Detroit trip – more questions

I think I’ve got tipping sorted….. —— I’m going to sound like a complete noob here, but what the heck. Maybe some of you Euro types that travel to the US can help me out here. Computer…. I’m bringing my laptop along for the trip. Here in Australia we run about twice the voltage in our electrical system as what they do in the US. I’m going to get a plug adapter so that I can plug it in, but will it run OK on the low voltage they have there? Is there anything else I need to do? Phone… […]

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TS coming to America – notices and help requested

It’s less than two weeks until I jump on a big bird and fly into the USofA. I received the good news this morning that my press credentials have been approved and will be waiting for me when I get there. Woohoo! I’ve got my cameras all sorted, laptop ready, voice recorder primed. Here I come. —— The notices: 1/ Dinner in LA I’ll be flying into LA on January 10. After arriving I’ll be jumping into a car with Gripen and heading up to Bob Sinclair’s place in order to meet the 1980s Saab USA legend in person and […]

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Traveller’s Saabs

My Viggen-owning compatriot from Sydney, Richo, is currently skiing around the US. That’s his cover at least. I suspect he’s just trying to pick up chicks in exotic locations, like Wyoming, but that’s just me…. He shot through these photos of a Saab owned by a local lady running a gas station in Jackson Hole. Told her we’d make her famous. See what I mean? And he also spotted this one on the road somewhere in Utah…. —— Local Tasmanian lens genius, Stu, recently took a family holiday in New Zealand and sent through a shot of the only Saab […]

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Winding Road do a quick drive of the Saab 9-7x Aero

Thanks cj for dropping this one in comments. There are, of course, various schools of thought on the 9-7x. Purists don’t love it. Owners do. I thnk it’s filled the spot it was intended to admirably and the fact that it’s been the second best seller for Saab in the US since its release would seem to back that up. David E Davis at Winding Road is a purist, though: What we have here is the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS wearing Saab nomenclature. What we don’t have here is a Saab. That’s the first sentence of the review and it pretty […]

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More wheel refurbishment by DB

Local Saab nut, Drew B, is a practiced hand with the spraygun. He refurbished the wheels on my Viggen last year and right now he’s working on a set of Shelby Minilites for Saabill. The wheels have been machined and polished on the rim, the black undercoat has been applied and now its time for the top coat. I’m not sure which of Bill’s cars will get these ones (let’s just say he’s got a lot to choose from) but I’m sure they’re going to look superb. No big writeup on these, but if you’re thinking of painting your wheels […]

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Detroit Thoughts – pt 1

In two weeks time I’ll be well on my way to Los Angeles, where I’ll be spending a day prior to heading further north to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. From sleepy hollow to the epicenter of the motoring business in the US. There’ll be a show to see, but I don’t imagine I’ll be spending all of my time there. The 9-4x concept unveiling will, of course, be really important for Saab’s future and that’ll be covered in full. I’ll get all the pictures I can and find out every last detail about the car and […]

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Thursday Snippets

As you may know, Saab USA are offering free Aero Academy driving courses to the first 100 Turbo-X customers in the US. I’m reliably told that as of December 22, there were 73 slots left out of 100. So is that reflecting slower sales of the car, or a slow uptake of the Aero Academy course, which I’m told is well-worth the price of an airfare to Atlanta? —— Korean design has featured here before. This isn’t about a GM-run design show, but it features some Saab stuff nonetheless. This is from a design school in Korea and some of […]

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Christmas at Hirsch 2007

Hirsch Performance are going to welcome 2008 with a new, updated logo! I imagine this will be the new badge adorning Hirsch modified vehicles next year. —— A little while ago, TS readers were invited to participate in a poll to decide on a new 19-inch wheel design from Hirsch. The results were such that there was no real clear winner in the poll, so Hirsch have decided to go back to the drawing board and come up with some new designs. The poll wasn’t wasted however. Through the poll, Hirsch came into contact with a former wheel designer for […]

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BioPower vs Gasoline real world mileage test

Here’s something some might be interested in. It’s always difficult to get definite figures on BioPower mileage as there are factors involved like the mix of fuel etc. So what we end up with is the 30% rule of thumb (i.e. 30% reduced fuel economy). Vector220 drives a lot of rentals for his work (and he’s provided some comparos for us in the past on them, too), so with this in mind he decided to try comparing a 2008 Saab 9-3 BioPower with a regular gasoline-powered Saab 9-3 from 2007 in order to gauge the fuel consumption difference between the […]

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