There’s accessories….and then there’s accessories.
Saab UK are now marketing a scarf for convertible owners – female ones according to the pictures. The scarf was designed by Osman Yousefzada, an Afghani designer and is being sold for 150 quid, though the first 50 will be given away to convertible purchasers.
The Mathaba News makes an interesting point:
There seems to be some strange correlation between Scandinavian cars and religion. Volvo used to be the car of choice for Orthodox Jews, apparently because it had enough headroom to allow them keeping their hats on. Is Saab trying to become the car driven by upper class Muslims? In their latest advertising they feature a woman driving a convertible clad in a headscarf, or Chlamys, designed by city banker turned fashion designer Osman Yousefzada. The outfit wouldn’t pass the test of Muslim orthodoxy since it leaves the chest bare whilst covering the head, but it presents as an attractive item of clothing the very piece of cloth liberal secularists are usually obsessed with and frightened of…..
…..Makes you wonder, will the French ban Swedish car imports next?
GM is about to launch it’s end-of-year Red Tag Sale.
Unfortunately for the US Hat of Saabists (I’ll use that collective noun until another is voted on), Saab vehicles aren’t part of the Red Tag event.
Jan-Ake Jonsson in The Independant, appearing at the launch of the 2.3 Biopower engine in the United Kingdom:
The managing director of Saab Automobile, Jan-Ake Jonsson, has given a clear indication that his troubled company is secure in the General Motors group with a “dramatic improvement” in its financial position over the past 12 months. This has been underpinned by a 6 per cent increase in global unit sales in the year to date over the same period in 2005…..
…..Regarding the Saab brand and the Swedish plant at Trollhättan, Mr Jonsson added: “I can only say we fit in very nicely into the GM brands portfolio. So we have a solid position in fulfilling that. Swedishness is core to our brand because it presents certain values, in safety, design and alternative fuels…..
…..extra volume could be gained via a smaller car, based on the Vauxhall/Opel Astra.
Looking at the recently launched Volvo C30, a premium compact hatch, Mr Jonsson said that kind of car was “in their plans”, though they were still “assessing exactly what kind of car” it would be.
I like Jan-Ake. I’d like to buy him a steak one day,
I wonder what he thinks the collective noun for a group of Saab enthusiasts should be.