I’m really enjoying the 9-5 Aero that I’ve got this weekend. Preliminary conclusion: my expectations were not too far out of line (and the advisories I received in comments are right on target). It’s my last full day tomorrow and it’s a public holiday here. The weekend’s been busy so far. Tomorrow the 9-5 and I get jiggy wid it.
That Saab UK guy can be such a blast! On the release of the 9-5 Biopower in Britain (where there are only 2 petrol/gas/filling stations where you can get e85):
‘We urge the Government to take action to encourage the widespread availability of E85 bioethanol.’
What have Saab got there? 0.3% of the market?
I’m sure Mr Blair’s getting on it right now, Jonathan.
You’ve probably seen this already, but for posterity and all that…..
Mark LaNeve, GM’s head margeting guru, has come out in support of Saab in the face of new board member Jerry York’s calls for the brand to be cut from GM’s lineup. Various news agencies are quoting LaNeve. This one’s from Automotive News:
Saab appeals to educated young shoppers on the East Coast and West Coast, where GM sales are weak, LaNeve said.
GM can operate the Saab brand efficiently by combining back-end operations with Hummer and Cadillac stores under the same ownership, he said.
But LaNeve admitted that Saab suffers from a weak brand image, especially compared with archrival Volvo: "I fundamentally believe that the only difference between Volvo doing 120 (thousand sales) in the U.S. market and Saab doing 40 is that everyone knows that Volvo stands for safety and nobody was sure what Saab stood for."
I want to give a warm Trollhattan Saab welcome to a little guy that I’ll keep nameless for his own privacy, born on the 10th and the first son for a guy some of you know around here or at SaabCentral as SaabKen.
Hopefully Ken’s starting the Aero-X savings fund now for use in 17 years time!!