Top Gear fly the TTiD

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Top Gear have written a brief report on the Twin Turbo diesel 9-3 SportCombi but they lead off with this, which prompted my headline:

Enough about the planes already. We all know that Saab also builds aircraft because Saab mentions it all the time. It’s almost a surprise that the new 9-3 doesn’t come with a map of its emergency exits and sick bags in the backs of the seats.

It’s been six decades, Saab. Volvo used to make ball-bearings, but they don’t ram those down your throat.

That’s because Born From Balls isn’t anywhere near as cool, as well all know already.

As this is a Top Gear website test and not one of Clarkson’s Times Online tests, so the drivel is kept to a minimum and they get down to the driving pretty quickly.

It’s a short report, so I won’t quote any more of it, bar the conclusion:

So with its fresher face and sorted oil burner, the 9-3 is a realistic alternative to the ubiquitous German exec fare.

Recommended reading, esp for you Euro types for whom the TTiD is actually an option.


Thx to Ivan and Ken!

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  1. Well, I don’t think that ovloV did make ball-bearings. That was SKF. ovloV was formed by two guys who worked for SKF. Volvo – Latin for ‘I roll’ was a trademark of SKF, originally, I believe, and was a good name for the guys setting up a car company. Something along those lines, anyway.

  2. The article included the obligatory interior materials complaint. Haven’t people been complaining about this for five years now? I would’ve thought SAAB would have used this MCE as a good opportunity to upgrade the interior. Why did they leave it as-is if that was the biggest complaint? I mean, I don’t think people were complaining about the exterior look of the car as much as the interior prior to the “refresh”. So I’m guessing we’re going to have to sit through two more years (at least) of reading auto magazine writers and customers alike complaining about this.

  3. Volvo was the name SKF registered in 1911 and intended to use for some of it’s ball bearings. But they changed their minds, and so the Volvo name didn’t apply to anything until 1926 when it became a separate division inside SKF and started making cars. SKF owned Volvo until 1935 or so.

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