It’s-good-to-be-back-online Snippets

The April Fools Day jokes are coming out thick and fast on the automotive interwebs today.
The Autoextremist is now going to head up a new Chinese motoring consortium that’ll swallow both GM and Chrysler, called Fu-king Motors.
Swedish tuning company BSR have a new electric assist motor that they can attach to your car for an extra 30hp.
And with just 59 days to go before bankruptcy restructuring, GM have a new car-buying incentive program they’re calling Total Confidence.
What? That last one isn’t a joke?
American Saab nuts considering a purchase at the moment (are you out there?) should read up on the tax break you can get on your 2009 income tax return if you bought/buy a qualifying car between Fenruary 16th and January 1st 2009.

The deduction is limited to the state and local sales and excise taxes paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of a qualified new car, light truck, motor home or motorcycle.
The amount of the deduction is phased out for taxpayers whose modified adjusted gross income is between $125,000 and $135,000 for individual filers and between $250,000 and $260,000 for joint filers.

I thought there might be a hitch on the “qualified new car” terminology, but it seems like the only limitations are the price and the qualifying purchase period.
So if you’re thinking of it, go see your local Saab dealer and make him/her smile.
Speaking of Saab dealers…..
After I noted that Justin Lin, the guy behind the new Fast and the Furious movie, drives a Saab, I got an email from Anthony R at Martin Cadillac/Saab of Beverley Hills.
Anthony’s the guy who put Justin Lin into his Turbo X last year and says that Justin chose the Turbo X in favour of a BMW 5-series, in large part because of the large number of Beemers already on the road in LA.
Thanks Anthony and hang in there, bud!
Any other dealers put a celeb in a Saab? Apparently Billy Gates drives one. Who sold that?
A Saab 9-3x spotted on Flickr.
That looks like the carpark just downslope from the Saab Museum to me.
I’m still catching up on all the news I’ve missed in the last few days due to living in a cave. I’ll hopefully get up to speed soon.