I’ve added a new category here at Trollhattan, starting today.
Up until now I’ve been reluctant to refer to Saab’s planned new compact car as the 9-1, preferring to refer to it as the 9-2 in deference to the car it’s being designed to replace, the 9-2x. I think there’s enough out there now, though, for me to join the crowd and start referring to it as the 9-1.
It’s been interesting reading reports about this car over the last week or so. There was an initial Reuters report that quoted this car as being developed to take on the Audi A3 and the BMW 3-series. This has been reproduced over and over in various services without an editorial eye being passed over it in any of them.
Since when have the A3 and the 3-series been competitors? And since when has the Opel Astra, the supposed platform-doning car for the 9-1, been regarded as being near the same size and class as the 3-series?
Fact is, the Reuters report at the source of all these stories most likely contained a typo that was missed by an editor somewhere, and it’s spread like ‘the blob’ ever since.
Thankfully, Edmunds picked it up and have mentioned only the A3 in their story about it:
Forget the rumors you’ve heard about a neo-Sonett.
Saab planners are focusing on a much more down-to-earth product: a compact sport hatchback aimed at the Audi A3 and known internally as the Saab 9-1.
The bottom line on this is pretty much the same as it always was – drivers can look to 2009 for this new entry level Saab and here’s hoping it’s an absolute killer. Bloggers can look forward to new spyshots, hopefully starting around August or September this year.