Driver training and image. The Saab Aero Academy 2001.

Saab started with the Aero Academy in the early 2000s. The German competitors in full view, who have been using similar events for a long time. A Saab Aero was the top model in the series, and Saab has never been as sporty as it was then. So you saw yourself in Sweden, and of course there was something there.

Saab Aero Academy
Saab Aero Academy

The sporting days when Saab still had its own factory team were long gone. Erik Carlsson's success faded more and more, it was just too long ago. Only the longtime fans could remember. Newcomers interested in a Saab had no idea of ​​the brand's sporty DNA. Much worse: in Sweden the survey values ​​were miserable. Saab was considered conservative, dusty, and fussy. A brand for an older audience and Volvo was better on all key points. There was no trace of sportiness in public opinion.

Image care with the Saab Aero Academy

So there was a need for action. With the far-reaching revision in 2001, the 9-5 Aero was boosted to 250 hp, making it Saab's most potent contribution to date in the upper middle class. That was good for the image, and the development for the second generation of the 9-3 was well advanced. With its steering rear axle, the Swedes saw it as one of the most dynamic offers in the compact sedan segment. Some preparatory work couldn't be wrong.

The Aero Academy traveled internationally. In Germany, driver training courses were held at the Nürburgring. Customers learned to control their Saab even in difficult situations. Evasive maneuvers on the water plate, slalom at higher speeds through a pylon course. It was fun, brought brand loyalty and was ultimately also good for road safety.

The short, unfortunately not high-resolution video, is a teaser that Saab customers should want to experience. That should have been successful.

11 thoughts on "Driver training and image. The Saab Aero Academy 2001."

  • @ Ebasil,

    E10 and E5 (Super and Super Plus) as well as 7% blending of vegetable oils in the diesel were part of the deal.

    Locally and purely or predominantly vegetable fuels (ideally from waste) have been left behind in fiscal terms. We now get 5 to 10% blends from all over the world from the oil companies and actually in competition with forests and food. And of course everything is 100% taxed. It may be that the mineral oil tax was allowed to rise or fall in an energy tax (see StF), but the desired and occurring effect is the same and was to protect the oil companies and against the loss of tax revenue.

  • At least the conflict with the mineral oil tax does not officially exist with us, since it has been called energy tax for several years (
    What should annoy you much more in this context is that the VAT is also levied on the energy tax and therefore you can still pay taxes on taxes. This is a clever business model!

    As far as I know, the reason for the 'premature' start of the model years is that the changes that are necessary for the technical changes of the respective model year are made during the summer factory holidays. In other words, equipping the warehouses and belts with the new parts, adjusting handling devices and robots if necessary, and much more.
    The maintenance and service people prefer to do this during the factory holidays in summer than at Christmas and New Year. As always, of course, exceptions confirm the rule.

  • Oh dear, I probably expressed myself imprecisely - “tax-subsidized” should mean: tax advantages for the consumer compared to other types of fuel, since there is no mineral oil tax. Thanks for the clarification - and of course you are right that a full mineral oil tax on a product that is 85 percent not made from mineral oil is a piece of Absurdistan!

    Are the 10 percent in E10 fully taxed? I hope that is handled just as absurdly there. Otherwise you might think about a legal review regarding the equality principle. Sounds absurd, but would be an approach.

  • @ Ebasil,

    everything right and full agreement. BUT please, please never use the term of a (discontinued) state subsidy in connection with D and E85 ...

    There has never been one.

    It is historically correct that E85 would still have been competitive without funding. The end of the bio-fuel - quasi the active stab in the dagger - lay in the mineral oil tax levied on the reporting date.

    Mineral oil tax on a herbal product?

    E85 has never been mined in Germany, but has been buried deliberately and in agreement with the mineral oil companies.

  • Andreas K. - E85 vs. Electric (and what about diesel)

    Complete agreement! And the “lack of” demand was politically or wanted by the German car lobby. It hardly brings any money, older cars cheaply (approx. 1.000 euros, see France) to convert to E85. Therefore, the tax incentives were discontinued at the end of 2015. The numerous FFVs that VW had in their program, for example, had not even been offered in Germany. Tom summed it up very well at the time:

    Instead, we had been tasting diesel for years, which - thanks to the fraud by VW - is now largely unjustly demonized. Corona shows, for example here in HH, that the driving bans are completely nonsensical. Despite a considerable reduction in car traffic, there was no improvement in the measured values ​​for the air. What is it? The heaters in the city are the problem! With today's technology, these REAL ESTATE burners could easily and cleanly be replaced by electric heaters - without battery problems. In the case of MOBILE energy requirements, on the other hand, it could predominantly stay with the combustion engine of the latest technology (from whatever, E85, diesel) and of course hybrid. It is in the nature of things that electrics cannot be the only solution that makes you feel good.

