

We will be generally following the Nelson Ledges "FunDays" rules. FunDays were created for the amateur sports car enthusiast; low performance cars and club racers -- people that have always wanted to experience the thrill of "On Track" driving but in a safe, controlled atmosphere. There will be a tech inspection where wheel lug torque and general vehicle condition will be assessed, and participants will be divided into groups based on vehicle performance and driver experience.

For all the details on this great event, check out http://saabconvention.com/trackday.aspx or the general SOC2010 website at http://saabconvention.com. We hope to see you there!!
 
2012 Saab 93 to Feature Return of Hatch

Autocar has just posted details of the new 2012 Saab 93 (rebadged from the current 9-3). Yes, there will be a hatchback, following behind the regular sedan and convertible. All models will feature frameless windows, and four wheel drive is expected to be an option. Check out all the details at the Autocar website.

 
Introducing the All New Saab 9-5
Saturday, 05 June 2010 00:30

Saab just posted the first promotional spot for the new 9-5 on its official YouTube channel. Check it out:

 2010 Saab 9-5 :: Introducing the All-New Saab 9-5

 
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