So many cars, so few Auto Shows. Given the cue by some talk about the Saab Hybrid Drivetrain making an appearance at the Stockholm Autoshow (which just seems waaaaay too early for me – we’ve only just heard about the hybrid system and the Stockholm show starts in about 10 days time), I got to thinking about the number of new Saabs due and the number of major car shows coming to debut them.
Given that big debut events for Saab would most likely be held in Europe, I’m tipping that Geneva and Frankfurt are the places to watch. That gives us only three more major shows to look forward to before 2008. In that time, one could expect to see the 9-4x (maybe in concept only), the new 9-3 in whatever forms it ends up taking, the 9-1 / 9-2 smaller Saab (probably concept only) and most likely a 9-5 as well. Perhaps one of the US shows could be used to show off a replacement for the 9-7x.
A new Saab model or concept every six months?! The boys in Trollhattan are busy.
Speaking of busy, the Aero-X will be exactly that in the next month or so.
It’s definitely making an appearance at the Stockholm show, which ends on April 9. It’s then off for an express trip accross the continent and the Atlantic in time for the New York Auto Show, starting April 14. Can you believe that after all the accolades the car received in Geneva, there isn’t a reference to the Aero-X anywhere on the Concept Car or Alternative Fuels sections of the New York site?
After the New York show, if reports are to be believed, the car will be taken for a few drives by what I’d say are a very lucky bunch of motoring writers.
Jay, I’m not a motoring writer, but I’m available…..
I thought I’d throw in this photo from Flickr. Great shot by a guy named Sam Gibson. Should be a separate SOTW entry, but I’m short for time at the moment.
First there was the hype, now there’s the growing pains.
Ethanol, whilst widely touted as the next big thing (here as well as everywhere else), could be set for a price rise if the expected pickup in use begins, combined with the American summer coming up (read: driving season). One of the main problems appears to be distribution. Ethanol-runnung engines like Saab’s Biopower engine have to have special anti-corrosive parts fitted for the setup to work. Gasoline is normally transported primarily via pipelines – it’s easier and more economical than boats, trucks and trains. And that’s the heart of the ethanol problem. It corrodes the pipelines, making those more expensive boats, trucks and trains necessary.
The Detroit News has the full story.