I received an email from Hirsch last night about Saab Performance upgrades and to put it simply (I’m a simple man), you can get Hirsch here in Oz, but most likely due to the tiny market here and freight costs etc it’s deemed too costly to be worthwhile pushing it in the public eye.
At risk of becoming a pest, I’ve emailed Saab Aust to ask about the lack of publicity surrounding Hirsch Performance upgrades here in Oz. A copy of the email is after the jump.
I’m still waiting for UK and Australian sales figures. German ones would be good too, but I’ve lost my link for those. If anyone can assist with a link for the German stats, I’d really appreciate it.
One for my main-diesel-man, Fred.
Autoblog have run a full article on a VW Jetta in the US running almost purely on veggie oil. Not Bio-D, but pure Veggie Oil. It involves having separate tanks and a switch to run on regular deez whilst the congealed veggie oil warms up, but apparently it runs fantastic, though it probably smells funny if you’re following it.
Once again I’m left to fume over the success of Audi, who had their best first quarter ever in 2006 and sold over 90,000 vehicles in March. Saab should be able to top these guys, and one day they will.
While the BioPower Hybrid concept is a fully functioning automobile, its going to be at least a few years before we see anything like it on the road. Insiders suggest that Saabs course to achieving production vehicles like this car will incorporate small baby steps, starting with things like SIDI direct injection and ethanol capability being added to the regular 9-3, and perhaps, even to the convertible model. Eventually, once parent company GM is ready to introduce full hybrid vehicles, which will take place later this year, ethanol and hybrid technologies will truly unite.
The Detroit News recently published a story on the Euro-Caddy, the Saabilac, the BLS, stating that sales targets had been revised down from 20,000 units a year in 2010 to just 10,000 units a year.
According to GM’s Fastlane blog, the Detnews story was nothing more than an April Fool’s Day gag. Targets remain on track and I for one hope they meet them. I don’t like the car too much, but what’s good for Trollhattan is (hopefully) good for Saab in the long term.
Email sent to Saab Australia 5 April 2006:
I wrote to you a little while ago asking about a Saab entry into Targa Tasmania but unfortunately haven’t received a reply to that yet. Just wondering if there was anything you could tell me about this. If there is an entry then I’m sure there’ll be a great deal of interest in the enthusiast community and I’d be pleased to help via TrollhattanSaab in any way I can.
Any info appreciated.
Secondly, I’ve had a few people express some interest as to why Hirsch Performance upgrades aren’t (seemingly) available in Australia. I’ve emailed Erik at Hirsch and it turns out they are, but it’s deemed to be too costly (freight etc) to warrant pushing it.
I could understand that from an aftermarket perspective, where parts etc have to be shipped. I guess I’m wondering why these upgrades can’t be offered on new cars and fitted in Europe before they come to Australia. Wouldn’t that be a cost-effective way of offering a performance Saab for enthusiasts? There’s quite likely something that I’m missing here, but I think Aussie Saabists would like to know about it.
Any help/information available on this?