Sorry if this is getting a tad tedious for those who don’t like theorising about cars, but I’ve got to get this stuff out of my head or it’ll just fester.
So all this premium and quality talk got me to thinking about a Saab-ish approach to things. There’s a lot of new stuff coming out on cars nowadays. Saabs have always been well equipped but there’s new gizmos and technology coming out all the time and some of the companies have an optional equipment list that could make your head spin.
So what of them? Which of these new technologies do you think Saab should be targeting for inclusion into their coming range of cars?
I think equipment that enhances the driving experience or makes the car more efficient is the stuff to aim for. I think you’ll get what I mean as you move through the list. I’m going to miss a lot of emerging technologies here so please chime in with your own suggestions, both good and bad, in comments.
iDrive Equivalent – panned by critics as being too complex when it first emerged but slowly improving. Still regarded by many as technology for technology’s sake. NOT PREMIUM
DGS Style transmission – Quicker, smoother and more economical – PREMIUM.
Direct Injection – Cleaner, more efficient and more power – PREMIUM
Self Parking – Technology that allows you to lessen your driving skills. Just learn to park, and while you’re at it, learn to read a map, too – NOT PREMIUM
Bluetooth and Entertainment integration – some stuff is only noticed by its absence and this will be the case in a few years with this sort of technology – PREMIUM
5-Star Safety – This should never be compromised on any vehicle with a Saab badge on it. My only knock on the 9-7x – PREMIUM
V2V Communcations – Again, like self-parking, this is something that an alert and competent driver shouldn’t need and if it interferes with the act of driving with a bunch of signals and alerts then it strikes me as more of a danger. How many false positives will it alert you to before there’s something you really need to see? – NOT PREMIUM
Rear-view cameras on SUV’s only – PREMIUM
Ventilated Seats – Ditch your aircon. The best seats I’ve ever sat in and great for driver comfort – PREMIUM
Adaptive Cruise Control – Yet another piece of tech that will lessen one’s concentration on the road. If you’re using cruise and you need to slow down the you shouldn’t be on cruise – NOT PREMIUM
Hardtop convertible – The soft-top seems to have so much more character. The argument I could see for the hardtop is strength and safety, but if Saab can keep the car as safe as a hardtop then I’d opt for a ragtop and preserve character – ARGUABLY PREMIUM – I can make up my own categories 😉
Hybrid Technology – They need to do it right, but there’s no doubt that a company that wants to be seen as environmentally responsible need to develop this, and companies that already have have received plenty of respect for doing so – PREMIUM
Run-flat tyres – handy if you’re being chased by gangsters or caught in partuclarly inclement weather. Reported to be less comfortable and compromising to the car’s handling, but I’ve not driven on them. I’m happy to change my own tyre on the spot. – NOT PREMIUM
Clean Diesel – high mileage, heaps of torque and low emissions. No explanation necessary – PREMIUM
Soft-touch interior – the outside looks are the hook, but it’s inside where the driver spends their time. It’s got to be comfortable, functional, and good to the touch – PREMIUM
That’s my short list, but I know there’s more.
I’d hate to see Saab go the route of having technology for technology’s sake, and I’m very much in favour of having skilled drivers rather than uber-advanced machines.
Feel free to add you own thoughts, or lampoon my suggestions in comments.
My thanks to Gripen for a few emails in the last few days that have tied in with this whole subject nicely. Ideas, Ideas.