The results of the recent poll are complete enough to publish here. Primarily, US visitors (as it’s concerned with their market) were asked whether they’d prefer OnStar, Bluetooth or a combination of the two. The problem being that custoers in the US market can’t get Bluetooth if they’ve got OnStar.
The results of the poll are pretty self-explanatory:
Whilst a fair number would love a solution that includes both technologies, the prime interest seems to be the need to offer the technology that’s more of an everyday need in most people’s lives – and that would be bluetooth.
OnStar provides a bunch of important services, but i think people are resenting having to have them bundled together, especially at the exclusion of other items.
As far as I’m aware, I’ve never had any readers here identify themselves as coming from Mississippi, and it’d seem that I’m not likely to have any new Saab owners do so any time soon:
Mississippi’s only Saab dealership closed Tuesday with little warning for customers who likely will have difficulty getting their cars serviced elsewhere.
Ted Enstrom, general manager of Clements Cadillac Saab in Ridgeland, said he regrets the inconvenience but it was a business decision to drop the slow-selling line.
“We’re concentrating more on the Cadillac line and on Cadillac-certified pre-owned (vehicles). Really, with our space here, we’re just too cramped,” he said.
And this is quite interesting. I didn’t realise this was the case….
Enstrom said it’s also been a difficult brand for dealers.
“We have to have two different computer systems – one for Saab, one for Cadillac. Saab’s hasn’t been integrated into the rest of General Motors’ system. That’s supposed to happen by the end of the year,” he said.
Maintaining separate systems costs dealers money, as does training mechanics. Enstrom said he doesn’t stock many Saab parts because sales are so low.
The full article appears in the Clarion Ledger and it’s a very interesting read. A sad indictment, to be sure.
Auto Express writer Mike Rutherford on new diesels:
I’ve just driven the new Bluemotion versions of the Volkswagen Passat and Polo in Berlin, and they are both quite brilliant, returning an official average of nearly 60 mpg and over 70 mpg respectively. What’s more, the Polo – now the world’s most fuel-efficient mainstream car – embarrasses Japanese petrol-electric hybrids by making them look comparatively thirsty, filthy and expensive.
It’s a shame they won’t be coming stateside:
The real challenge is, and I think diesel will be important to us going forward, the real challenge is is how much penetration will you see with the diesel engines and the challenge is as we meet these emission requirements we’re adding even more cost to a very costly engine. You have to remember that even in Europe today a diesel engine probably costs about twice the cost of a gasoline engine and then we’re adding even more cost as we go with more sophisticated after-treatment systems. So while some people may say the challenge is emissions, the real challenge is is what is the cost of this propulsion system when you meet all of the requirements?
That’s GM powertrain guy, Dr Gary Smyth in an interview with AutoblogGreen. I think ABG could have done him favour and edited the transcript.
Anyway, the point is – GM can whine all they like about 50-states emissions etc etc….but other companies are going to do it, and they’re going to benefit from doing it first.