Be careful what you wish for – part 1.
Jalopnik, like Autoblog, are at the Frankfurt Motor Show (the power of doing a multibrand car blog, I guess – they get to go themselves). Like Autoblog, they’ve also covered the Cadillac BLS and got the following in comments:
Somehow this thing gives me wagonlust. Could be the 400lbs of twist, I dunno. Maybe it’s because I can’t have it….forbidden fruit or something.
The only condition I feel when I see the BLS is nausea, and that’s not just an anti-Caddy thing. It’s horrid.
Be careful what you wish for – part 2.
I wrote earlier, and still believe, that Saab would have benefitted in a marketing sense if they’d made the Turbo X a 300hp vehicle. It would have diffused the only substantial criticism it’s received and lent some more exclusivity to the model.
The main reason for all this, of course, is because a lot of people place an over-importance on numbers. They shop by numbers and they want those numbers readily available.
A new aspect to that phenomenon in the US market is the new standard for disclosing fuel economy standards. Autoblog Green have a post outlining the new sticker that cars are supposed to display in the showroom.
Getting more info up front is fair enough, but I can’t help but think PG Aero is spot on when he writes, in comments:
As for the new Turbo-X… I like it. My 9000 Aero’s 225 HP never draws too much respect, until someone is sitting in the car during a WOT third gear overtaking maneuver.
It’s too bad that a lot of people comparison shop #’s and not driving experiences.
Right on. Shop by experience, not by numbers.
One for the Aussies in particular, though there’s a few pics that might interest the rest of you too.
Lang Lang, Holden’s proving ground here in Australia, is turning 50 years old. For the Aussies, this article from AutoSpeed has a bunch of photos that should stir up some nostalgic juices.
For the rest of you, how about these….
Holden’s Aussie version of the moose test:
Aero-X inspiration from down under, the Holden Hurrican concept, circa 1969: