Saab's broadening appeal."We're proud to say that Saab today, in 2005, is engaged in the most aggressive product expansion in its entire history," proclaims Debra Kelly-Ennis, president and COO of Saab Cars U.S.A., of the small Swedish car company that's part of the world's largest automotive company. The company has been around for 57 years, founded, Kelly-Ennis notes, by 16 aircraft engineers, only two of whom had driver's licenses at the time. And it is small in the context that on a global basis it sells about 130,000 vehicles per year. (About 30% of that is in the U.S.)
At the Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. Motor Show the company unveiled the Saab 9-3 SportCombi, which is essentially a small station wagon. It is the third 9-3 model, following the '03 9-3 sedan and the '04 9-3 convertible. (It is further evidence of how much can be done with a product architecture, as it is based on GM's global Epsilon underpinnings, which are used for things ranging from the Opel Vectra The Opel Vectra is a large family car produced by Opel, the main European subsidiary of General Motors. In the United Kingdom, it is sold as a Vauxhall. It has also been sold in Australasia as a Holden and in Latin America as a Chevrolet, although it has since been replaced in to the Pontiac G6.) The SportCombi, which resembles the Sport Hatch concept car that Saab campaigned at shows during '04, will be built at the production facility in Trollhatten, Sweden, where the 9-3 sedan and the 9-5 are also built. (The 9-3 convertible is built by Magna Steyr Magna Steyr (properly Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG ) is an automobile manufacturer based in Oberwaltersdorf, Austria. It is a subsidiary of Canadian-based Magna International, and was previously part of the Steyr-Daimler-Puch conglomerate. in Graz, Austria.)
The SportCombi features a hatch, which goes back to the hatch found on the Saab 95 of 1959. It is, in more conventional parlance, a station wagon, although that term is likely not to be used in promoting it in the U.S., due to the ostensible Apparent; visible; exhibited.
Ostensible authority is power that a principal, either by design or through the absence of ordinary care, permits others to believe his or her agent possesses. market toxicity of the label. Because Saab is truly a global player (Kelly-Ennis: "The big draw for GM to Saab is the fact that Saab represents a unique position in the GM product portfolio. Saab is GM's one and only European premium brand. Saab is GM's most recognizable global brand."), it's expected that while the SportCombi will sell on the order of 2,500 to 4,000 units in the U.S. that's only 10 to 15% of what's expected on a global basis (e.g., more than half of the 9-5 wagons, for example, are sold in the U.K.). The vehicle that Kelly-Ennis thinks will resonate quite well with the Saab buyers is the 9-7 SUV, the first-ever SUV in the company's lineup: They've calculated that 40% of Saab U.S. customers have an SUV, too, made by someone else. In addition, some 30% of Saab owners who defect to something else do so in order to get an SUV. So while the 9-3 SportCombi provides a good opportunity for Saab Automobile SAAB Automobile AB is automobile manufacturing company in Sweden, and is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of the General Motors Corporation. SAAB is the exclusive automobile Royal Warrant Holder appointed by H.M. the King of Sweden. to move more metal in other parts of the world, and does have the effect of providing more vehicles in U.S. show-rooms, it is the 9-7 that should gain even more interest among American consumers.
The 9-7, incidentally, is being produced in the GM Moraine, Ohio This article is about the city in Ohio. For other uses, see Moraine (disambiguation).
Moraine is a city in Montgomery County, Ohio, United States. The population was 6,897 at the 2000 census. , assembly plant. One of the things that Saab has had to grapple with to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.
See also: Grapple is the issue of currency fluctuations, which has made producing in Sweden only, as it had historically done, problematic. The Saab 9-2X
The Saab 9-2X is produced in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries, which also has its roots in an aircraft company, though one going back to 1917. Says Kelly-Ennis of the diversification of manufacturing locations: "This will put us in a better position to weather the currency exchange issues. It will be a big help to give Saab's financial picture more balance and stability. And this, in turn, will help fund our future product development."
Although Saab's U.S. sales in 2004 were just 38,159, with new products like the SportCombi and the 9-7, there are certainly brighter possibilities.
Under the hood under the hood - [hot-rodder talk] 1. The underlying implementation of a product (hardware, software, or idea). Implies that the implementation is not intuitively obvious from the appearance, but the speaker is about to enable the listener to grok it. of the 9-3 Sport-Combi (as well as the convertible and sedan versions) a new variant of the GM global V6 engine (the third in the lineup) is available. This is a 2.8-liter turbo that provides 250 hp @ 5.500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm (thereby keeping with the Saab ethos of low-end, wide-band torque: 90% of peak torque is available at 1,500 rpm, and the 258 lb-ft ranges from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm). According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Tim Cyrus, GM Powertrain's global V6 chief engineer, this engine, which is being produced at the Holden Port, Melbourne, Australia, facility (where another family member, a 3.6-liter engine, is also produced), was part of a go-fast development program. Cyrus says that Powertrain rented some space in Plymouth, Michigan Plymouth is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,022 at the 2000 census. The city is located within Plymouth Township, but is politically independent. , and assembled a global team of about 100 people who worked on the program. The fact that the 2.8-liter was to be turbocharged led them to make some adjustments, such as using 356T-6 aluminum for the cylinder heads (rather than the 319 alloy used for, say, the 3.6). There are sinter-forged con rods and a forged steel crank to deal with the furbocharged loads. The exhaust valves are sodium-filled and the exhaust valve springs are more robust. The exhaust manifolds are dual-skin, with stainless steel stainless steel: see steel.
Any of a family of alloy steels usually containing 10–30% chromium. The presence of chromium, together with low carbon content, gives remarkable resistance to corrosion and heat. inners. The turbocharger tur·bo·charg·er
turbo·charged adj. has a twin-scroll design and is fed by two exhaust ducts, one from each cylinder banks. There are two compressor zones that improve gas flow and reduce energy loss, and integrated charge cooling that reduces the temperature of the inlet air. The turbocharger provides about 9 lb. of boost.
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