Apologies to those that may have wasted some bandwidth checking this site over the weekend. In addition to all the regular goings-on at our place (with a Mother’s Day bonus) I spent all of my blog-time getting Alfablogger back up and running again. It’s back now, looking a little better, though I lost a lot of my initial content and am having to start again from scratch.
This site will most likely migrate to a new server here in Australia as of Tuesday afternoon (my time). I’m hoping for a smooth transition, but reserve the right to acknowledge Murphy’s Law at any given point. Fingers crossed.
There’s kids starving all over the world, yet European Car Web magazine thought it was OK to get a Saab 9-2x Aero and then blow another $28,000 on modifications. They’ve finally finished their project car and after modifying the living daylights out of it, they’ve returned it to stock condition. The entire series is available here.
That’s around $25,000 worth of 9-2x Aero (depending on the incentive you got) plus another $28,000 in modifications. $53,000 worth of 9-2x. Go figure. To my mind, that kind of 9-2x doesn’t exist. And the number of other desirables for that kind of money (we’re talking US dollars) makes up a rather long list.
A Trollhattan warning: If you have this much money to spend and if you spend it in this manner then please seek an appointment with a respected financial counselor – asap.
The Boston Herald lend further proof that the Saab 9-7x wasn’t made primarily to satisfy the needs of current Saab owners:
Inside, the 9-7x’s Saab heritage is even more obvious.
Anyone who’s ever been in a Saab for any length of time (and enjoyed it) will feel right at home in the 9-7x.
The fact that the 9-7x has very little, if any, Saab heritage is not the point. It’s fact that the journo and many other punters like him might think that it does – that’s what matters.
The 9-7x is becoming a success for Saab USA because it was properly developed and executed. It may not be completely kosher for us traditionalists, but money in the bank is money in the bank, and every little bit of it helps to ensure Saab’s future.
Don’t tell anyone, but apparently the Aero-X really is just a concept car and doesn’t have the 100% biopower engine that the computer projections are based on…..
Under the hood is an old V-6 to move it from place to place. When we finally got the Aero-X started (with jumper cables), it sounded like a truck and creaked around the airfield like Aunt Mary with arthritis.
Ah, but it looks soooo good.
Yes, it does.
More talk about Ford and the plug-in hybrid at Autoblog.
Meanwhile, Rick Wagoner will be lobbying Dubya for some help in expanding the e85 distribution system. GM plans on focusing more and more on alternate fuels rather than hybrids as their answer to rising fuel prices.
At face value, I’ve really got to question the wisdom of this in the US market. Unless they come up with a major advance for making ethanol cheaper and more efficiently, I can’t help but think there’s going to be some massive hurdles.
I’m all for the Biopower Saabs coming to the US market, but I still question the wisdom of doing this at the expense of a diesel product, whose market will expand and gain acceptance at a much quicker rate (in my estimation at least).