If you’re into this sort of thing (and really, only if you’re into it), there’s a short article at Electronics Weekly that’s full of jargon about how the headlights on the Saab Aero-X are actually a type of breakthrough in the field.
Breakthrough or not, I’m happy to just sit around thinking "Man, they look hot".
Proceed with caution, this is an electronics-geek warning. This link may be written in English, but it’s speaking another language as far as I’m concerned. You have been warned.
UPDATE: 1985Gripen breaks it down into plain English in comments
Forbes, those list-loving moneygrabbers, have just published a list of the safest cars on the US market. The criteria is fairly tough, evident in the fact that only four cars have made the list (though there were restrictions on the number of cars that could make the list, which they explain at the link). In short, they’re looking for….
….Consumer Reports’ highest rating for accident avoidance, as well as perfect crash-test scores across the board from either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
And the winners are…..
The Acura RL (that’s a Honda Accord Euro for us Aussies)
The Honda Civic, which is apparently selling like hotcakes over there.
The Saab 9-3, Forbes’ favourite in the Saab stable (a favourite of many others too)
The Volvo S80, which I consider to be as ugly as a bashed crab.
Test mules are everywhere.
Over the weekend I published a photo from iSaab that looked like a test mule 9-3 to me, possibly testing engine emissions (Biopower?) with a car body that looked stragely like a hatch at the back.
Today I’ve received an email from Holland, en edited version of which is reproduced below. I’m not sure if this is a new safety feature or just test equipment, but the report is interesting nonetheless. No photos unfortunately as cameras weren’t allowed.
I’ve withheld the author’s name as I’d like him to be able to continue attending such events.
I went to the RDW testtrack nearby Lelystad airport in Holland. I saw there several Saabs (and Scanias) testing (Also a Dacia but that’s a other story).There were on the parking [lot] two 9-5 estates and one 9-3 estate, all new with Swedish numberplates.On the testtrack three 9-3ss appeared; Two "complete" 9-3 SS performing braketests and some highspeed testing and one 9-3 SS without a front, with cables and stuff wired from the front-end of the car to the back.– The frontlights were newstyle 9-5-ish, from the side view in a distance,– Rearlights were completely red coloured,– In the front bumpersides, next to the wheels, orange flashlights(?),– They were braketesting; when they made a emergancy stops, the flashlights and the brakelights started flickering…like a blacklight. Interesting new safety feature, you’ll sure notice that on the highway, in case of heavy braking.