Quick Snippets

www.saabvideos.com has moved into the blogosphere, with video being hosted by Google.

The top story as I write this is a video diary by Ryan of a trip to an airshow in Massechusetts with some great footage of the Saab Performance Team and some jets doing their thing as well.

Well worth a visit.

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An interesting story from Wards Auto, found via Autoblog.

Saturn chief executive Jill Lajdziak told Wards that the brand is “a natural” to bring clean diesel to the US and that they’re looking at it.

I can think of another brand that’s even more of “a natural” given that it’s from a country that has pledged to become oil-independant by 2020. There has GOT to be some scope for bringing the diesel in if Saturn are talking about it.

“We think that’s something we have to look at,” she says. “If we talk about being environmentally friendly, then we’ve got to be open to (diesels).”

I think that pretty much echoes everyone’s thoughts about Saab.

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There’s always some gems in comments. This one’s from Ted and addresses the oft overlooked fact that the Japanese sector isn’t always the all-conquering bastion of technology and sensibility that they’re made out to be. I think Saab could use some film of this in an ad.

The comment was made in the recent review of the used 9-3 Sport Sedan published on this site.

Yeah, the competition is doing a little better as far as number of problems, but the total difference isn’t worth fussing about like Swade indicates, and even the best cars aren’t perfect.

Case in point:

My stepdaughter wouldn’t consider a new 9-3 because of the CR reports, in spite of acknowledging its safety, and always teases me about my love for Saabs. She just bought a new Acura TL and was showing it off to me. It’s a nice looking car with flashy color (toylike) displays (no green). She decided to demonstrate its voice recognition to me. She says loudly and clearly to the car: “Station 22” to change the satellite radio station. A brief pause, and the car replies: “Air conditioning off.”

After a laugh, she says she must not have been enunciated clearly enough. Again: “STATION 22.” The car replies: “Temperature 82 degrees.” More laughing.

I try it with similar results and more laughing. She concludes with “Well, I guess they’re still working out the bugs on that.”

Yeah, go Honda.

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Interesting to see Jalopnik providing coverage of an article appearing in the UK on the Leyland P76, a car they built here in Australia in the early-mid 1970’s before the company fell over.

The Saab interest here? The article was written by occasional commenter and Saab 99 & 900 author, Lance Cole. It’s a good read for the Aussies familiar with the car. My neighbor had one way back when, and Lance has a very good grasp of the Aussie vernacular so it was a good read.

Sorry Lance, couldn’t resist once I saw the link on Jalop.

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3 Comments

  1. I think the main reason for talking about diesel in Saturn is, that in a few years time Saturn will be 100% rebadged Opel-models. And from Opel they get the diesel as a part of the whole package. Also, even I don’t know the U.S market or the U.S consumers, I think it could be easier to introduse diesel in a non-premium brand.

  2. I wonder if the Saturn CEO isn’t negotiating in the press a little bit. After all, Saab’s response to our inquiries was essentially “Can’t do it, it’s too expensive to bring it over” which would apply equally to Saturn.

    Saturn does have economies of scale that Saab doesn’t, though.

    It might be a situation where Saab benefits because the cost of emissions control and certification get spread across both brands, whereas it’d be too expensive to do just for Saab to sell 10,000 diesels a year (or so).

    But GM should know that if Saturn gets the new diesels and Saab doesn’t, the Saab customer base will be **very** unhappy.

  3. Thanks Swade- no probs- although I wrote it for The Independent – so the Belfast Telegraph seems a bit weird.

    Seems my crapiola gets syndicated!

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