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President's Letter - March / April 2016

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Greetings, SCNA Members!

I am proud to introduce to you the most recent member of my automotive stable. I recently purchased a silver 1997 Saab 900 SE Talladega 5-door in Silver Metallic. Since we have decided to celebrate the 20th and 30th anniversary of the Saab endurance challenges in 1986 and in 1996, I thought that it was only fitting for me to arrive in a car that best fits the venue. I had been looking on line for the right car when I located this well preserved 141k 5-speed at Kingsway Motors in Fairfield, CT. As soon as I spoke to James, I knew that he was someone who knew and appreciated Saab vehicles. They worked with me on a fair price and even arranged for a driver to deliver the car to Boston. I have driven it a few hundred miles and I am pleased to report that it looks and runs beautifully. I can’t wait to drive it down to Atlanta for SOC.

As I write this letter, I have so many exciting things to report about our plans for the upcoming convention in August 4-7. In just a few weeks, a few of our board members will join me in visiting the Stone Mountain resort for our site visit. We will finalize the logistics of SOC and get the numbers ready for registration to open in early April. As part of our site visit, we will be talking with representatives from the Talladega Superspeedway to determine the best way for us to celebrate this important endurance milestone. Make sure to check out our web site in the upcoming weeks for more information about Talladega and about the Saab endurance challenges.

In January, we sent out over 300 letters to official Saab Service Centers and many independent shops as well. We have already had some commitments for sponsors, and this year we hope to welcome some new independent shops in addition to our favorite parts suppliers and web sites. Consider talking to your service center about sponsoring SOC 16. As President, one of my goals is to increase our ability to communicate to Saab shops across the country, and we have done that by compiling one of the most extensive lists of Saab repair facilities anywhere. SCNA can be the network that brings together Saab drivers with the parts and service centers that will keep their cars running for many years.

Finally, make sure to check this issue for a story about the only Saab dealer in Hawaii. Let’s just say we may have located the last few brand new 2011 Saabs still available for sale in the United States. Now, if only there was way to drive there…

As always, I welcome your feedback and comments. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sanford Bogage
President, Saab Club of North America

 
Erik in the Snow Print Available

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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

 
Newest Saab Service Provider: Svensson Automotive

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!

 
Saab Press: NEVS Shows 9-3 Electric Vehicle

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.

  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
  • Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.
The prototype series have multiple reasons:
  • 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.