It’s Grand Final week here in southern Australia. That’s our equivalent to Superbowl week for you US types, though I’m not sure what the European equivalent might be. Posting was quiet tonight due to the telecast of the Brownlow medal, which is awarded to the best and fairest player in the Australian Football League (AFL) regular season. And not even the blog can interrupt the Brownlow for this little black duck. Sad, I know.
Congratulations to Jimmy Bartel on winning the medal. His team, Geelong (the cats), play against Port Power in the Grand Final on Saturday. I hate Port with a passion. The dropping of a bomb on Port’s home ground would be a waste of a good bomb.
*here endeth the Australian sports lesson for today*
My thanks to all who have placed a pin on the Trollhattan Saab Map.
I put the map up over the weekend and am thoroughly impressed by the spread of Saab supporters out there. From what I can tell, there’s pins on each continent with the exception of South America.
I’ve been told that the software is still in beta, so if you’ve loaded a photo and it isn’t appearing yet, I’m sure it will soon. Perhaps when the software moves up the VHS.
If you haven’t pinned yourself on the map yet, then check it out and most of all, place yourself on there!
Do The Truth About Cars have it in for GM?
I prefaced Gripen’s report on E85 in California earlier today with the story about the state government there purchasing over 1,000 flex fuel vehicles a few years back, despite there being virtually no E85 for sale there.
I’m sure GM’s hands may be a little bit dirty here, but it’s the government that overturned it’s own legislation to make the purchase. It’s the government that set up the trials prior to the purchase, it’s the government that committed to spend the money when the deal was done and it’s the government, including the Governator himself, who will be investigated in the matter.
TTAC’s headline: GM Finally Figures Out How To Sell Cars in California
And yes, they do go ahead to lay a fair bit of dirt at GM’s door, as if 1,300 sales is going to be a make or break transaction for the company. With the risk of scrutiny that’s now being brought to bear, I don’t think the TTAC take is quite accurate.
Further to my previous posts about the European Delivery Program out of the US, the SaabUSA website has now been updated to reflect the current circumstances:
Thank you for your interest in the Saab European Delivery Program. This program is currently being updated for 2008, so please check back soon for new information.
Hopefully it gets back up and running soon as it’s a great program and the new 9-3 is going to bring it a lot of prospective customers.
I’ll update you all as soon as I know how things develop.
Thanks to Woodman for the update via comments