Good news just spotted on the Saab 9-5 biopower. The Local, Sweden’s news in English, is reporting that approximately 10% of vehicles sold in Sweden during September were ‘green cars’, led by the new Saab 9-5 Biopower model, which runs on e85.
Statistics from carmakers and importers’ organisation Bil Sweden show that 2,402 such cars were sold in Sweden last month, making it the best month for “green” car sales ever recorded.
Large financial advantages available to those who buy environmentally-friendly cars is probably behind the figure, thinks Ulf Perbo, Bil Sweden’s deputy CEO.
“Green cars are exempt from congestion charging, can park free in many towns and are taxed at a lower rate,” he says.
“It is economical to drive green cars these days, particularly if it’s a company car.”
“Another reason is that the model range has started to broaden. Volvo is launching an ethanol car next year.”…..
…..Most of the green cars sold last month were the new ethanol-fueled Saab 9-5 Bio Power. The General Motors-owned Swedish carmaker sold 1,326 of the cars in September. The Ford Focus Flexifuel, also etahnol-powered, sold 603 models last moth, and the hybrid Toyota Prius sold 153. Volvo’s V70 Bi-Fuel sold 146.
Meanwhile, in Detroit, Bob Lutz is busy once again extolling the virtues of GM’s new full-size trucks. He does manage some real sense later on, however:
At the Detroit auto show, you’ll see the first of our new family of midsize crossovers. And I think you’ll agree when you see it, it takes another big step toward top-of-segment status.
I guess late to the party (again) is better than not arriving at all. And to think they could have had an entry into this segment 3 years or so ago with the 9-3x.