Monday Night Snippets

Well, have you all had your fill of the Turbo X?

I’ll be posting my 0.02c on it later on, but it’s been very encouraging to read people’s remarks. Here, with an educated Saab crowd, I’d characterise them as pretty darn positive overall. There’s a few that aren’t as happy as others out there, but you can’t please all the people all the time.

What’s been more encouraging is the mostly positive comments out there in other forums that have linked up to the story. Most people out there in prospective-market-land seem to also be very high on the car – and that’s a great sign, especially seeing that there’s so much more to come. All we’ve seen, remember, is three shots and none of those have been of the SportCombi.

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I’ve had a few people email me and ask about that yellow convertible we all saw back in June. A few have also emailed about XWD on the convertible.

From what I understand and believe to be correct, Saffron Yellow will be coming in model year 08.5, meaning around March or April. There will be no XWD availability on the convertible, that much I’ve heard for sure from Saab.

And to clear up another query I’ve had a few times….

The Turbo X is the launch vehicle for the XWD system. Whilst it’s limited to 2,000 units, XWD will also be available on the 9-3 Aero (SS and SC), though the XWD system on the Aero will have the eLSD as an option (standard on the Turbo X) and it’ll cost around US$2K extra to add it to the Aero.

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Speaking of Saffron Yellow, Robert B emailed me this pic, which he found on a German forum somewhere. Sorry, no link supplied.

It’s going to be a seller, I think.

Saffron Yellow Saab 9-3

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Made from Beer.

That’s the slogan on a number of very good Australian beer advertisements (this one, and this one).

It might also be the slogan for some Scottish biofuels in the future:

Residues from beer and whisky production could be turned into biofuel for cars, if researchers at the University of Abertay, Scotland, get their way. The boffins have been awarded the Carnegie Trust Research Grant for their study, which will be completed next year.

Or the year after, or the year after that…..

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A UK survey of car dealers has seen Lexus and Mercedes slip DOWN in rankings and Saab, amongst others, get a rise.

The survey records the dealers’ attitudes to various aspects of their business and with a refreshed 9-3 coming, Saab dealers are obviously feeling a little more upbeat.

โ€œLexus and Mercedes Benz have been marked down by their dealers due to current marketing stance, product positioning, and advertising,โ€ said NFDA director Sue Robinson.

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And speaking of the UK, Robin M shot this through in the mail today. Cool.

Saab 9-3 2008

Actually, there was more to it than that. It’s a test drive invite etc. But I just really liked that image.

The 2008 Saab 9-3s arrived at Robin’s local dealership last week and he’s already seen one around town. In addition to that, with his sister-in-law recently picking up a SportCombi, her husband is now looking at a convertible.

Saab GB – I can hook you up with Robin to arrange his commission cheque. Just drop me a line.

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8 Comments

  1. I hope those Scots come through before the price of German beer goes any higher. (farmers are eschewing barley for other subsidized crops)

    That would be great news to break during Oktoberfest! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Two weeks left, two weeks left!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Man, I can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just hope it doesn’t get too held up at PDI, otherwise I will be depressed until it arrives ๐Ÿ™‚ Snow silver in that pic looks so awesome!!!

  3. Swade, when you write “the XWD system on the Aero will have the eLSD as an option (standard on the Turbo X) and itโ€™ll cost around US$2K extra to add,” does the “it” refer to XWD, eLSD, or XWD+eLSD? That is, how much over the cost of an Aero will an Aero with XWD+eLSD cost?

  4. Ken B: I saw when I read it how this could be misconstrued as well. The option of XWD is estimated to be USD2,000.00 on top of the cost of the Aero. I don’t know how much more the eLSD option will cost the buyer.

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