A belated report on UK sales data for July 2007. They release this stuff so far after everyone else that I end up forgetting about it.
Saab GB sold 1,601 vehicles on July 2007, which was an 8.5% drop on the 1,751 units sold in the same month last year. So far in 2007, Saab GB has sold 14,430 units, which is a fall of 13.2% (yikes!) from the 16,625 units sold Jan-July 2006.
Cadillac sales numbers aren’t recorded but they may be lumped in with “other imports” reported by SMMT. If so, then a handful at most made up part of the 246 “other imports” sold there during the month.
Gunnar Heinrich (now of 4drivers only) is reporting on the possibility of New York City getting a congestion charge zone similar to those found in London and Stockholm.
Will E85 vehicles be exempt if it happens? It sounds like it’s only in the investigative stages at the moment, but right now I’d doubt that E85 vehicles would benefit while there’s virtually nowhere to purchase E85 within the NYC environs. If they exempted E85 vehicles then everyone would start buying some of the huge E85 SUV’s available, run them on gasoline and make the problem worse.
Still, I guess it wouldn’t hurt for Saab to get Bloomberg on the phone.
Avis, the rental car company (is there any other Avis?) are claiming a 4% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005 through it’s inclusion of environmentally friendly vehicles in its rental fleets. 4% doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider the number of miles done in Avis cars worldwide each year, that’s a lotta smog.
Avis Scandinavia have 400 Saab 9-5 BioPower vehicles in their fleet and I’m sure they’ll add more in Europe as the fuel becomes more readily available, which it is at quite a rapid pace.
4% – that’s a genuine difference.
Whilst we’re on the subject of ethanol, I had my first experience filling up with E10 in out Saab 9000 the other day. Yes, we’re that far behind here.
I noticed little if any difference except at the register where the 95 octane E10 was a fair bit cheaper thn the usual 95 octane we use.
And still on ethanol, there’s some group that’s received funding to study how you can make ethanol from coal.
Yes, from coal.
Where can I get me some of that funding????
Somehow, I don’t think the flowery BioPower ads would look so good with a chunk of coal in the middle of them.
And finally, on Ethanol, GM are spouting the benefits on the FYI Blog today and making a play-down of the mileage hit you take running on E85.
I think it’s pretty much undisputed that you do take a hit and the choice to run on E85 is one that people make despite that mileage disadvantage. You make that choice for good reasons, like clean power and in Saab’s case, more power. If you sacrifice a little mileage, then that’s part of the decision.
I don’t see why you really need to soft-line it.
The good part is that they do speak quite plainly about the fact that ethanol is NOT the solution, which is a good thing. It’s part of a solution and it’s a part of the solution that’s available now.
There’s nowhere else I can do this, but I just wanted to acknowledge that Van Halen are getting back together, with David Lee Roth included and – boy, do I feel old – Eddie’s son Wolfgang playing bass.
This band was such a huge part of my teenage years. It won’t happen, but I really hope they tour Australia when this North American tour is done.
So I need a Saab tie-in to justify putting this on the blog? Well, there’s a fairly good chance that a certain silver 900 Aero will have some VH blaring from the speakers as it heads own the Hume this weekend.
There. Eddie Van Halen is not God, as some might suggest, but he does teach Him guitar twice a week.