Posting is going to be sporadic here and lighter than usual. This is due to some very tight pre-Christmas work deadlines and a new puppy named Charli, who doesn’t seem to care about this website no matter how I try to explain it to her.
Ovolv will be getting a DSG-style gearbox late next year, with a reputed 10% boost in fuel economy to boot.
There has been some talk that the next 9-5 will also have a gearbox of this type, but the latest mail I have on the 9-5 is that it’s not going to rear it’s head until 2009/2010. It looks like Saab will be relying on the updated MY2008 9-3 and the new 9-4x to carry the brand until this time. I haven’t heard anything about a DSG box in these models, but you never know.
Is there some renewed hope for the Saab plant at Trollhattan?
This is from an article at Automotive News Europe:
General Motors Europe has pledged not to outsource production of its Opel, Vauxhall or Saab brands from existing plants until the 2012 model year, the carmaker’s European works council said on Tuesday.
“This commitment from General Motors Europe means we have been able to counter the constant fear that jobs will be shifted from the West to the East,” works council head Klaus Franz said in a statement.
There’s no word if this applies to deals that were already struck, such as the Saabs-being-built-in-Russelsheim deal from last year. I’m about to email Saab and try to find out.
Hopefully we can take it at face value that the 9-3 and 9-5 will continue to be built in Trollhattan for some time.
Andy Rupert has a silent 900 turbo. I seem to recall a silver 900 turbo here in Australia with similar characteristics, though it’d act like it was travelling at warp speed.