Further to the rally team participating in the Fireball Run Transcontinental Rally, you know the one, I wrote to Saab USA to ascertain the level of partnership that’s going on there. Saab indicated that the team petitioned GMNA for a car and a Saab was offered up as a vehicle for them to use.
They’ll consequently be strutting their stuff in a 9-3 Convertible, presumably from Saab’s press fleet.
Steve Shannon has posted on GM’s Fastlane Blog about the SOC being held later this week in Michigan. And yes, I’m going to be picky about it:
I like to think that the choice of the Great Lakes Saab Club as host of the event is an acknowledgment of the important role that Saab, GM’s only European luxury brand, is playing in GM’s future.
I like to think that a decent injection of marketing moolah would be a better acknowledgement. You’re letting them off easy, SS.
Gotta say, I really wouldn’t know where to look.
Some interesting GM News in General. These don’t effect Saab now, but are indicators of emerging items that will effect Saab into the future:
1) GM plans to sell 60,000 Chevy Volts in it’s year of introduction. No doubt the E-flex drivetrain will make it’s way into Saab’s models down the track. But’ll be IF E-flex survives this initial sales run. That’s a big run for such a new and game-changing technology.
2) The Opel Corsa Hybrid concept car will be shown at Frankfurt next month. Saab 9-1 precursor, anyone? I really don’t know how much the 9-1 will evetually borrow from GM’s other compact car’s, but perhaps it’s worth keeping an eye on, especially given the hybrid nature.
3) And even further down the track, Saab might get hydrogen (waaaaaay further). GM are handing out a bunch of fuel cell Chevys for testing and unlike Honda, who charge $500 a month to the families testing their hydrogen cars, GM are providing the vehicles and the fuel for free.
Nothing is known about whether the testers can keep the water the car produces 😉