Eggs and Grits sent me the link along with the following message:
Responsible performance for the win! Output goes up, through direct injection and forced induction (turbocharging).
Definitely vindication in my book. My C900/9-5/Viggen, etc had it before your Audi/Lexus/etc had it
I don’t think there’s anything I can add (that doesn’t involve spitting towards Detroit and other uncouth behaviour).
If any of you former Saab engineers in Sweden are reading this, I hope you recline in your comfy La-Z-Boy chair tonight, light up a cigar and bask in your collective foresight.
In short, between 2008 and 2013:
- Average engine displacement is down.
- The number of cars with forced induction is up.
- The number of cars with direct injection is up.
- Average fuel economy is better.
- Average power output is up.
- Average acceleration is quicker.
- The percentage of makes offering gasoline alternatives has increased.
Here’s the link again: Car and Driver Infographic
Saab had all of that. They began the journey in the 1970’s and it continued right up until they filed for bankruptcy. Saab’s new ownership is looking to take it even further into the future.
It’s a shame that the guys who led the charge aren’t all together to see Saab leading the way, still.