Biopower in 18?

Just noticed this on a pubic view section of Automotive News.  It regards the 9-5 Biopower ‘concept’ vehicle currently showing at the LA Auto Show and soon to be available for public view at Detroit’s NAIAS.

The company would need about 18 months to get it certified for the United States

"We are pushing for this, and I would give it a 9 (on a scale of 1-10) that we will get it" says Jay Spenchian…."This would be a tremendous image booster for us"

Am pleased to say I picked this on the weekend. All they’ve got to do is run them at Talladega and my ascension to the rank of prophet will be complete.  I can hear Jay now…."Come, my young Jedi…"

Now we just gotta get ’em convinced on diesel, too.  Right Fred?  I mean, if Mercedes can announce a whole lotta diesel in Detroit, and Saab already got a successful diesel model going in Europe, then why not? 

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  1. 18 months to get it certified?! Can’t GM throw around some weight and speed it up?

    Anyone can announce diesels, none of them we get here until the low sulfur diesel is the standard in the U.S.

  2. I don’t know why they’d have to get it “certified” at all. There are plenty of vehicles already on the market in the U.S. capable of running E85. Check out the list at

    As for the BioPower concept, I saw it at the L.A. Auto Show. What a waste. It was a 9-5 Wagon on a turntable with the hood CLOSED, nobody with a speaker and mike extolling its virtues and it was basically indistinguishable from a regular 9-5 Wagon but for the big decal on the side that says “BioPower” and the little chrome BioPower emblem on the hatch. SAAB does NOT know how to market products.

    I actually heard a guy (who I overheard earlier telling his friend “I actually LIKE SAABs” in a tone that sounded like he was divulging a guilty pleasure) say “BioPower”!?!? What’s that, you put your garbage in it!?!?

  3. I assumed they are talking about the EPA certifying that the car meets U.S. emissions standards. A few states, California especially, may have tougher standards than the federal gov. If the engine is really production ready and already meets most European standards, this should not take very long.

    Sounds a little suspicious.

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