Posted by: saabnuts | April 10, 2011

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April 10, 2011:

Saab is in business! Saab was successfully sold by General Motors (GM) to investors early in 2010.

Since becoming an independent car company, Saab introduced the all new Saab 9-5 in 2010.

2010 Saab 9-5 front

2010 Saab 9-5 front

Saab will soon be selling the all new Saab 9-4X crossover.

2011 Saab 9-4x

2011 Saab 9-4x

Also coming in 2011 is the all new Saab 9-5 SportCombi. I can’t wait to see and drive one of these!

Saab 9-5 SportCombi

Saab 9-5 SportCombi

Saab is also working on an all new Saab 9-3 for 2013.

If you follow this blog or others, none of this is news to you.

My point in posting this comes from seeing many people searching for Saab news and reading posts that are “old news” from 2010.

Also from reading articles elsewhere:

Thanks to SaabsUnited.com for pointing out these articles.

Here is a point I wish to impart to anyone reading: I am astonished by the number of people who report not knowing that Saab is in business. I’m also disappointed to discover people still finding misinformation about where Saab dealers are still in business, etc.

SAAB IS IN BUSINESS. Saab survived and rose from GM ownership as an independent car company.

Saab has had some supplier and financial issues to sort out recently, and I have once again been extremely disappointed with various media and publications I formerly trusted to provide factual news. What is most disappointing when one compares coverage of Saab from around the globe is the amount of needlessly negative SPECULATION that gets peppered into so called reporting.

When you add opinion to a “report”, please specify more clearly that you are repeating rumors, or better yet keep the rumors to yourself. I won’t repeat such rumors on this blog in spite of the fact that I try to be factual while still being an enthusiast for the exciting company and her employees that we all know of as SAAB, and include my opinions on these pages.

While I’m ranting, let me mention a few additional items:

  • Saab is an independent car company based in Sweden and recently celebrated their 1st year of independence.
  • Saab is and has been an innovative car company and has a LONG list of features that other companies lack or which Saab pioneered or adopted ahead of the masses including:
  • Aerodynamic, low drag coefficient designs going all the way back to the very first Saab ever designed.
  • 3 point seat belts.
  • Split braking systems that maintain braking power and control even if one braking circuit fails.
  • Safe location of gas tank (above rear axle) in the event of rear end collision.
  • Massive amounts of storage space and cargo capacity in a easy to manage car. Some Saabs can handle cargo loads bigger than enormous U.S SUVs which are not as efficient on gas as Saabs, and don’t handle as well as Saabs on any road surface.
  • Driver and passenger comfort set the standard for what cars should be… take a long trip in a Saab and discover what I’m talking about.
  • Moose test windshield… Only Saabs(?) are put through rigorous testing that includes making sure that Saabs withstand impressive obstacles while providing superior driver and passenger protection.
  • Safe dashboards, engine designed to drop under… Saab pioneered using materials that help reduce injuries sustained by driver and passenger contact with dashboard in an accident, as well as things such as making sure that the engine drops under the passenger compartment in the event of substantial front end collision.
  • Active head restraints.
  • Side air bags.
  • Roll cage / passenger cage – Saabs protect driver and passengers with a solid roll cage that has included side impact protection FAR longer than other car companies.
  • Impact absorbing zones – built into every Saab, and now other car companies utilize such things as the crumple zones Saab has been using for decades to protect driver and passengers.
  • Self repairing bumpers (somewhat, some models)… At least some of the Saabs we’ve owned benefited from self repairing bumpers designed to survive typical bumps and scrapes that occur in cities and parking lots.
  • Changing the air inside the car 15 times a minute – Saab pioneered filtering the air inside the passenger cabin and has been offering heating and air conditioning systems that change the air inside a Saab something like 15 times every minute!
  • Defrosters – including front windshield – something Volvo and Saab pioneered decades ago, as well as rear window defrosters and side mirror defrosters.
  • Heated seats – love those!
  • Center console mounted ignition key: it isn’t just a logical place to put the key, it also helps prevent knee injuries commonly sustained in accidents where a driver might make knee contact with a big key chain.
  • Remote alarm key codes that rotate codes – was Saab the first? Are they among the only car companies still doing this?
  • Theft resistant / deterring radios with codes / married to cars on newer models. To help prevent common theft, Saab has protected the car radio for decades with innovations such as codes that prevent using the radio in another car if stolen, as well as a system of “marrying” the radios to cars… again, preventing use by thieves if the radio is stolen.
  • Efficient and reliable turbo charged engines.
  • Superior / predictable handling under any weather conditions including superior bad weather handling.
  • Reliable – our Saabs (7 and counting) have been outstanding cars that travel incredible distances without trouble or breaking our bank accounts.
  • Safe – I think I covered that.
  • Fun – did I mention what a blast we have driving our Saabs?

I’d also like to suggest that if readers would like to keep abreast of Saab news with a healthier respect for facts versus speculation, I recommend you check the top Saab enthusiast sites out there which include SaabsUnited.com, Saabnet.com, SaabCentral.com, and SaabWorld.net. There are many more great Saab sites out there, but these will get you started.

If you really want to know what’s happening with Saab, do not  read just google news for Saab.  Instead, find out what these Saab sites (above) are saying about the “news”. You’ll find there are amazing numbers of talented and informed folks out there from whom I, for one, learn everyday via the internet.

The quality of information and people on Saab enthusiasts websites are second to none. Go check them out!

rant mode: off 😉

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