Monday Morning Quick Snippets

At lunchtime today I’ll be enquiring about airfares to Sweden in June. I’ll never know if I can make it there without knowing exactly how much it’ll cost.

As enticing as it is to wait a few extra months, save some more dollars and have a more comfortable trip to Michigan in August, I’ve got to admit that I’d happily sit in the cargo hold of a Chinese chicken freighter and sleep under the stars in order to see the 60th Anniversary Saab Festival in Saab’s home town.

Negotiation with the Finance Minister at home are prgressing well, so it’s time to price some airfares.

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Robert C’s sent me a review of the new Vauxhall Vectra VXR Wagon and it certainly makes for some interesting reading. Why?

Besides the riddle of why they use the phrase “this latest flagship Vectra is every company car driver’s dream” and only giving it three stars out of five, there’s also the commonality between the Vectra and the Saab 9-3 range.

This Vectra’s 2.8V6 now outpaces the 9-3 Aero with 276bhp and a 0-100 time of 6.3 seconds. For those of you that might still be questioning whether there’ll be a new, boosted 9-3 in 2008 – how long do you think Saab should put up with a ‘lesser’ GM stablemate outpacing it with the same engine and chassis?

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I can’t say it clearer than this: all those sketches and cgi’s of 9-5s and 9-1s etc are not from Saab and may bear no resemblance to what we end up seeing from Saab.

I’ve just got to cover my own butt for when new models finally do come and look substantially different from those Teknikens Varld images.

I like imagining the future as much as the next Saab enthusiast, but I think some of these publications are touting their images to be more than what they really are.

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I ran a brief article over the weekend on a Bilsport poll to see which car voters thought James Bond should be driving in his next film(s). At the time of posting that article, the Saab Aero-X was in a solid 2nd place and there was no way, with minimal promotion, that I expected the Aero-X to overtake the sentimental favourite, the Aston Martin DBS.

But, as noted by Brendan in comments, it did. The latest voting:

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I haven’t looked around, but I imagine this must have been posted on some of the UK or Swedish forums as well. Anyone have any info on this?

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There’s been a lot of love for the original 9-3 this month, but none so far for the NG900.

I think I’ve only ever had one NG900 in the SOTW section of this site too. There’s got to be more appreciation for the NG900 than this out there in Saabland.

PT – time to get snappin!

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Swade, I hope the flights are not too bad. I looked on line here for me and at the mo, on certain days, it £5.00 each way plus taxes. cheap I know but it’s a Saab festival and I want to turn up in a Saab and not a VW Fox this time so I’m going to drive. Hope to see you there. Robin.

  2. Swade, I’ll do my best. Saw the little silver bullet in a very photogenic light/location recently but didn’t have a camera. Perhaps I should go for a road trip with Richo to Mount White for a hamburger next weekend?

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