It’s the start of a new month, and you know what that means….
Yep, it’s sales reporting season once again. Last year there were 3,174 Saab sales in the US and 2,244 in the UK during April. It’ll be interesting to see if the strong start to 2006 continues in both major markets, as well as elsewhere around the world.
Target: 160,000 worldwide for 2006.
Autoblog are reporting on an award to be decided in June this year for the best concept vehicles of 2006. I guess that’s 2005/2006.
Anyway, the Aero-X is amongst the semi-finalists. I can’t see a win coming for this award though, as it’s an American award and the Aero-X is up against both the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. It’s gathered a few votes in Autoblog’s comments, but the majority are for the sentimental favourites.
The award is being made by the South East Automotive Media Organisation, whoever they are.
I’ve been looking for the regulations to see if the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan would qualify for the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Engine size is about right, but I’m unsure about the use of turbocharging.
They do have a diesel competition as well – surely the 9-3 SS diesel could be competitive in this.
I’m following a few privateers around the Swedish curcuit this year, but something like the WTCC would have to be a plausible option for a sporting car company, wouldn’t it? Currently there’s only 4 manufacturers in the entire competition (Alfa, Seat, BMW and Chevrolet).
Racing = Good
There’s been a few very cautious (read as: negative) articles about ethanol recently. I’ll cover them very soon in reference to Saab’s recent decision against bringing diesel models to the US market.
Links via 1985Gripen and Autoblog Green – cheers!
Another TS milestone – tomorrow will mark the 1 year anniversary of this site going on to it’s own domain. For the first few months of it’s life, it was a subdomain of my personal blog. So www.trollhattansaab.net, as an address, is 1 year old. Now if I could only get it toilet trained……