This Saab 900 Was Built to Last: Petrolicious

Posted in General, Saab, Videos by MrAngry | October 2nd, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Saab 900 Turbo

Saab owners are finicky, quirky and see things in ways that most automotive enthusiasts do not. You see they realized that not only were these cars something special, but that they were also engineered above the norm. The Saab 900 was first introduced in 1978 as the Saab 99 and became an almost instant classic. The body shape was timeless and it packed technology that was truly only felt in cars costing thousands more. Owner, Jordan Melville, dives into his love for Saab, detailing how he brought this 900 back from the brink of the wrecking yard to experience the car as if it were brand new.


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Saab Is Sold, Could Restart Production By Year End

Posted in auto industry, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | October 31st, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Here’s the good news: Saab has been sold to Chinese partners Pang Da and Youngman, for the bargain-basement price of $142 million. Now the bad news: Saab has been sold to Chinese partners Pang Da and Youngman, which means the future of Saab as we know it is anything but certain. Both Pang Da and Youngman have long wanted to kick off manufacturing in China, which may not bode well for the future of Saab’s Trollhättan, Sweden plant. Read More…

Saab Gets A Harsh Lesson In Chinese

Posted in auto industry, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | October 25th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Saab’s parent, Swedish Automobile, is learning the hard way that dealing with the Chinese isn’t always as simple as it seems. Chinese partners Pang Da and Youngman once seemed like saviors to the struggling Swedish automaker; after all, the companies committed $340 million in funding to the cash-starved carmaker. The deals were pending Chinese government approval, which always seemed like a long shot at best, but would have been enough to save Saab if approved. Read More…

Saab Museum Seized By Swedish Enforcement Office

Posted in auto industry, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | September 26th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Saab's 9-5 sedan. Image: © Saab Automobiles AB

Just in case you’ve missed the ongoing soap opera that Saab has become, the latest is that an appeals court has granted them protection from creditors. Just as in a reorganizational bankruptcy, this gives Saab time to raise funds and restructure itself, with a court-appointed supervisor, into a viable business. While we’d stop short of calling the future “bright” for Saab, at least a future is still possible. Read More…

Saab Denied Creditor Protection By Swedish Court

Posted in auto industry, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | September 9th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

And then, it was over. Barring a last-minute miracle, chances are good that the doors of Saab will be closing for good in the coming weeks. A Swedish court denied the automaker’s petition for creditor protection, which would have given Saab the equivalent of a reorganizational bankruptcy. With that option off the table, it’s virtually certain that the company’s labor unions will file bankruptcy proceedings against Saab, which is a necessary step for Saab’s workers (unpaid since July) to receive unemployment benefits. Read More…

Saab Pulls Out Of The Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted in auto industry, Frankfurt Motor Show, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | August 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The light at the end of the tunnel gets dimmer for Saab with every passing day. Despite a series of global investors sinking money into Swedish Auto, Saab’s parent, there have been no indications that Saab will restart production at the end of August as planned. You may recall that Saab shut down production last April, when suppliers cancelled deliveries due to non-payment of invoices. Since then, Saab’s raised a boatload of cash by selling cars to Chinese distributors, selling off real-estate holdings and even selling shares of common stock on two separate occasions. Read More…

2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Premium: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, European Review, Featured, RideLust Review, Saab by Kurt Ernst | August 1st, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4

Thumbs Up: A comfortable and entertaining sedan that stands out from the crowd.

Thumbs Down: Limited dealer network, a lot of parts-bin GM components, fake wood trim.

Buy This Car If: You want an alternative to luxury sedans from Buick, Acura and others.

Sometimes, the whole of a product is better than the sum of its parts. There are many examples of this in the automotive world, and chief among them is the 2011 Saab 9-5. On paper, it’s easy to break it down to it’s component elements: the platform is GM’s Epsilon II, shared with the Opel Insignia, Buick Regal and Chevy Malibu. It’s engine is a E85-ready variant of the GM Ecotec 2.0-liter, inline-four turbo, shared with the Buick Regal CXL Turbo and dubbed “BioPower” for it’s ability to digest fuel that’s 85 percent ethanol. The switchgear is straight from the GM parts bin, which seems just a bit out of place in a luxury sedan that crosses the $50k barrier. Read More…

Saab Gets (Another) Stay Of Execution

Posted in auto industry, News, Saab by Kurt Ernst | June 29th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The Saab 9-5. Image: Saab Automobiles

If cats truly do have nine lives, then it’s clear to me that Swedish automaker Saab is a cat. Since April of this year, they’ve faced production stoppages caused by unpaid suppliers cutting off deliveries, they’ve had investment deal after investment deal fall through and just last week announced that they didn’t have the cash to meet payroll. I was ready to pronounce them dead, but at the last minute a (new) Chinese savior stepped in with $18.2 million in cash and an order for 582 Saab vehicles. That’s enough to pay their workers, pay (some of) their suppliers and keep the lights on in Trollhatten, at least for now. Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!


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Saab’s PhoeniX Rises From The Ashes

Posted in Design, Geneva Motor Show, Saab by Kurt Ernst | March 4th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

It’s no accident that Saab chose to use the name “PhoeniX” for both their latest platform and the concept car unveiled this week in Geneva. The Phoenix, after all, is the mythical creature that rises from the ashes of destruction, and Saab now looks poised to pull off the exact same trick. A year ago, no one knew if Saab would even find a buyer; now they have, and that buyer (Spyker) seems focused on both preserving the marque and moving it into the future. To that end, the PhoeniX concept looks both futuristic and retro at the same time, with more than a little styling influence from cars like Saab’s Sonett III of the early 1970s. The videos below give a little more detail on the creation of the car, as well as what Saab has in store for the future. Read More…