Ok, time for another quick rant on Consumer Reports. As long-time lurkers here will know I don’t necessarily agree with their methods or their findings.
First, watch the video on this page.
For those of you that couldn’t be bothered, the video is about developments on cars that aren’t quite developed enough. One of the things they think should go back to the drawing board is the cruise control switch on the Mercedes R-Class. The cruise control lever is located just above the indicator stalk, and the contention is that you could mistakenly speed the car up by lifting the cruise stalk instead of the indicator stalk.
Sure, it wouldn’t hurt to put the cruise stalk somewhere else, but did Consumer Reports consider the following: Should you be using your indicators at all whilst you’ve got cruise control on? And won’t it only speed the car up if cruise is actually engaged?
CR contend that a mistake could occur where you speed the car up instead of signalling a right turn. Ok, you may have cruise control engaged and need to change lanes on a highway and speed up a little by mistake, which should be easily recoverable if you have a heartbeat and your eyes are open.
But if you’ve got cruise on and you’re looking to do a right turn with cruise still engaged then you probably shouldn’t be driving. It’s not the location of the cruise stalk that’s dangerous, it’s the fact that you’re on the road at all that’s dangerous.
I think there’s a limit to how idiot-proof cars should become. If you’re that much of an idiot then being licenced to drive shouldn’t be automatic. Being licenced is a privelege, not a right.
The 2008 Saab 9-3 comes with a lot of significant developments, chief among them being the new twin-turbo diesel powerplant and the development of XWD.
These are also going to be available on the Cadillac BLS. Autoweek.nl report that both the TTiD engine and XWD will coming on their BLS from next year.
I guess we’ve got to keep the delusion running that Caddy has a future in order for Saab to have one, so Go Caddy, Go! Go anywhere but here!
This is the Saab Expressions website as viewed on a Safari browser today:
Seems like there’s some code problems there, folks. I know just the guys to fix it, and maybe refresh the look a bit too.
You might remember Tim from my Sweden photos. He had the blue coloring in the his-n-hers color coded Viggens.
Well, knowing that there’s some people interested in aviation hanging around Saabs, I thought those of you with a mind to do so might like to follow Tim’s adventures as he trains to get licenced for flying the Airbus A320.
He’s at a flight school in Brussels at the moment and is documenting the process in photo, video and blog format. The main site link is here and apparently the A320 is “almost impossible to crash”, which is good to hear.
One of Tim’s own pilot jokes:
How will you know if there’s a pilot in the room at a party?
Don’t worry, he’ll tell you.
And speaking of Sweden, a note to Rickard……
I saw my first Australian 9-5 Griffin yesterday, just one block from my office right here in Hobart!!