Reprinted from Nines Magazine
As I write this letter, I am getting ready to head out to the Saab Owners' Convention (SOC 15) in Lexington, Kentucky. I look forward to attending the convention, seeing old friends and making new ones. More importantly, it is always exciting to see different Saabs, meet owners and learn their personal Saab stories. At every convention, I meet someone from the local area who loves their Saab but who didn’t realize there was even a formal Saab club or an annual convention. I myself was a Saab owner for many years before I knew about the SCNA, and after being involved for a relatively short time I find myself serving as the new president.
So much has happened with Saab since I begin attending SOCs, Saabs@Carlisle in PA and Swedish Car Day in MA almost ten years ago. I think that, today more than ever, the Saab Club of North America has an important role to fill for its members and for fellow Saab owners everywhere. SCNA and theSAABsite.com, in cooperation with the volunteers who organize the SOC and our other generous sponsors who continue to support our favorite brand, all stand committed to keeping Saabs on the road for many years to come. Saab enthusiasts across the country contact us to offer literature and vintage memorabilia to display and use for our charity auction. During the SOC planning process this year, we discovered at least one former dealer with a substantial Saab parts inventory that they were trying to sell us at a discounted rate. We continue to follow up on these leads to help make each event unique.
Over the next few years I hope to see SCNA continue to sponsor more regional events and expand its digital footprint which will promote the brand to upcoming generations. Please use NINES as a resource not only to tell us about your event, but to let other Saab lovers in your area know how they can participate. Don’t forget to tag SCNA and other local groups in your Facebook posts so that we can continue to spread the word that Saab is still here. 2014 data revealed that approximately 485,000 Saabs are still registered in North America, and that does not include all of the “project” cars that may lack a current registration.
Finally, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions, or if you would like to get more involved in planning future events.
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.