Saturday Snippets

There’s a press event on the day after the Saab Festival concludes.

Just saying….


The latest issue of Winding Road e-magazine is available for download now (it’s free).

In this issue, they feature Erik Carlsson, based on a ride taken with him at the Saab 60th Anniversary event in San Diego last month.

Hot off the press, folks. This literally landed in my inbox a minute ago.


Does your car make you sick? If you own a Chevy Aveo or a Scion xB then there’s every chance that the answer is yes……and that’s just from looking at it!

This week published it’s first consumer guide to chemicals in cars. Here’s the best and the worst:


I’ve no idea what those numbers represent. They may be a parts-per-million figure or a relative rating scale. Hard to tell.

Over 200 of the most popular 2006- and 2007-model vehicles in the U.S. were tested for chemicals that off-gas from indoor auto parts such as the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats. These chemicals become part of the air we breathe contributing to “new car smell” and a variety of acute and long-term health concerns.

Given the emphasis on testing chemicals in the interior of the car, it’s interesting that Audi, with their world-renowned interiors rated very close to the danger range for most models.

Saabs were rated as follows:

Saab 9-3 – rated a 1.6, which is OK.

Saab Convertible – rated at 2.0, which is OK.

Saab 9-5 – rated at 1.9, which is OK.

Saab 9-7x – rated at 2.9, which is at the upper end of the OK range.


Speaking of strange smells, Eggs n Grits deals with those new colored-smoke tires from Khumo. And the fragrant tires too – lavender??

Though if there was some rubber that smoked up in Lightning Blue and smelt like herring……


Autoweek has a very short Q&A with Bob Lutz, who should retire soon.

He won’t, but he should.

What is your motto?

Often wrong, but never in doubt.

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  1. Press event… hmmmmm Will it be for the facelift? If so, what is the point of having it after the festival?

    Is the SAAB festival an event lots of journalists are invited to?

  2. I’d say that it is, cj.

    I’m sure some journos will make it to the festival, but if my info is correct the car will just be shown there.

    At press events the journos get all the official info about the car, and usually they take it for a drive, too.

    I’m going to try and hang around for an extra day…..

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