Gotta be quick: D-Wade and the Miami Heat are taking on Dallas in game 1 of the NBA Finals in about an hour.
Saab, under pressure to perform given criticism of GM’s broad range of brands, continued a good run this year, with Europe sales in May alone up more than a third to 8,842 units. That brought five-month sales growth to 24.3 percent.
Now, if the US can pick up their game……
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review the 2006 9-5:
….the gauge you’ll want to watch is the one related to the turbocharger. That’s the hot spot! This car tears off like a scalded cat when the turbocharger is engaged and that needle begins to dance…..
…..There’s certainly no mistaking this car for anything else. It draws heavily on Saab heritage styling cues, and the tri-color interior, one of the best I’ve seen in a while, practically shouts “Saab” if you’re at all familiar with the brand.
That is one of the strengths of the 9-5. While several other Saab models draw upon other GM-owned or controlled brands for their existence, the 9-5 is still made in Trollhattan, Sweden, and is a Saab through and through. That is important for those Saab-ites who care about purity — and there are many of them……
No mention at all of Dame Edna.
Thanks to Mitchell for this link to GlobeAuto and their interview with Jan-Ake Jonsson:
JAJ on unveiling the Aero-X:
“I can tell you that in Geneva, Ferrari didn’t like it all,” says Jonsson, smiling.
JAJ on the five-point-plan:
Improve all the current models;
Introduce a new crossover utility vehicle;
Launch all-new versions of the two core models, the 9-3 and 9-5;
Update all Saab’s power train offerings, with an eye to introducing biofuel Saabs in Canada and the United States. (Biofuel Saabs are already offered in a limited way in Sweden. The 9-5 BioPower Enviro Car represents 73 per cent of 9-5 sales in Sweden.);
Launch a new model below the 9-3, one to compete with premium hatchbacks like the Audi A3 and the coming Volvo C30.
And finally, JAJ shares my dislike for the Q-word. I think we’re on the right track here….
“It’s good to be unique, not so good to be quirky. We’re not about quirkiness, but uniqueness,” says Jonsson.
Definitely a worthwhile read.