My nose is completely stuffed!! It feels like it’s about to fall off my face and drop onto the keyboard. Entries will be light as a result.
Whilst GM in the USA is flapping about like a fish on the deck, GM Europe is showing some pretty good signs of life. Business Week have an article on the growth potential in Europe and it does point to some interesting developments for the future. The Opels in years to come look promising with the release of the Antara concept vehicle as well as the possible use of the Saturn Sky / Pontiac Solstice framework. Whilst this is promising for Opel, it seems that Saab will lose out on the possible Sonett platform as mentioned here a few days ago.
This prefaces a trend that’s becoming more prevalent and disturbing to me as time goes on. Not only characterised by the Opels above, but also by the promotion of Cadillac throughout the continent as their Euro luxury entrant. With Opel bringing in some consistent winners in the entry level market and Caddy promoted in the manner they’re planning, where does Saab fit in GM Europe’s plans?
Surely an expansion of the Saab model range would be better accepted on the European stage than the force-feeding of Cadillacs. I don’t want to get all negative here but Caddy’s are regarded in other parts of the world as a pretty non-subtle and unsophisticated display of wealth and big-ness. I guess we’ll have to await the sales numbers and see what happens, but I can’t help but think that GM’s lack of commitment to developing a global premium player is going to come back and bite them on the bum.
Autoblog are having a contest. I could win an iPod Nano if I write a post on my blog describing and linking my 10 favourite Autoblog stories. In other words, they’re bribing for free advertising and a very small (if at all) rise in Google rank.
Normally I’d more than willing to comply, especialy for a new Nano, but as the number of entries they did on the new Saab 9-5 whilst they were at Frankfurt could be counted in a donut shop (i.e. a big fat zero), I’ll hereby invite them to roll their competition into a nice compact unit, along with their lack of Saab coverage, cover them both with a light dusting of oil and then shove ’em where the sun don’t shine!!
Sorry Autoblog, no nice links here, but at least I’m honest….ok, a little vindictive too….
An interim Saab O The Week shot, from Flickr. This one photographed and posted by Ti.Mo.
Hopefully I’ll get to post some more later, when my nose stops exploding and reacquaints itself with the regular facial functions around here. In the meantime, check out the powertrain developments below, and particular thanks to Ted in comments for making sense of some stuff I don’t understand too well. It seems that the latest SVC developments aren’t just extensions of the old prototype, but real, fresh develoments. I tell ya, GM really ought to back this pony in.