Mercedes, Audi, BMW and VW will be bringing it.
GM (i.e. Saab), Ford and Toyota won’t.
It seems the big Europeans have their head around diesel technology well enough to bring it to the US for all 50 states in the near future whereas the supposed big three have been too busy doing other things.
This post extends from an Autoblog story confirming that Ford won’t be bringing any diesel into the US market any time soon. One could use it to salve the wound over Saab missing out on this due to GM dropping the ball, but at the end of the day you have to acknowledge that the had plenty of time to plan for this and the simple fact is that they’re going to miss out on an important, growing market sector.
GM are hunting down Proton, the little Malaysian carmaker with a gem in it’s vault.
Proton own Lotus, and one could only imagine how much better a Saab 9-1 could be with some Lotus tuned suspension.
Apparently the Malaysian government (Proton’s owners) are more partial to VW or Peugeot/Citroen buying it, but GM’s sheer size may give them an inside running (though it’s fair to say VW ain’t no mere mouse in the marketplace either).
The European Union has set out a new energy policy and hopes to produce some binding targets for member states. One such target is getting 10% of all vehicle fuel to be a ‘biofuel’.
Saab have a good head start as they’re one of the first out of the gate with BioPower. I don’t think it’d be too hard for other companies to get E85 compliant though, so I guess the challenge for Saab is to leverage their head start and get themselves known in the market as the E85 car company of choice.
That’s going to mean a BioPower 9-3 and HEAPS of marketing dollars.
They should do the same thing with turbocharging IMHO. I think every Saab ad should have a reference to turbocharging somewhere, but that’s just me.
I’m not quite sure what to make of this, but my first impression is “Noooooooooooooo”
It’s for sale in Sweden and from what I can gather (the ad’s in Swedish) it’s a 1980 Saab 99 with a ’72 or earlier front end grafted on, with 9-3 Aero wheels, Recaro seats and a T16 engine shoehorned in.
It’s quite obvious from the photo that there’s been a heck of a lot of work go into this, but something just doesn’t seem right about that combination to me.