I can’t wait to photograph and show you all the bit of Saab memorabilia I received just 10 minutes ago. Absolutely fantastic!
Uk’s Channel 4 Car section are covering the 9-3 redevelopment story. They’re even saying that testers have been seen out and about, which is news to me.
Swedes, especially those in the vicinity of Trollhattan, please consider carrying your camera around at all times….
Tim S, who owns a very nice black Viggen that’ll be shown here shortly, has alerted me to a Discovery Channel series that’s coming up soon. It’s called “Future Car” and whilst the website doesn’t give anything away, Tim says that he caught a glimpse of the Aero-X in the advertising.
The series will feature four parts:
There’s at least three potential spots for the Aero-X in there.
The series begins on February 7 but it would be wholly unethical for me to encourage anyone with the technology and know how to do that whole illegal downloading-and-posting-on-YouTube thing.
Eeek! A Loch Ness Saab?!
Whilst future production in Trollhattan is always under a cloud of doubt, Saab’s engineers are in high demand. This translated from Nyteknik (in Swedish):
Saab has the responsibility for development of turbocharged ethanol engines for GM. A mission that has become so much hotter due to President Bush’s recent State of the Union speech.
“There is a strong pressure on us to quickly develop new ethanol engines for GM in the U.S. There is a lot of tuning work to do, and also the fact the the specification for E85 differs between Sweden and the U.S. But we are working on it,” says Kjell AC Bergström, CEO of Saab Automobile Powertrain AB.
Saab is strong on turbo, that where the potential is.
The ethanol engines in US don’t have turbo, so they don’t use the full potential of E85. Which models that Saab currently is working on he won’t tell. The engineers at Saab in Trollhättan are highly sought-after inside GM.
“As an example, the hybrid projects [at GM] in the U.S. are totally dependent on the Swedish engineers,” says Kjell AC Bergström.
Thanks to Tobias and CTM for the translations!
Whilst it’s still January where many of you folks are, it’s now February here in Australia. That means it’s sales data time!
Coming off a record year, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Saab in 2007. I’ll definitely be keeping stats for the US, UK, Swedish and Australian markets, with the possibility of also monitoring Germany and other European markets if I can note some solid, reliable feeds.
Anyone willing to get stats for those markets would find themselves warmly thought of from afar 😉
In the interests of transperancy and letting GM and Saab know that it’s worth embracing the Saablogosphere, I’m also going to publish my own monthly stats.
When I last forwarded some stats to Saab’s reps in various countries (late October 2006), Trollhattan Saab was averaging just over 60% of what it has for January 2007. I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet here, not just for the sake of it anyway. I just want Saab to understand the potential of embracing a medium like this.
Click to enlarge. These are fairly basic stats and should be self explanatory.