One of the ‘best Saab owners in the world’ (we’re just the bottom of the barrel here) recently got a chance to catch up with Steve Shannon at the Swedish Car Day in Boston.
It sounds like he’s a journalist by occupation as he mentions that his job involves interviewing some corporate CEOs etc (maybe he’s a psychiatrist?). It seems he’s got good retention skills, as he’s journalised the finer points of his coversation over at Saabnet.
Yes, I’m linking to an article on Saabnet. If you’re not banned from there already you can click through and read it. If you can’t, the salient points are as follows:
I said we have two 9Ks in part because of the hatch. I said it is a key feature and that hatchback sedans are missed it in the current line-up, SportCombis aside. And Steve said, “Stay tuned.” ….
….the coming AWD system is expected to be a big boost for Saab as it is something the brand needs to compete in the market today. It will *not* be limited to the already previewed 9-3…..
….Also coming soon is a common integrated interface for audio, climate control, etc., across all the models. It will not (thankfully) be a system like BMW’s iDrive system…..
….What was especially impressive is that he flew in to Boston on a weekend just for a one-day local Saab event and spent time walking around and talking to Saab owners…..
I know I give SS a bit of a hard time here sometimes for a perceived lack of visibility and action, but kudos for getting out and about. Grassroots stuff like this does have a ripple effect. We’re reading about it now, right?
As our journo buddy points out in the article, the hatch/versatility thing that he’s tld to “stay tuned” for is most likely a reference to the 9-4x. I don’t think there’s any optomism to be held for a 9-3 hatch variant here.
The HVAC and entertainment interface is a new one. I’d guess that this will probably debut with the new 9-5, being a flagship and all. The next 9-5 is supposed to have a very Aero-X inspired interior, and this sort of thing would fit right in with that theme.
Click on through and have a read.
And Scott, I’m just kidding ya, bud.