When I first read TTAC’s Jonny Lieberman tout the virtues of the “10 and 2” position for steering wheel grippage, I came to understand that a lot of motoring writers know less about cars and driving than they’d have us believe.
My own efforts with the Saab 9-3 diesel 10 days ago should also be fair warning that just because I publish a blog about Saabs doesn’t mean that I can drive like Swede Team Motor.
So it’s encouraging to see Autoblog put their money where their right foot is, and enrol in a high performance driving school. This is a series that I’m looking forward to.
Andy Rupert recently removed the headlining of his C900.
Tangent: should Saab have made ‘replace roof lining’ a service item at the 150,000km service interval? Me thinks ‘yes’.
Back to the story: Upon removing the roof lining he found some factory documentation. Cool.
Unfortunately it’s most likely some build documents pertaining to his car rather than secret plans for the 2008 Sonett. But a cool souvenir nonetheless.
Some more Cadillac bitchin’
Lance reports via comments that Caddy in the UK are offering some deep discounts on their Saabillac, pricing them at GBP14,995. This is around 5,000 quid less than the usual base price of the BLS and about 3,000 quid less that your base Saab 1.8i 9-3.
But I’m sure this is not hurting Saab at all. As a matter of fact it’s good for GM as a whole so we should be thankful.
And in a separate story, CAR magazine have done a ‘first drive’ of the Cadillac Escalade.
This is, literally, the best thing they had to say:
Think of the giant Caddy as the ultimate niche model.
And these are the less complimentary comments:
Driving the ‘Slade is like shepherding a vast and unwieldy blancmange. Body control is all but none existent, with nausea-inducing levels of pitch and roll, and you could sue the suspension under the Trade Descriptions Act….
…The steering wheel and front axle barely acknowledge each other’s existence…
…The Escalade may be big on the outside, but its interior packaging verges on the ludicrous…
…ungainly, gauche, heavy-handed and poorly proportioned…
…to look at, to sit in and to drive, it disappoints in every single area
Again – the money going into promoting Cadillac in Europe is money that could be developing Saab.
Keep Caddys in America where people want them and let GME develop Saab into the premium marque it could be.