This is in no way Saab-specific, but it’s post-worthy nonetheless.
As long as his lutz-ness is in charge of global vehicle development or whatever it is he does whilst not swallowing his own foot, his job has the potential to impact Saab.
This interview was conducted at the New York Auto Show and it discusses, primarily, the Chevy Volt concept car. Lutz talks about the battery issue and later lets slip that there’ll be another E-Flex concept in Frankfurt later this year.
The interesting thing is that it’ll use another brand rather than Chevy. more specifically, it’ll use one of GM’s European brands and will feature a Biodiesel backup engine to recharge the batteries that drive the car. This is the “flex” part of the E-Flex system, the use of alternative fuels.
Will it be Saab? I don’t tend to think so. Neither does 1985 Gripen, who gave me the heads up on this.
I’m guessing Opel’s going to get this. The reason being is it appears GM is making Saturn out to be the “green” arm of GM in the U.S. with their “Green Line” series of hybrid automobiles. The first plug-in hybrid in the U.S. will be a Saturn. Saturn is becoming the American distribution arm of Opel. Already I think most Saturns are rebadged Opels. I think I read Vauxhalls are already basically rebadged Opels as well. Therefore I’m betting that Opel gets this diesel E-Flex concept in Europe.
Makes some sense to me.
Anyway, here’s the vid. Take it for what it is.