Wow, just when I’m getting on a roll, another work trip, meaning more sporadic blogging for the next 4 days. As always, comments or email are open for discussion and any news tips.
At considerable risk of starting some sort of link spiral, Channel 4 is quoting TrollhattanSaab with regard to the upcoming hybrid concept, and then going a step further to predict that the first we’ll see of it in production terms is the 9-2 smaller Saab in 2010.
Makes sense, but given that all the testing is being done in 9-3’s at the moment, I’ll wait for Thursday’s press releases.
(and it was no real risk of a link spiral. A – they spelt the blog’s name incorrectly, and B – they didn’t actually do the right thing and include a link – bastards!!)
From the Detroit Free Press, vai Autoblog, there’s an interesting article about the renewed push for plug-in hybrids. Some may remember that when hybrids first came out, there was some apprehension from consumers about having to remember to plug them in etc etc. Car companies had to do a lot of re-education (i.e. spend bucketloads of money) in order to reassure people that this wasn’t the case – the car’s batteries recharge off the motor and the brakes.
Now there’s people, including US Senators, calling for plug-ins to emerge. Backers say that triple-figure mileage is more than possible.
I suppose it’s interesting given that Saab will be introducing it’s proposed hybrid drivetrain later this week. I also received an email from an environmentalist in Sweden yesterday, hoping that the Saab concept would be a plug-in.
We’ll wait and see.
From hybrids to juice-drinking big things…..
I’m pleased to see that Trollhattan has received it’s first comment (that I know of) from a 9-7x owner. I’m pleased as punch. And Ray seems to feel exactly the same way with his 9-7x.
I wanted a vehicle that was versatile, comfortable, safe in bad weather and handled well. I considered the 9-3 Sport Combi, but thought it offered less for almost the same price. And I didn’t want to look at the exact same dashboard for the next three years [SW: he owned a 9-3 Arc and has been a Saab owner for 6 years]
The 9-7x expands the Saab line to a new category and needs no apologists. There’s enough Saab character in there to make a Saab-lover that wants an SUV happy. Mission accomplished.
I think Saab mentioned things about people leaving the Saab brand to buy an SUV etc etc when they bought the vehicle to market. Mission accomplished indeed.