Friday Snippets

It’s good to see Saab and Audi agreeing one more than just the usefulness of solar cells in the roof:

Prestige brand Audi has stated its commitment to traditional fabric hoods. Both the forthcoming A3 drop-top and the next-generation A4 convertible will use a traditional rag-top design.

Bosses at the firm are convinced that cabrios with the latest cloth hoods will remain every bit as popular in the future.

I really hope Saab keep the ragtop, which it looks like they will for the time being. I’ve not seen a really good looking hardtop convertible yet. If you’re going to have a convertible, then make it look like one. And the new generation of soft-tops are so well insulated that they’re just as comfortable.

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That article was all about convertible prices in the UK, and how they drop in the winter.

Poor weather in the UK pushing prices down? Must be kid’s stuff to get a bargain ragtop 80% of the year!!

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Saab Exposure – part 1

It’s good to see Saab spending some of their ad money in the blogospere as well as in the MSM.

Autoblog are a beneficiary of the new 2008 Saab 9-3 ad campaign, as I found when I was looking (fruitlessly) for attractive Japanese cars.

Saab Autoblog

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Saab Exposure – part 2

Scot from Saab of Hunterdon picked up a promo article for the Turbo X over on Yahoo.

Saab Yahoo

Not only that, Saab USA are spending up on Yahoo ads as well:

Saab Yahoo2

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The prize pool just expanded!

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7 Comments

  1. Swade, I agree… The Volvo C-70 and Chrysler Sebring are both problematic hard tops. Not yet tried and true like my Saab. Keep the soft top Saab. It looks great!

  2. I’m sure it’s not indicative of the norm, and that I was just unlucky, but yesterday I stopped by a Saab dealer (Saab of Thousand Oaks, which is “packaged” with Cadillac and HUMMER just like GM likes) I happened to be driving past on my way home from work to pick up a 9โทX brochure to send to a friend in the U.K. as a souvenir. Upon leaving I realized that it’s the 9โทX brochure from 2006! The guys at the dealer seemed more interested in watching game one of the World Series (an unfortunate misnomer, unless the “world” to you consists of Canada and the U.S.) than helping me with my brochure request…

    I don’t think the 2008 9โทX brochure (complete with Aero details) is out yet, but they could have at least given me an ’07 brochure! ๐Ÿ™

  3. …soft top convertibles….YUK! I think they’re old hat and ugly, prone to leakage in heavy storms (like we get in Australia), less secure, prone to sun damage. Thats my intellectual contribution to the argument ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. craig – You’re supposed to garage those things, if they’re out in a heavy storm…man, that’s like leaving a puppy out in a tornado.

    I think all hard top convertibles looks misshapen.

  5. Craig, I agree with Jeff. I have two soft top convertibles, have been in numerous storms without a problem, and the safety is the same as a normal roof car. Saab has is right to stick with the soft top as the advantages far outway the disadvantages especialy when comparing to hard tops.

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