City Saab in Melbourne closed it’s doors back in March. It was a bit of an institution (you had to be crazy to work there – hahahah) and it was, of course, sad to see it go.
It’s seven months since, but a new City Saab has opened in inner suburban Richmond. I haven’t lived in Melbourne for around 12 years now, but apparently everything’s gone CGI in Tigerland:
As you can see, the new showroom is a good size, which it needs to be as it’s also housing Hummer. You can add Cadillac and even Camaro to that in the future. Don’t get me started.
It’s good to see Saab back in close to the heart of Melbourne again.
The new City Saab showroom (or Richmond Airport, as they’re calling it) is located at 362 Swan Street, Richmond, and I plan to call in for a look next time I’m over there.
The Australian press launch for the 2008 Saab 9-3 is being held on November 2. It’ll be based in Melbourne and yes, I’m hoping to get a seat.
Although i’ve driven the 2008 model once already, in Sweden, the car I drove was the TTiD. It’ll be good to get into a petrol model to get a feel for what most of you will be driving. And regardless of the powerplant it’ll just be good to get back into one anyway.
Richo emailed Hirsch a few days ago to enquire about buying some wheels from them.
Hirsch replied that they couldn’t sell them to him as there was no partner agreement to sell Hirsch products in Australia, and they wanted to respect their relationship with Saab.
Richo offered to wear lederhosen, but still Hirsch resisted (I’m not making this up!).
So I wrote to Saab Australia’s Neil Whitehead – the product guy – and asked when Hirsch products might become available. Sources have previously indicated to me that the basics are in place for the products to be sold and all it would need is the final go-ahead and sign-offs.
It’s only been a few days now, but I’m still awaiting a reply.
Given that Saabs will be shown in GM Premium showrooms, wouldn’t it make sense to have an enhanced, premium program in place for those customers who wanted it?