    Incidentally, just yesterday in the NDR someone from NABU or BUND (unfortunately I don't remember exactly) announced that only the 6 cruise ships currently parked in the port of Hamburg in emergency and maintenance operations during Corona produce significantly more air pollution per day than the entire Hamburg car fleet. and truck traffic! I call that a scandal, especially since there are shore power systems for the ships!

    Guilt was bggl. E85 incidentally also the - deliberate - public opinion-making that E85 is “food in the tank”. France shows that it can be done differently and even on a larger scale, where, for example, waste from wine production is processed into E85. It would not be a problem in Germany either, instead of or in addition to the tax-subsidized biogas plants, which are on almost every agricultural operation in this country because of the subsidies, to subsidize corresponding plants for processing agricultural waste into bioethanol. The European legal framework is there, and France also uses it.

    But since unfortunately not wanted here, all that remains is to hope that one day you can go to F again after Corona. My BioPower Cabrio, which unfortunately was only allowed to try the delicious juice on a trip to Sweden, and I'm really looking forward to it! 🙂

  • Yes, it would have been nice to hit the slopes with new Saab models and maybe to push your limits a bit. Unfortunately, GM and various pseudo-rescuers brought about a different result - what a shame!
    And one more word about the E85, my first 9-3 Sportcombi was a 1.8t Biopower. With the E85 he went like “Schmidt's cat”, spreading a lot of affordable driving fun. Unfortunately, this ecological niche was closed due to a lack of demand. Instead, mobile electronic scrap is now being celebrated, with which one can hardly make the route Frankfurt / Wiesbaden there and back without having to plug the socket. I don't really know whether this is actually ecological and suitable for everyday use

  • Yes, full agreement on all points (and everything was clear to me ...)

    Predating the MY has reached its peak in my Griffin Cabriolet: built 04/2011, but it is MY 2012! The Griffins (the last, still significantly modified series of the 9-3 III) were built mW from March 2011 (if the tapes ran at all times), but were all MY 2012.

  • 2222 was the devil. Like your 101, if you do the calculations; -]

    Husband & wife will have to look after us, if we all move the MY 2022 under expert guidance at the lower end of its limits in a year, there is guaranteed not to be a cock for typing and / or calculation errors; -]

    The (MY 2022 in summer 2021) is intentional. I don't know why, but as far as I know, the model years are latently predated.

    Maybe buyers need it that way? Maybe they won't buy the latest models from November or December, would they feel like they have to put off the planned new car for a few weeks or months at the latest in January of the next year?

  • Hahaha - I'm no better myself! Ahem…. 🙁

    Of course, I would love to test drive the Aero MY 2222 a full 201 (!) Years before it goes on sale! 🙂

  • Herbert - Very cool! 🙂

    2222 years before it can be bought, I would really like to test drive the Aero (MY 101) there, especially with a Swedish E85. If the plans of the Saab Germany organizers were a little too ambitious and premature, a ride in the new 9-3 IV Aero MY 2022, fully fueled with E85, would be enough for me! I'm curious about the appearance of the new 9-3 IV! Maybe you can order the new model right away or - even better - buy it and take it with you ??? !! 😉

  • Cool

    Bad news:
    The Summer Academy 2020 falls victim to Corona.

    Good news:
    In 2021, the Aero Academy will launch the 9-3 lV and the revised 9-5 NG. All Areo (MY 2222) have XWD and the 300T strengthened to 2.0 PS. The new 9-3 Viggen can also be driven. Here the 2.0T delivers 330 PS and the limited edition is slimmed down by 100 kg compared to the Aero and is only available as a 3-door coupe.
    The 9-3 Aero is also available as a 5-door coupe, sport combi and convertible.
    With all models, the assistance can be switched off at the push of a button.

    And by the way, like in Sweden, the Aero Academy Germany refuels all vehicles with E85 as an important contribution to climate protection. With this fuel, the power and torque of the Aero and Viggen are 20 and 30% above the German brochure specifications. But don't worry, the Academy's primary goals are safety and vehicle control. Driving pleasure is only a minor matter - and inevitable.


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