Any excuse to show the best damn tail lamps EVER one more time….
I’m a little surprised, but pleasantly so, to see the Saab BioPower100 concept receiving the widespread coverage that it is. The car will be making it’s debut at Geneva next month but automotive websites all over the US and elsewhere have been covering it.
So what’s the point of linking up all these?
Saab USA debuted a BioPower concept at an American Auto Show last year that was reasonably similar. It was a BioPower Beast producing pretty decent numbers but was, when the rubber hit the road, just a 9-5 on the stand with the word BioPower written accross it. I don’t seem to recall this same level of coverage for that car.
With the exception of the coolest tail lamps EVER and some other nice styling changes, this show car will be a pretty similar affair. A 9-5 up on a stand.
So where’s the difference?
Well, I don’t want to downplay the importance of the E100 drivetrain. This is a significant development but one that’s mostly conceptual in its importance. To put it clearly – it’s great, but on a practical level most people have trouble getting E85, let alone E100.
I think the main factor at play here, the main reason why Saab’s getting a lot more coverage on this Concept vehicle, is the Aero-X.
The Aero-X put Saab on the map again at Geneva last year. Add to it a record sales year in 2006 and all of a sudden Saab seems a bit more relevant again. A bit more worthy of a mention in some of these publications.
Saab have been undervalued and underestimated for quite a while now and it’s great to see them getting a little more of the kudos they deserve.