Swedish News Snippets

Thanks to ctm, we have all of the following news snippets. Lucky for me, as I’m still struggling to get my head straight from the trip.


Saab 9-3 writeups are popping up everywhere in the Swedish press. Here’s a list of links that you can check out at your leisure:


Teknikens Varld

Auto Motor and Sport

Vi Bilagare



Expressen have even posted a rating, giving it 22 out of 25, though it’s not a comprehensive review.


Swedish car buyers get a reasonable discount for purchasing an environmentally friendly vehicle and Saab’s BioPower fleet is leading Swedish (and European) sales in this department.

There’s a new debate beginning in Sweden, however, as many of the cars that attract this discount and the associated operating concessions such as free parking in the city and exemption from Stockholm’s congestion charges, are considered to be unsafe. The theory is that the incentives are leading people to purchase unsafe vehicles that they may not otherwise consider.

From The Local:

“Green subsidies are good, but they should be focused on those cars that fulfill road safety requirements. That’s at least what we place most highly. We wanted to point out that a number of the green cars do not gain the highest marks in crash tests and ESP and such like. We therefore think that the green subsidies should be changes so that they only cover those cars that meet the requirements.”

The cars attracting the green subsidies and considered safe are:

Citroën C4 Hdi 110 hk FAP SX
Ford Focus 1.8 Flexifuel Ambiente
Mercedes-Benz E200 NGT
Mini Cooper D
Opel Zafira 1.6 CNG
Saab 9-3 BioPower Cabriolet 1.8t
Saab 9-3 BioPower Sport Combi 1.8t Linear
Saab 9-3 BioPower Sport Sedan 1.8t Linear
Saab 9-5 BioPower Sport Combi 2.3t Linear
Saab 9-5 BioPower 2.0t Linear
Saab 9-5 BioPower 2.3t Linear
Saab 9-5 BioPower Sport Combi 2.0t Linear
Toyota Prius HSD
VW Touran 2.0 Eco Bifuel
Volvo C30 1.8F Flexifuel
Volvo S40 1.8F Flexifuel
Volvo S60 2.4 Bi-Fuel CNG
Volvo V50 1.8F Flexifuel
Volvo V70 2.4 Bi-Fuel CNG

The cars currently attracting the green subsidies that are considered UNSAFE are:

Audi A3 1.9 TDI E-Power
Citroën C1 X
Citroën C3 CNG
Citroën C3 Hdi 110hk FAP
Fiat Multipla
Fiat Punto BiPower
Ford Focus C-MAX Bifuel
Ford Focus C-MAX Flexifuel
KIA Picanto ECO
Peugeot 107 1.0 man
Renault Kangoo Bifuel
Smart Fortwo Cabrio
Smart Fortwo Coupé
Smart Fortwo Coupé BR451
Smart Fortwo Coupé Pure CDI
Toyota Aygo
VW Polo BlueMotion
VW Polo Comfortline Master

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  1. I am a little surprised to see that the Audi A3 is considered “unsafe”.

    Now if only I could get a BioPower Saab here in the US… Someone decided to build an E85 station really close to my house….

  2. “no mention of any blond co-drivers in Swade’s reports!”
    Shame, shame, and he had the nerve to make fun of me for a few Heather Locklear comments! Ha!

  3. Kaz,
    It was too much to translate. Figure you better learn Swedish instead… 😉

    Basically, not one negative word in any of them. Lot’s of interest in and positive words about the turbo diesel and the XWD.

  4. tut tut, what WILL Mrs Swade say? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I love that Cerulean Blue colour 🙂

    I forgot to ask which engine they gave you in that car Swade? Was it the V6? Or one of the four cylinders?

  5. jchan2, Audi’s ‘unsafety’ is most likely due to its lack of active head restraints. Even other German prestige brands have been critisized for their less than prefect whiplash prevention. (not by German media or authorities, though…)

  6. This whole “unsafe” thing sounds like a typical Swedish syndrome.

    Swedes (yes, I am one of them) are fantastic at discouraging extremes in any direction. If something seem really good, there must be something wrong with it.

    But Swedes go further. Now we must watch out for (and perhaps regulate) those environmentally friendly cars that are less than perfect. And god forbid there should be an unfair advantage for anyone. Can’t be anything but “lagom”.

    I’m all for protecting the consumer, but there is such a thing as taking it too far.

  7. BTW I can’t believe it when, as in the Expressen article, the 9-3 is compared to the Volvo S40/V50. The Volvo is a much smaller car, and the trunk/boot isn’t even close. I did a comparative spreadsheet of various models in this class. The 9-3 is quite close to the S60, and the 9-3 trunk/boot is even a touch larger.

    Yes I know it says “comparing looks”, but still…

  8. Kaz, the Convertible was a TiD. And the young lady driving is Johanna, whose car featured while I was writing from Trollhattan. She and her boyfriend Tim had the matching blue and pink engine bays in their Viggens. She was quite keen for a drive of the ‘Vert and after doing so she was quite keen on buying one!

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