Let me get this out of the way first – Autoblog IS a great website. It’s a good, quick read about all manner of new car stuff and should be on your Favourites if it isn’t already.
Today they’re annoying the crap out of me by road testing the 9-2x. A road test of an important model by one of the better-read automotive websites should be a good thing, right? Absolutely.
The 9-2x Aero that they’ve agreed to test for a few days is an automatic. Is there a more pointless exercise thay could indulge in?? The 9-2x is a car built for fun, an excitement machine with some refinement added in by Saab. What then is the point of doing a road test in a configuration that will reflect about 20% of the car’s potential sales??
They do get my goat sometimes as they’re not exactly fans of Saab. Most of the recent bad news has been treated as a bit of a joke over there. As I mentioned before, I love Autoblog and read it daily. Mark Cuban reads it daily. Thousands of others read it daily and because of that, this could be a really important review for the model. Why don’t they do it properly then?? Every discussion I’ve read on BB’s buy 9-2x owners indicates a very high level of satisfaction with the car, and an appreciation for the Saab refinements.
What then can we do? Well, first up, I’m tracking this to GM’s Fastlane blog (about which there’s another post below) in the hope that someone there will get onto this and make sure they’re provided with the right vehicle for the test. The plates on the car are Michigan plates and I’m SURE there must be a manual 9-2x Aero in a lot somewhere in Detroit.
I can’t believe that GM would want this car to be prominently road tested in Auto form. Someone at GM prove me right. Please.
Second, if you’d rather see the 9-2x Aero be put in the best position to create the right impression, then go and voice you opinion by leaving a comment at Autoblog. This link will take you right to the 9-2x review. You’ll need to leave your comment and then confirm it via an automatic email that they’ll send to you.
Go on. If you care about the outomce of this test – Get Busy.