Followup on previous posts

Frankfurt is all-systems-go as we speak.  Boy, how I wish I was there rather than chained to a desk in southern Tasmania.  As far as travel is concerned, the good news is that it looks like our home-buying plans are off and our travel plans for Canada in 2006 are on.  This will also likely mean a trip to SOC 2006, wherever it’s being held.

Woohoo!

Anyway, back to Frankfurt…..there’s a whole bunch of photos that have been released by Saab in this post, but if you want to see them all, then the Saab press release page is probably where you want to be.

Have fun and come home before dinner. OK?

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Big thanks to iDav for his comments on my C&D rant.  He’s posted a link to a more soothing 9-3 Sport Sedan review as performed and written-up by TopGear.  If you read both of them it really does go some way to illustrating the different approaches on either side of the Atlantic.  Maybe it illustrates something about why the two continents also have differing sales figures and trends at the moment.

Remember C&D’s problem with the 45 buttons in the interior?

Topgear:

 

An information display – warnings, radio settings, satnav instructions – nestles at the base of the windscreen, the optimum spot for the driver’s line of vision. The various other dials and buttons couldn’t be easier to use.

 

Perhaps it’s just the fact that Topgear went and used them rather than counting them….more to the point, Topgear rated the 9-3 way better and more in line with it’s BMW competition, which is perhaps due to the different review style.

I’m also a big fan for Fred’s comment, something I’d thought of after I’d written the rant (but was away from my computer – darnit!): with regard to C&D’s problems with the satnav system – real men can read maps!!

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Australia lost the Ashes overnight (cricket news, nothing to do with Saab).  Can’t say how disappointed I am.  Well done you English mongrels.  See you in 2 years.

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  1. I too was disappointed by the Car & Driver comparo. The CTS is certainly not more desirable than the 9-3, nor is the Lexus. The gotta-have-it-factor really shouldn’t be a part of a magazine comparo, because it isn’t accurately measurable. Another thing about their findings: the Saab’s braking distance was way off – something they punished it for. Yet several of the other cars in the comparo, notably the CTS and the Audi, had climate control systems that were barely adequate, and this wasn’t a problem for the C & D writers. Also no mention of the best-in-class or damn near it driver’s seat that is only rivalled by the Volvo for comfort.
    Perhaps it is a good thing when mainstream car rags don’t “get” it. It leaves the joy of driving the top front-wheel drive sport sedan in the world to those who actually put some effort into their car-buying decision.

    On another more positive note, try to find the November 2005 edition of “European Car”. It contains a glowing review of the new SportCombi. Some snippets:
    “This is, without a doubt, far and away the best sounding Saab ever…Engineers spent eight months on the exhaust sound and their efforts paid off. Even better is the way the all-aluminum, 250-bhp dohc motor backs up that joyous sound with solid performance. The new V6 has 90% of maximum torque available at just 1500 rpm and a torque peak of 250 lb-ft; that’s one big plateau stretching from 2000 to 4500 rpm.” and later…”I challenge you to find a car with a better combination of fun-to-drive dynamics and long-haul, high-speed cruising ability.”

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