Thursday Snippets

Saabs weren’t tested in this group, but it does go to show you how advanced they are when it comes to safety and impact protection.

The starchild of motoring journalists everywhere, the BMW 5-series, rated a group-worst marginal in the latest round of large sedan crash tests conducted by the IIHS and covered in the Consumer Reports blog.

Volvo, Kia (yes, Kia) and Acura all scored “Good” ratings with the Ovlov getting the top safety pick award. Cadillac and Mercedes got “Acceptable” rankings and the Bimmer was ranked lowest in the group with a mark of “Marginal”.

Put THAT on the front cover, I dare ya.

UPDATE: BMW’s response: “This was one test on one day on one car.”

And if it happens in real life? One severely injured driver in one car.

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Another clue as to where GM’s investment money is going:

American automotive giant General Motors will be investing more than $6 billion into its Daewoo subsidiary in South Korea during the next four years…..

….GM Daewoo will be expanding its engineering center in Inchon, Korea to take on 2,500 more engineers. It will be opening up a new test center near Seoul. Apparently Daewoo will be developing new mini and subcompact vehicles which it will export to developing countries under the GM moniker.

What odds the Saab 9-1 will be designed in Korea? It’s a very good chance, I think.

As the author mentions, I’m sure the UAW are noting this. There’s probably copies of this news on UAW seats right now as they negotiate a new agreement with GM on labor conditions.

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There’s not too many 2007 Saab 9-3 road tests popping up anymore, but this one’s worth a look. It’s always interesting to read from a reviewer that hasn’t driven a Saab before, as is the case here.

Click here to read the full review. I’ll leave you with his final thoughts:

When I initially pulled away in the 9-3 I thought it was something different. I was not a fan at first, but the more I drove it the more I enjoyed it. Even though my first impression made me sneer, by the end of the week I was genuinely having fun with it. It is just different than most other small luxury cars.

The current 9-3 SportCombi is definitely unique as an entry-level luxury wagon. Where the Germans and the Japanese have perfection, the Swedes have character.

Want to sell more Saabs?

Put bums on seats.

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Posting may be a little light tonight as I’ll be getting ready for the big trip to pick up the new car. I have a few Van Halen CD’s to burn as well as a bag to pack.

But make sure you check in around 11:20pm (my time – check the clocks to the left) to see the first ever Trollhattan Saab competition and win Saab’s Aero-X all for yourself!!!!!

OK, a small one.

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5 Comments

  1. Welcom Mr Parker to the world of Saab!

    The current 9-3 SportCombi is definitely unique as an entry-level luxury wagon. Where the Germans and the Japanese have perfection, the Swedes have character

    This sentese explain it all! At least for me.

  2. Korea means business, and I rather have them invest there than in China… Remeber: US deisgned and built Caddys don’t sell in Europe; Korean designed and built Chevy’s do.

  3. I reject the notion that there can’t be perfection and character. In fact, I’d say perfection to me would require character.

    I think that sentence is pretty lame. It’s another variation on the standard issue journalists are always dealing with. That is, ‘I really don’t think the Saab is as good as the competition but the positive I can say is… it has character.’

    Yes, when you look at GM’s investment you can’t look only at Caddy in Europe as a draw for cash. What I’ve been saying again and again is that GM won’t invest in Saab because it wouldn’t amount to much on a corporate scale. This is a perfect example. Which do you think GM execs spend more time and money on: expansion in Korea and China, or ensuring the Saab lineup is world-class?

  4. I agree – get the people into the cars and onto the road! Since GM seems loathe to actually utilize a smidgen of it’s advertising dollars to promote the brand as it should be, there is an even greater need to get folks into those industry-leading super comfy driver seats and get them on the road. I’m betting that an even marginal increase of “bums in the seats” will generate sales that may surprise.

    On another note – are there any automotive journalists out there who are able to write a Saab review without the “Q” word in it? Get a thesaurus guys and think of something original next time. Sheesh.

    Richard

  5. I actually had noticed just the other day that the newer Daewoo front ends had a few similarities to Saabs. The things that struck me was the 3-opening grille.

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