Back from Belgium, or more precisely from Flanders, there is a Saab more on our roads. Behind us are, with detours, more than 1.500 kilometers that were really fun. The travelogue follows tomorrow. Meanwhile, a long-awaited package has arrived from Sweden.
Playsam has sent the promised streamliners from Kalmar. The design objects painted in the Saab color "Lightning Blue" are part of Saab history. Commissioned as a reminder of the Saab 9-3 Viggen, Saab wanted to remember this special high-performance model. Saab 9-3 Viggen are sought-after collector's items today and have a solid circle of friends.
Due to the economic development in Trollhättan the order was no longer retrieved, and the Viggen Streamliner remained with the manufacturer. Only 300 pieces should go as a limited edition to the brand fans, and we have some copies reserved for our readers. It is a unique opportunity, because a post-production will not exist here. The Viggen Streamliner is now available in our shop.
Let's take a look at the press and see what Saab has to offer.
Press 1: Victor Muller and the Griffin
Muller put it in the reporting again. After he is unwilling to pay in tax matters and wants to sue the Swedish tax authorities, he now philosophizes about the Greif and NEVS. He told the news portal “Just-Auto” that he wanted to dispose of the Saab-Greif one way or another. The griffin would have been replaced by the historic B18 bomber. He's not saying anything that we haven't known for a long time.
And he decorates himself, as the saying goes, with strange feathers. The departure of the Griffin, piece by piece, was decided before Muller thought of acquiring the Saab Corporation. The idea for the further development of the brand came from the design team and not from Victor Muller.
But Muller, even if he will remain in the media, is a thing of the past. Even his poisoned greeting to the new owner uttered in the interview does not change anything. “He wishes”, he says, “NEVS all the happiness in the world - even if he doesn't understand its business model”.
Press II: A small gift
Charles XVI Gustav, by profession King of Sweden, was visiting the Saab Museum. Museum curator Peter Bäckström gave the king a gift as a Saab 92001 Roadster. Small things can cause positive press, and the Aftonbladet reported on the Saab intended for Princess Estelle. Nice that the press in Germany has taken note of it and Saab so at least in Hamburg in the Media is.
Press III: The mirror explains Turbo
Can a news magazine explain Turbo? The author Jürgen Pander obviously can not. In his new Article he writes about Turbo Technology and even mentions the Saab 99 Turbo. However, all turbos before 1994 were stamped as impassable, because the breakthrough came with - please hold on - the 4 Audi A1.8 1994t.
The fact that Saab, as a turbo pioneer, invented the soft turbo long ago, in which no turbo lag was noticeable, is neglected. That our Swedes have cultivated the combination of turbo with automatic transmission, and that turbo and automatic can be fun when you sit in a Saab, is also not worth mentioning. The lack of durability of the small turbo engines is completely suppressed - with the trend towards downsizing hailed in the article. Is there any paid content for the Volkswagen Group in the Spiegel article?
But alright, the Audi A4 1.8t was a yawningly boring car despite 5 valve technology and no breakthrough in turbo technology. The classic Saab 900 was already on the road with soft turbos, which at best had a minimal turbo lag, and Saab impressively demonstrated how mature Turbo technology can be with the Talladega Long Run. At a time when Ingolstadt had the same idea at the same racetrack a few weeks before the Swedes and secretly, quietly pulled off with heated turbo engines.
Maybe someone from the Hamburg Saab scene invites Jürgen Pander to take a tour of the Hanseatic city? The new Spiegel headquarters are easy to find. With a Saab 9000 or Saab 900S. Before 1994, of course.