UPDATED below – is Holden becoming Saab?
UPDATED AGAIN for Turbo X allocation details.
Today is media day for the Australian International Motor Show, being held in Sydney. I attended last year and saw the Aero-X in person, but wasn’t able to attend this year.
Nevertheless, TS is more than adequately represented by Richo, my Viggen-owning partner in crime and he’s SMS-ing some notes through as things pop up. Richo’s notes follow with my thoughts in italics.
Saab and Hummer are both being presented on the same stand.
The photos will be interesting. This arises, of course, out of them both being under the GM Premium Brands banner here in Oz – a move that combines two brands but probably only has the marketing budget of 1.5 brands.
CORRECTED: Australia will be getting 30 units of the Turbo X.
It’ll be priced at around A$90,000. Richo’s advised a correction – the Turbo X should be coming in at around $8,000 more than the current Aero, so that’d make it around the high $70’s.
More units than expected.
UPDATE – Fullboost are reporting that of those 30 units coming to Australia, only FIVE will be SportCombis with the rest being Sedans. If you’d like a Combi, best get in quick – Thanks Turbin.
Holden are showing an E85 capable engine in the new Commodore wagon.
That’s a surprise – Biopower, Oz style. The new Commodore wagon looks surprisingly SportWagon-ish, too. Strike another blow for Saab’s uniqueness in Gm’s portfolio.
The Turbo-X is haaaaaaawt!
The E85 Commodore is a V8 and non-turbocharged.
That’s code for a complete mileage-hacking waste of time, good for promoting the existence of sheer existence of E85 – only as long as people don’t ask questions.
There’s a white Aero convertible on display that looks brilliant.
Photos forthcoming shortly, I hope.
There’s six or so Saabs on display. The Turbo X on display is LHD SportCombi. There’s a couple of convertibles and diesels and a sedan or two.
Convertibles – very important. Turbin tells me that 90 out of Saabs 191 sales here last month were convertibles.
The TTiD will be coming to Australian markets in January 2008.
Excellent. The diesel’s been a good seller here. I was talking (for the first time, to my shame) with our local Saab dealer’s sales manager this morning and they’ve had a record year here in Hobart for Saab. He was surprised with the number of people opting for a manual gearbox with the TiD. Knowing how Saab people love to drive, I wasn’t.
The Truth About Cars are reporting that Bob Lutz is in Australia. I’ve told Richo to keep an eye out for him, though when pressed for a question to ask if he meets him, I couldn’t think of one. I’m hopeless when under pressure sometimes.
Richo’s final word, at around midday, was that the show didn’t have too much buzz to it and that the press crowd seemed a bit flat. “Boring as bat@$!#” were his exact words. He finished getting several of the spokesmodels to record ‘personal greetings’ for me on video and headed home. Oh, boy.
There’s some very fishy stuff coming about in Holden. I’m seeing a lot of Saab-similarities around here.
Apparently they’ve got a Commodore there with an E85 capable V8 in it. BioPower, anyone? Except without the turbocharging and therefore, the performance benefit.
Similarity #2 and #3
Is this the Saab Convertible’s Lime Yellow I see? (Not exactly, but it’s close)
And are these Saab 9-5-inspired tail lamps I see?
photo by Autoblog.
Is this a SportCombi-inspired Commodore Wagon I see?
photo by Autoblog