Ethanol’s not a big deal in Australia. The bigger car companies are against it primarily due to warranty fears. They figure we’re all pretty dumb and once a cheaper fuel is produced (it could be quite cheap here) everyone will just go for it regardless of whether our car was suited to it or not.
Consequently there’s been a whole big hoo-haa about whether or not we could even introduce E10 to the market place.
The Australian government, feeling the pinch over rising fuel prices and wanting to be seen to do something, announced that it would throw some cash around and encourage motorists to explore alternative fuel options. The big announcement was a $2,000 subsidy for people converting their old cars to liquified petroleum gas (LPG). But there was also a range of grants offering up to $10,000 for fuel stations to introduce an E10 pump.
It’s a beginning.
And Autoblog Green have a story about the fact that Australia is producing flex fuel cars already, but they’re all for export only.
Makes me think: if the upgrade to Biopower is so inexpensive (fuel lines, tank linings etc) then why not make all Saabs Biopower capable? They can still run on gasoline as normal but Biopower where it’s available. An all-turbo, all-Biopower lineup. It may just be posturing, but posturing can be important sometimes.
Talk about cheap content…
M-Live’s Jim Miller takes a swipe at Saab’s BFJ ad on the 9-7x, saying that whilst the take on Saab’s heritage is fair enough, it’s out of line with the 9-7x as Saab didn’t really have anything to do with it.
Whilst that’s fair to a point, it does ignore all the work Saab did in re-tuning the vehicle, which has won a fair bit of acclaim amongst those that have driven it. Shall we mention the partial exterior redesign and the comprehensive overhaul of the driving environment?
Miller then cements his ignorance with the following:
Saab should have kept the “Born from Jets” line for one of its more sporty cars – one that has a little more actual Saab heritage.
He’s obviously been out in the kitchen heating up some Pop Tarts whilst the ads for the 9-3 and 9-5 range have been on the telly.
And speaking of the 9-5, is there any better bargain on the US second-hand market than a 9-5 Aero?
Chmeeee over at VWVortex concurs:
I am now the proud owner of a 2002 9-5 Aero, 68,000 miles, and still covered by a Saab Certified used warranty (purchased certified by the previous owner). The torque in this thing is unbelievable. Step on it in 5th gear at 70 miles per hour and you are in felony territory before you have time to think. Its a great highway cruiser, which is important to me as I drive CT to NH and back almost every weekend. The handling is as good as you could expect from a mid-size front driver, and on top of it all, I can pull off 33 mpg with the cruise on 80.
I drove a 2003 9-5 Aero a few months ago and it was an absolute killer. And at around A$35,000 an absolute bargain to boot.
After all the bashing Saab has had for the 9-2x and the 9-7x, it’s nice to see another GM brand copping the treatment with Saab enjoying the spoils….
What, then, makes this a Cadillac? As far as I can make out, it’s the badge. And they’re probably thinking of changing that too. I’d stick with the Saab if I were you.