Sunday Morning Snippets

It’s nice to see the entire Saab range get an appreciative writeup in My San Antonio.

There’s one or two bits of slight misinformation in there, but overall it’s some good coverage for a brand that could always do with some more.

For $26,915, including freight, you can get the entry model, which is the 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan. This one comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque.

The horsepower figure is misleading, though. I’ve driven this car, and it seems to have much more power than that. When the turbocharger kicks in, this car really moves, and it’s a blast to drive.

That’s not the first press report I’ve read to favour the Linear in the value-for-money dept. Give me some more power any day, but I’m all for people liking whichever Saab they choose.

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Autoblog are now covering those Car Magazine 9-5 images from a few days ago.

Some interesting comments there, too. Like this doozy:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m quite certain the 9-5 is a direct evolution of the old 900 that first saw the light of day in 1984 or 1985.

You’re wrong!

Hey, he asked for it.

I don’t always get my Saab ID’s correct (my mistaking a 96 Saab sport for a 93 the other day is evidence of that). This one’s on a whole other level though.

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Notes from Comments:

– Brian lets us know that Saab Canada raised it’s October 2005 sales by 207% in 2006. Sales in Canada are up 23% over the whole year.

– ctm let us know that worldwide, Saab were up 16% in October with 9,712 vehicles sold. They’re up 7% for the year so far.

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An interesting thing I noted this evening.

You may remember that a few days ago I posted a story where in the future, Saabs may be sold in Australian showrooms coupled with Hummer and Cadillac.

It was therefore interesting to note that Holden’s latest special edition Commodores being advertised here in Australia are the Commodore V-series.

Doesn’t Cadillac have a thing for the “V” nomenclature? I think Holden/GM are prepping the public for the imminent arrival of some uglymobiles.

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I’m pretty sure my in-car camera mount is going to turn out to be a stunning success. I got through most of the build today. We should hopefully have some Viggen footage soon.

For those that are interested, I based my mount on this one. I’ve modified it a little though so that I can attach it to the passeger seat and get out-of-car footage as well.

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Speaking of in-car images, how good is this one?

From Flickr.

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6 Comments

  1. I read the Autoblog article and comments about the 9-5. I have to read Autoblog comments nowadays with my hands tied behind my back so I don’t respond impulsively to the idiot adolescent remarks I see there. A mild example:
    #6 “SAAB is going down as fast as a Sweedish jet hit by a US made missile”
    If they could just spell, it wouldn’t be quite so bad.
    It was good to see corrections though about the 9-5 heredity. I’ve found that, by the time I get my hands untied, someone has usually already corrected the most offensive commenters.

  2. Good article, but the My San Antonio article got one thing wrong:
    “Moving up to the Aero model, with its V-6 engine, brings a list price of $33,220, including freight. This is a normally aspirated engine meaning no turbocharger that offers 250 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque.”
    We all know it’s turbocharged–double checked the website to make sure.

  3. Hey, speaking of turbocharging on the 2006 9-3 Aero, the Flickr pick reminded me of my dash the night I tried a 6th-to-3rd downshift and accelerator mash passing manuever. Almost “went plaid” (in reference to Spaceballs the movie). Definitely not a “normally aspirated” GM V6 upfront. 😉

  4. Ted,

    I wrote to the My SA guy respectfully suggesting he correct that one about the V6, as well as the one about the convertible starting life as a hardtop, which I’m pretty sure isn’t true either.

    It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a response.

    All up it was a good feature piece though. nice to see some good press.

  5. Naturally (and sadly?) the 9-5 is NOT a direct evolution of the old 900, but they DO share components.

    The most visible and charming is of course the side indicator lamp that has been used on all Saabs from the old 900 through to the 9-3!

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