Visit to Autohaus Lafrentz in Kiel

Saab Kiel

Welcome to Autohaus Lafrentz the local Saab dealer/service in Kiel. During Sunday morning last weekend 8th of March we arrived in Kiel and made a short visit to see some amazing cars on the parking lot. Currently there are 2 sportcombi´s #01 (/42 (series from the regular Trollhättan production line) and #42 owned by Combitech in Sweden at the location getting E.U registration. (Combitech is a wholly owned subsidiary of defense and security group SAAB AB). If you are unaware of the history please read up on it: The saga about “#17” by Michel Annink. Also there was a Spanish sportcombi #45 owned by a Norwegian owner. Click on each #00 for more info from SC directory.

Saab 9-5 Sportcombi

New and old. This is such a fantastic picture. Showing the very latest sportcombi #47 and old 900.

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5 years ago.. World Premiere new Saab 9-5 sc

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Photo from tella, Dragan Mitrovic, http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1130171-varldspremiar-for-9-5-sportcombi World Premiere at the Saab Factory in Trollhättan for the all new Saab 9-5 Sportcombi 2011-02-23, 11:30 am. Press and 3 800 Saab employees were shown the new cars. There was also a speech by Saabs vd Jan Åke Jonsson and Spykers Victor Muller.

5 years ago was a very exciting and important year for Saab. It was now it would be proved if Saab has come to stay or not. Now we know unfortunately how it went and the new Saab 9-5 Sportcombi was to be salvaged for scrap metal and one preserved for Saab Museum.

However, the creditors were standing in line to get their money back so everything that could be sold was to be auctioned off. That also included the test cars such as 9-5 Sportcombi. Some were in such poor condition they were not considered to be safe and could not be sold. The Swedish Transport Agency had already decided from the beginning that they were only test cars and would not be allowed to be registered legally and therefore not be driven on public roads. KVD had the great “honor” of holding in some of the auctions all sold prices are listed in the 9-5 Sportcombi directory, http://9-5sc2012.com/saab-9-5-sportcombi-2012-directory/.

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Pilots Wanted 2016

Pilots WantedPhoto by: Marcus, Flickr.

Another year and it´s time for the 3rd 9-5 NG meeting at Autohaus Lafrentz in Kiel, Germany. All pilots with the last 9-5 new generation or sportcombi are welcome to attend if registered. There are only 40 places available so hurry up and register if you are interested. This is the best location in the world to spot the all new 9-5 sportcombi. So even if you don’t own a new generation Saab you might want to take a trip to Kiel for this weekend. 3-4th of June.

Some pictures from 2014. https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcuskillen/albums/72157645296476341

Pilots wanted 2016 – Registrierung

To Navigate or not, that’s the question!

When I bought my “#17” in December 2012, it came with a well-functioning radio. In fact, this radio is probably one of the best basic units SAAB ever fitted, but it had two main issues: it had a not-so-very-beautiful green screen and didn’t have GPS/navigation capabilities. Upgrading to the high end touch screen system however was reported to be next to impossible, but after consulting with the team at Authaus Lafrentz in Kiel, it turned out it could be done anyway!

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