Wednesday Snippets

The eighth annual Swedish Car Day is taking place this weekend in Boston. Hosted by Charles River Saab and Volvo Village Boston, the event will also be a commemoration of their 50 years in business.

There will be a reception for the 50th Birthday on Saturday evening (18.00-20.00) at Charles River Saab, followed by the car show and associated events on Sunday the 21st. The car show will be at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, and runs from 10.00 to 15.00.

If you want to display your car there’s a $10.00 fee (includes two adult admissions) and you need to be there between 08.00 and 10.00.

Swedish Car Day 2006

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Per Eklund was out racing again last weekend, this time in Ireland. Per ran his own car and lent his older car to Irish rally driver Andrew Nesbitt (who first ran in Per’s car a few weeks ago in Belgium – backstory here).

Unfortunately, whilst Per started the Supercar A Final on the front row of the grid, he had to retire in the first lap. Nesbitt did his Saab proud, though, chasing race winner Olivier Anne the whole way and locking up second spot.

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Consumer Reports have taken a step in making their own reports more reliable by admitting that Toyota’s cars and trucks aren’t as reliable as they’ve led people to believe.

The vehicle reporting analyst, Michael Karesh at TrueDelta has reported that because Toyota had a long track record of reliability, CR was giving them ‘recommended’ status by default, before Toyota owners handed in their report cards for analysis.

As Toyota has had recent problems, and their lead in the reliability scores started to dwindle, CR realised that they’d be giving consumers inadequate or misleading results if they continued their default positive ratings for Toyota.

I’m surprised they even had to think about this. Apparently the practice continues for Honda.

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3 Comments

  1. Consumer Reports — I’ve got a copy around the house somewhere from 3 years or so ago. It was the first edition to feature cars under the Scion brand (Toyota products). CR recommended both the xA and xB based upon the fact that they were “based on the Toyota Corolla”. The vehicles had never been available before, yet they are recommended without qualification!

    You simply can’t use the same formula for evaluating cars that you use to evaluate dishwashers. It just isn’t the same thing.

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