Friday Night Snippets

A group of questions is about to leave my desk, travel through the tubes and hopefully land on the desk of Steve Shannon.

I’ll let you know if and when….


Did you ever think it was uncanny about how specific Peter Gilbert was about the type of oil he used in getting his 900SPG up to a million miles?

Now for the payoff:

Further exemplifying the exceptional performance of its flagship Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil, ExxonMobil is proud to announce that Peter Gilbert of Glendale, Wisconsin, completed an ambitious goal of driving one million miles in his 1989 Saab SPG, with the help of Mobil 1 motor oil.

There’s no mention of what’s changed hands, but I’ll be Peter won’t be paying for oil from now on when he gets his new 9-5 serviced.

More power to ya, Peter.


Looks like this former policewoman (!) could use an Alcokey…

SEATTLE – A former policewoman busted for drunken driving had a blood-alcohol level of 0.47 – six times over the legal limit and the highest ever recorded in Washington State, cops said yesterday.

Deana Jarrett, 54, of the northern Seattle suburb of Woodinville, was arrested April 11 after she rear-ended one car with her 1997 Saab, then rear-ended a second vehicle as she tried to flee the scene of the first accident, the Washington State Patrol said.

As we say here in Australia: Drink. Drive. Bloody Idiot.


This one’s filed under the heading of “What’s good for GM is (probably) good for Saab”

General Motors has achieved record global sales in the first quarter of the year.

Worldwide volumes rose 3 per cent to 2.26 million units compared with vehicle sales of 2.19 million in the same period last year.

The rise of the emerging markets boosted sales significantly for the ailing carmaker.

The Asia/Pacific region saw an increase of over 20 per cent, whereas Latin America, Africa and the Middle East region all grew volumes by 17 per cent.

Results were also helped by GME, the carmaker’s European division, where a new quarterly sale record of 554,000 units was set – equivalent to a 6 per cent increase.

The US market is still important to GM, but is becoming less and less crucial each year, it seems.

Saab did so well, apparently, that they deserved a mention twice:

Several brands recorded new European sales records, including Chevrolet, Saab, Cadillac, Corvette, Hummer and Saab.

And this is despite falling sales in Sweden and the UK in Q1.


Edmunds Inside Line pays tribute to Jay Spenchian upon his move within the hierarchy at GM:

From his perch as general manager of Saab Cars USA and as a marketing director for such Cadillac vehicles as the CTS, SRX and XLR, Jay Spenchian would often criticize GM for reinforcing “the negative,” especially in ad campaigns. He vowed to make Saab into “the brand it deserves to be,” in an interview in June 2005 at the media launch of the 2006 Saab 9-7X.

Spenchian undoubtedly will take that unvarnished approach into his new role as executive director of North America vehicle sales, service and marketing strategy and revenue management. Spenchian’s new job is part of a major reshuffling of top management at Buick and Saab that was announced on Monday.

That’s a little more agressive than how I remember things, but anyway.

Given that they’ve based their story on the Edmunds story, you have to wonder how Autoblog got their version so wrong. They’ve written it up almost like it’s a straight swap between general managers at Buick and Saab, which it definitely isn’t given that Jay will now be working on the entire NA portfolio.

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