What a great day!
I’ll be posting more details on all these things in the coming hours, but here’s the news in brief from today.
The 2008 Saab 9-3 range starts at A$43,000 or thereabouts for the Linear Sport Sedan and as per now, goes up to around $90K for the Aero Convertible.
The Australian press launch for the TTiD engine will be early in 2008 and the engine will come later in the year, in Aero trim.
33% of sedan sales in Australia are diesels. 52% of Combi sales are diesels.
BIG NEWS – The first E85 pumps, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, will open in early 2008.
The 9-3 BioPower is now available for sale.
In Sweden, Saab are considering selling just diesel and BioPower, i.e. no gasoline-only vehicles. Only a very, very small percentage of cars sold in Sweden are gasoline-only.
There was talk of a petrol-electric hybrid. Only in passing as part of a presentation. I have it on tape.
The surprise guest was none other than Jan-Ake Jonsson himself, Saab’s wordwide Managing Director. I said “Hi” in the morning and he asked me what the latest was with Saab 😉
Jan-Ake was kind enough, at the end of a pretty long day, to sit down and record an interview with me. I’ll do an edit and get it out next week.
Aussies – get your tuning elsewhere. No Hirsch here.
Motoring journalists have The. Best. Job. On. Earth.
Oh yeah, the cars.
The 2008 Saab 9-3 is brilliant. I drove two stints in a TiD SportCombi and one in a 2.0T SportCombi. Both were absolutely excellent. Baby-bum smooth and plenty of go. You Yanks should be very pleased having a 2.0T as your base model. A great engine.
Both cars were Autos, unfotunately.
The all-important record of corporate hospitality………Lunch