Get that new 9-5 and 9-4x – stat!

Motor Authority are reporting that Ovlov are introducing some new Flexfuel engines that will effectively make their whole lineup E85 compatible and thereby challenge Saab’s current position as the flexfuel leader in Europe.

Volvo’s V70 and S80 models will be available with two new flex-fuel engines from the end of the year, making its entire lineup now flex-fuel ready. The V70 and S80 get either a new 2.0L four cylinder or a turbocharged 2.5L five cylinder.

I guess it was inevitable, but I’d love to see Saab retain it’s market leadership in this segment. They’re marketing BioPower pretty heavily and as E85 fuel gains greater traction in Europe, which it is, Saab need to ride that wave and drive home their advantage.

One thing that would really help is the release of the 9-4x to combat Ovlov’s SUVs and (finally) a new 9-5 flagship. I’ve been hearing some occasional mutterings from Saab staffers who are currently getting briefed on the coming models in Sweden. Lifesize models of the coming vehicles have been seen by many and they’re all coming up with the same response – Wow!

A combination of these two vehicles to compliment the new 9-3, as well as BioPower availability on the full model range, would really put a stamp on Saab’s progress.

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And as a final aside, check out the photo accompanying the article. Talk about familiar!

Volvo E85

Thanks David!

And forgive me, Himanshu!

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6 Comments

  1. I would assume though that the normally aspirated Volvos are going to take a hit on power when running on E85. They seem to not want to talk about power output like Saab who gives you up to 20% more hp. I wonder about the 2.5 turbo though, did they just upgrade the fuel lines, etc., or did they take full advantage of the higher octane like Saab did.

  2. Yeah, E85 for naturally aspirated motors really shouldn’t alter the marketplace that much. Less power, worse mileage do not make for commercial appeal. Particularly when you still be green and fast in a turbo Saab.

    The difference between turbo-E85 and n/a-E85 ought to make for some fun compare-and-contrast advertising for Saab in Sweden, I would think!

    As an aside, I thought Ovlov was phasing out the 2.5 liter turbo — at least that is my impression in the U.S. market.

    Typical Ovlov – using new technology to become even slower and less fun to drive!

  3. yeah, i look forward to seeing the “wow,” too, re:

    “I’ve been hearing some occasional mutterings from Saab staffers who are currently getting briefed on the coming models in Sweden. Lifesize models of the coming vehicles have been seen by many and they’re all coming up with the same response – Wow!”

  4. There has been “green” Volvo’s for sale in Sweden for some time now, but they do not sell that well if compared to Saab. Saab had 38% of that market in June in Sweden; Volvo had 16%. Even all Volvo’s combined do not reach either 9-3 BioPower or 9-5 BioPower sale. So they have some marketing to do.

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