Tuesday Snippets – Time edition

Here is a very impassioned plea from one Saab fan to other Saab fans:

This is the hour to make a decision for our beloved little brand. To be or not to be – that is the question. We all know, the SAAB is a brand like NO OTHER. From a professional standpoint I wouldn’t give a dime for any other car company in a similar situation. But against all odds – there is ONE BIG CHANCE for SAAB. That’s why I wrote this letter to you:

Read the full text at SoonSaab. The author, named Radulf, is a regular here at SU.
I declined printing the full letter here as I can’t ask people to do something that I’m not in a position to do myself, but I hope there’s some more passionate people like him out there.
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I know the Swedish press are being conservative about the news, but the international press are all consistently reporting that Koenigsegg Group have the money and will be issuing news to this effect later in the week:

Koenigsegg Automotive, the high-performance sportscar maker, is poised to announce additional funding behind its purchase of Saab Automobile after weeks of uncertainty over the deal.
…..Officials at Saab and the Swedish government said Koenigsegg planned to announce a new financial plan in coming days that would plug the roughly €300m shortfall, without needing further government aid. “The remaining part of the financing problem has been solved,” said a Saab spokesman.

Yes, I’m keeping my ear to the ground. In classic Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon style, I will not think, just feeeeeeeeeel the news coming.
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I really like Time Magazine. I actually subscribed for a few years some time ago, but nowadays I only catch up with old editions in medical waiting rooms a few times a year.
Autoblog are covering a rather strange automotive list at Time Magazine. Their 10 most exciting cars of 2010.
No, the 2010 Saab 9-5 is not on the list. And it’s possibly a good thing. There’s some very average cars on there that might be good quality, but they’re hardly exciting and that makes for a list that’s wide open to mockery and disdain (which is exactly what’s happened).
The prime case in point – The Toyota Venza. Yes, it’s basically a Camry wagon.
New for 2010, but hardly exciting.
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Some great shots from the IntSaab meeting in the Netherlands last month……start here
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It seems the Dutch police force are having some problems with Volvo V50 police cars. The original article is from Autoweek.nl but I have a summary article in English, with thanks to Jeroen:

Volvo has every confidence in the brakes of the V50. The KLPD national police department, however, will temporarily stop using the car for chases and other fast driving.
Yesterday, various media reported that the National Police Agency has set the new Volvo V50 aside after a chase where burning brake pads were encountered.
“On the highway A20 the police went in pursuit with a V50 in which they had to brake frequently for regular drivers who [had not moved aside fully]. After the car had stopped on the right lane and the cooling of the brakes disappeared, there was a flame. The flame then disappeared and the brakes functioned normally again,”said the spokesman of the National Police Agency.
According to Volvo during the ride there was very extreme circumstances. Following this incident, the police decided not to work with the V50 for high speed chases and trips to attend accidents. It should not be driven faster than 140 km / h. The so-called Prion-1 rounds, where the heavy work to be performed are provisionally reserved for the V70’s.
“We had the V50 D5’s with their 185 horsepower diesel just purchased to take over the functions of the V70. Fortunately we have forty V70’s ride, “said the National Police Agency.
Only when a solution is found, the V50 gets back its original functions.

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