Bob Lutz is taller than Anthony Lo. That’s the main thing we learn in today’s Fastlane blog entry. Okay, that’s a little unkind – GM’s apparently behind Saab 110% and the Aero-X has arrived to save the world too, but the photo of Bob and Anthony is the part that’s caught my eye.
Caption contest anyone?
"Hey everyone, come watch my new ventriloquist act!!"
"Bob, why is your hand on my…."
On a more serious note, I want to congratulate and thank Anthony Lo and his team for the leading role they played in developing what is a fantastic and exciting Saab concept vehicle. It’s just one man’s opinion, but I’ve got no hesitation in using the name Saab in relation to this vehicle, which is about the highest compliment I can think of to pay.
In addition to the coverage of the debut yesterday, there’s more and more (and more) coverage floating around the media. Every year there seems to be one car that captures the attention at any one of the main motor shows. A few years ago Alfa Romeo did it with the Brera (which is just now being released in various markets after 3 further years of development). With the possible exception of the Aston Martin Rapide, I think this is definitely Saab’s year at Geneva.
There’s also more about GM’s newly-stated support for Saab:
"I’ve spoken at length with Jerry York," said Lutz, referring to the board member who is a key aide to the automaker’s third-largest shareholder, Kirk Kerkorian. "And he’s off this get-rid-of-Saab thing."
Commitment is everywhere:
Speaking at the International Motor Show in Geneva, Carl-Peter Forster said G-M has decided to keep Saab — and any questioning of its future in the company is over.
General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it expected an increase in its European market share this year and flagged plans to increase sales in higher-margin areas.
"We are certainly (looking) for share growth in Cadillac," the automaker’s Europe chief, Carl-Peter Forster told reporters at the Geneva auto show.
"Saab could grow or at least maintain its share…"
I would think that growth is definitely the target.
Finally, being March 1st here in Oz that means that February sales data should be out soon. January was a ballburster of a month, so it’s going to be interesting to see the trendline emerging.
Go Saab, Go!
Carl-Peter Forster is also whispering things about the upcoming Saab crossover:
He said progress has been made on the planned Saab crossover vehicle, adding that it will share certain components with one other GM brand.
Forster wouldn’t say which brand was involved, but he did say there was a possibility the Saab crossover _ a mix of various model types _ could be built in North America. He said the design of the crossover was at an advanced stage and production could start by the end of the decade.
Mexico’s part of North America, right?