S-s-s-something from the comments….
It’s taken a few years, but I got my first genuinely nasty comment here tonight. This was posted by “Pure Saabist” on the article posted showing the pictures of damage to my Viggen:
Maybe you could grovell for some ‘donations’ to repair, like for your trip to Sweden
A tip for the future – grovel only has one “l” in it. If anyone else is feeling the same, please let me know.
Ethanol’s still in its infancy, even in Sweden, but it’s making progress and that progress is measurable. This news from The Local:
Sales of E85 in June were 10,600 cubic metres, an increase of 71 percent compared to June 2006. Last month was the first time that sales of the fuel passed the 10,000 cubic metre mark. Sales of diesel fell by 1.4 percent in June, although so far this year sales of the fuel are up 3.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
Petrol sales were down 5.1 percent in June this year compared to June 2006. Over the first six months of the year, sales of petrol were down 1.6 percent on the same period last year. Ulf Svahn, CEO of SPI, said the poor summer weather was part of the reason for the fall.
Increasing sales and Saab leading the market where ethanol’s concerned. A fortuitous combination.
I haven’t seen a Saab press release for this yet, but several European outlets are running this story on new accessories available from Saab Great Britain.
There’s a new integrated Bluetooth kit for 2001+ 9-5s and 2003+ 9-3’s.
There’s also two new portable Nav units being pushed, the Pogo Alert and the Pogo Drive. Both do your usual satnav stuff as well as speed camera and blackspot alerts, with the Drive unit adding touchscreen functionality.
Finally, there’s some new lockable storage units for you to bung on your roof.
I’d imagine details should be up on the Saab GB website soon.
Whilst reading the ethanol story at The Local, I clicked through to one of their sponsors – Typical Swedish. They sell Sweden-inspired products and have a “Swedish Facts” page on the site. Amongst the many interesting little tidbits there, there’s a possible insight into the Raggare subculture:
By the early 1900s, 1.2 million Swedes had emigrated to USA. Today there are about 10 million people of Swedish heritage in the USA.