Prestissimo Blogging

Life will get back to normal in around 24 hours. Can’t wait. In the meantime…..

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All the real news involves a certain hybrid Biopower vehicle. There’s an article in Swedish available here today. Thanks to Jan for the link (his site – he’s a plug-in power guy – is here). He mentions via email that the car on show in Sweden this week has “a Metal Hybrid battery” but the aim is to use lithium ion, expecting a breakthrough in this technolgy 2008-2009. There is also mention made of a plug-in possibility as a future facility. It’s a concept car – market ready not earlier than around 2010.

Apparently this is the guy leading the project, Tommy Lindblom, with the battery bank in the background….

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Previous news about the Hybrid is here, here and here.
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About.com
seems to really, really like the 2006 9-5.

The 9-5 handles very well, with good road feel that’s balanced with a smooth ride. The 9-5 inspires confidence in a driver, with excellent road manners and ample power.

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BusinessWeek has an article that looks initially like a review of the company that sort of turns into a review of the 9-7x, including the following further testimony about the SUV’s better-than-expected credentials:

Driving the 2006 Saab 9-7XAutomotive experts and Saab buffs breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the 9-7X in the metal. There were some concerns that the brand would sacrifice its distinct heritage by building their first SUV on a GM platform, but what happened is that Saab’s engineers took the best-in-class experience from GM’s truck-based TrailBlazer, and gave it a thorough reworking — many auto journalists consider it the best version of GM’s SUV to date.

After further waxing on the 9-7x it reverts back to the rest of the range. A very good intro article for joe-public.

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GM won’t dump Saab or Hummer, apparently. Though I find it amusing that an American site like Autoblog is using an Australian source like News Ltd to get information about a conference call reported by a corresponent in New York.

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The energy-business-review reports on the chicken and egg dilemma facing the ethanol industry in the UK. There’s not enough cars, so who is going to invest in pumps?

The forward-thinkers, that’s who.

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Here’s a great SOTW shot……

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There’s a German press release from Saab about some Hirsch vehicles. I’m running short of Internet Cafe time, so if you speak the lingo, enjoy it here.

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6 Comments

  1. WOW! Finally, a non-turboed, non-biopowered, non-spoilered, non-troublesome SOTW! What a ripper of a 95 V4 that is. Any chance of further details, or at the very least a larger image?

    DrewB

  2. This is unrelated, but Saab USA just launched a new web site that’s a nice improvement over the old one. It incorporates info on the Aero X and other concepts, and carries the “Born From Jets” theme all the way through.

    I consider this yet another sign that GM is serious about raising Saab’s profile in America. Here’s the link:

    http://www.saabusa.com/

  3. DaveM,
    I hope you’re right. I’ve given up on the idea of GM selling Saab because they’ve dissected it to where it’s unmarketable. Now I’m just hoping that GM can work out a deal with the UAW, and get its house in order, so that it can be resuscitated from near-death and give us a Saab that is what Saab should be. I hope they’ve finally figured out what Saab is all about and what a great resource they have in Saab.

  4. Drew, I forgot to credit the fact that I pinched the photo from Flickr, so that’s as big as I could get it for the site. I’ll have another look for the source and see if a bigger one’s available.

    We could get shots like that (and better) of yours one time soon, of course.

    SW

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