Reprinted from Nines Magazine
Greetings, SCNA Members!
Late summer and early fall in New England provide for mild sunny days and clear skies, and I have spent the last few weekends enjoying my 1994 C900 Turbo convertible. Each time I drive that car it reminds me of how much I love the classic 900. With today’s cars and all of their computer controls, it is nice to drive a car with a gearshift, analog gauges and the look, feel, and of course the undeniable smell of an old Saab.
Days like these help me understand why some people have never moved beyond the classic 900; it is such a perfectly balanced car. My 1991 900 Turbo was the first car I ever drove to 200,000 miles, and it was running beautifully when I sold it to the next owner. Fortunately, my current 900 I only drive for leisure, so the miles build up much more slowly. Not only does my convertible represent my commitment to the Saab brand, but more importantly it represents the kindness of the Saab community which has helped me with large tasks like the automatic to 5-speed conversion to small tasks like finding a wooden shift knob, gauge set or new horn buttons for my steering wheel. I could not have built my car without the support of my friends and mechanics in the Saab community, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. I’m sure that many of you reading this can relate to one Saab owner helping out another with parts, advice and a shared desire of continued enjoyment.
Last week was our monthly conference call, but my first as president. We have all been boosted by the positive feedback from members about SOC ’15, and your board members are working hard on plans for next year’s Owners’ Convention. I am excited to tell you about some of the things we are discussing with an eye towards the future of the Saab Club of North America. First and foremost, I am thrilled by the energy our friends at the Saab Club of Atlanta have shown in scoping out possible locations for SOC ’16. We hope to have more specific details in the near future, but I can safely say that we will be in the greater Atlanta area this summer. We have also established a sub-committee to begin planning for SOC ’17 which will take place on the west coast, most likely in southern California. My goal is to announce the date and location of SOC ’17 at the convention this summer and moving forward, we will make efforts to continue making the announcement for the following year at the convention.
As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Please email me at
President, Saab Club of North America
Well known Saab author, artist, and former designer, Lance Cole, has launched an artwork (see attached image) as a tribute to Erik Carlsson who passed away last month.
Lance is the author of two Saab books (‘Saab Cars: The Complete Story’ being current) and numerous magazine and media features on Saab – including an obituary to the company upon its demise, and a recent (British) national press obituary to Erik Carlsson.
Lance says: “Erik was very kind to me on the few occasions I met him. As he was to so many, he was a true hero and an amazing man. I wanted to capture the exuberance of his driving and the spirit of Saab, so how else but via a painting of his toreador red Saab 96 two-stroke depicted on a snowy Monte Carlo Rally scene en route to victory.”
A donation from sales of the print will be made to the Saab Museum Trollhattan Sweden
The painting is in acrylic and is available as a high quality print in three sizes:
- A4+ sized (8.3x 11.7 in+ / 210 x297 mm+) print with small external border in an open edition. Price: GB£25.00 / USD$39.00 / EUR34.00
- A3 sized (11.7 x 16.5in/297x 420mm) print with internal border as a 500 copies limited edition. Price: GB£ 45.00 / USD$70.00 / EUR62.00
- A3+ sized print with large external border to 14x18in+/ 355x457mm+) as a signed, numbered 1 of 250 limited edition collectors print. Price: GB£75.00 / USD $118 / EUR103.00
A small number of artist’s remarques will be available upon request at GB£100.00
Foreign exchange rates apply at time of all orders
To order your print,
and arrange payment (including PayPal) and consignment in a tube by standard post, inclusive.
Note: To inhibit unauthorised copying, the red hue of the low res image in this article has been altered from the original.
Image Copyright Lance Cole (c) 2015; All Rights Reserved
The Saab Club of North America would like to welcome our newest Saab Service Provider, Svensson Automotive, in Lafayette, CA. Svensson Automotive is offering a 10% discount on parts and service when you present your Club Membership card at the time of service write up. The shop is an official Saab Service Center providing geniune Saab replacement parts and factory trained and experienced Saab technicians. Check out the Saab Service and Discount page for contact information, and thank Svensson Automotive for their dedication to Saab Club members when you stop by!
Nevs’ Electric Vehicle Shown Today
Today Nevs presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.
The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan where the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. With that, the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine.
The Saab 9-3’s famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.
“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.
The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.
The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.
In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:
The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.
The prototype series have multiple reasons:
- Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
- Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
- Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.
- To enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company.
- To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
- To be used as a test bench for technical development.
- To verify the manufacturing setup.