Whilst a number of markets are gearing up for the release of the 9-3 BioPower onto their sales floors, CAR Magazine asks if we’re almost on the verge of a VHS/Betamax type showdown.
It’s not quite that divisive as there’s three major green products out there (diesel, hybrid and E85) but from the floor of the Geneva Motor Show, CAR was in no doubt that green is the new black as all major companies were out to show the credentials.
E85 is the fastest growing alternative fuel out there. Here’s hoping for Saab’s sake that it continues both its growth and its development.
Saab Australia got some good coverage from CarsGuide earlier in the week. This is quite possibly the exact type of article they were looking for by bringing the BioPower range here to Australia.
It covers the issues facing BioPower here (lack of availabiity and concern over green credentials given the inputs) but over all it sees ethanol as a good contributor and quite definitely a debate worth having.
And the article has Saab plastered all over it.
A ‘green’ rating scheme is expected to be implemented by many European countries in the near future. There’s several already using it and Switzerland is promoting it during the Geneva Motor Show.
It rates vehicles from an ‘A’ to a ‘G’, depending on the environmental impact of the vehicle. It’ll therefore allow a readymade comparable guide for consumers to judge their potential purchases. As many countries tax vehicles based on emissions, it’s forecasted to be a big thing for car companies to impress consumers by showing their green-ness.
This will have good and not-so-good implcations for Saab. According to the article, the “Biodiesel” 9-3 SportCombi (their description, not mine) earns an ‘A’, whilst the regular gasoline powered equivalent gets a ‘G’ – and that ain’t ‘G’ for ‘Green’.