Friday night snippets – Autoblog edition

Autoblog have had a couple of good articles in the last few days. Often it’s just recycled press releases with a personalised intro, but these articles are worth a mention.

If it’s direct-injected and sold in America, it’s on this list is exactly what it says – a comprehensive list of DI cars for sale in the United States.
If you want a summary condemnation of the GM years, there it is. That Saab, with it’s premium nature and technologival base, were never given access to a DI engine from GM seems beyond reason.
Actually, that list is at Winding Road, but I found it through Autoblog.

Autoblog also cover a NYT article on the necessity of systems like BLIS system developed by Volvo and used by Ford.
This system detects when something’s in the driver’s blind spot and sounds a warning to let the driver know.
I can see why the safety nannies at Volvo developed it and I can even see how some cars make use of it. But I also see many of these gadgets and gizmos as being the devil’s tools for making more and more lazy drivers.
I know I’m probably in the minority here, but just give me a machine I can engage, please. All I need is central locking, power windows and power steering. The rest (incl air) is just added weight.
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Help was sought and help was received!
The last few days, I’ve been asking people to assist Tasmania Saabnut Drew B in dressing up the Saab 900 V6 that he’s going to use as a mobile advirtisement for the spare parts business he’s running on the side.
J-Fan has risen to the occasion with a very good design idea:
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That might be a little larger than what Drew was thinking, but the idea is right on the money IMHO.
I particularly like the idea for the design on the hood:
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Of course, this livery was inspired by the early Saab 900 Pikes Peak car, which was auctioned earlier this year by General Motors.
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I’ve passed the idea on to Drew. We’ll see what happens, but I reckon there’s something worth exploring there.
Well done, J Fan and thanks for the efforts!
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This has been an extraordinary week both from a Saab blogging and from a day job point of view.
There have been a number of emails received that haven’t been covered on site yet, nor that have been responded to. My apologies for that. I will try to either cover or respond to everything in the next few days.
Thanks very much for the continued support, and thanks for your understanding.

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