Ovlov are going to unveil a plug-in hybrid concept in Frankfurt.
Saab had a plug-in concept car last year, until it’s plug was pulled at the last minute.
Trollhattan Saab will be in Frankfurt and so will Bob Lutz. It’s so tempting to ask the question, but what are the chances of getting a straight answer?
Ryan over at Saab History has been very busy of late and he intends for SaabUSA to be busy as well.
He’s set some XWD goals for them to meet and I think he means business.
This is Chrysler news, but it just seems too significant to not mention. No specific link as it came via an email but i’m sure you’ll find it on Automotive News and just about every other news source in the next few hours.
Jim Press, who’s been the head of Toyota for years now and has worked for Toyota for 37 years, has just quit to join Chrysler. That just seems so strange. He must be seriously in need of a challenge.
I posted some photos from the Saab company’s 70th Anniversary celebrations last week. I’ve just picked up another one. That initial set was taken on an overcast day, but this one looks like it was shot on a crystal clear day.
I just love those shapes.
Born from jets indeed. I tell ya, if Saab Automobile can get their car advertising to invoke even half the inspiration that this photo does on it’s own then they’ll be just fine.
Hang the whole idea of corporate parts, just put jet bits into each car and jet-inspired badging (I love my Viggen badge). Make them as jetty as possible in ergonmics and performance. That’s such a cool shot.
Speaking of Saab ergonomics, a site called Machine Design, which I haven’t heard of before, does car reviews. Every time I think I’ve done the last MY2007 review it seems another one pops up.
Here’s Machine Design on the Saab 9-3 SportCombi:
Inside, eight-way leather seats and a tilting, telescoping steering wheel let you get truly comfortable. The seats are also heated and cooled to help take the edge off those weather extremes. The Swedish ergonomics, like the ignition in the console between the front seats, take a bit to get used to. But once you do, you wonder why other carmakers aren’t following suit.
I have firmly believed for a very long time now that Saab have an incredible amount to offer most motorists, and their parent company, GM. More bums on seats. That’s what they need.
One thing I’d like to add to the sidebar of the site is a “Best of Trollhattan” list with some of the best posts here. I’ve already picked out a few, but if you’ve got a favourite post then add it to the list via a note in comments. You can look them up in the archives or drop a pretty strong hint on the subject matter and hopefully I’ll be able to find it.
My initial picks after a brief look through: