Monday Night Snippets

Tonsilitis sucks.

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It’s not Saab related, but this is the coolest father/son project I’ve seen in a long time (maybe ever): Flying an iPhone to 100,000 feet with the camera running – and then getting it back again!

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There have been a few Saab road tests popping up online in the last few days, several which have been mentioned in comments but I’ll bring them here to the front page anyway.

The Daily Mail in Britain had a Saab 9-5 review that read quite well, albeit coming from a celebrity chef. The guy’s name is James Martin and he thinks Saab from the 1970’s on were ugly (the 900 is ugly?) but all’s not lost:

If you’re in the market for a new saloon this is a great option. It’s cheaper than comparable German motors and just as good, in my mind. The Swedes have had their problems, but this should put them back on the map.

Maybe there should be more chefs rating cars in the UK. Saab haven’t had too many favours from the regular motoring press 🙂

Swedish paper, Svenska Dagbladet, has published a test of the new low-emissions Saab 9-3 TTiD. This engine’s going to mean a lot of sales in Sweden, I think.

Diesel 180 horses and 400 Nm makes the 9-3 good. Even before the car was a scale movable class but in the previous version was diesel motorn not exactly fun. With the new engine, which is fully in class with, for example, Volvo or BMW’s two-liter diesel engines, is 9-3 remains competitive.

They give the car four stars (and it might be out of six, I’m unsure).

Here’s an interesting one that a couple of people have emailed me about in the last few days (thanks Daniel and Kai).

What’s the one engine that Saab could really benefit from in Europe? If you answered a V6 diesel, you’d be correct.

A company in Sweden called Sintercast has just started casting blocks for a new VM Motori V6 diesel. It’ll be available for use from MY2011, though there’s no mention of who’ll be using it. The engine makes 240hp and 550 torques, so it would be an ideal offering for a 9-5 or 9-4x in Europe.

Fingers crossed.

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A great photo, from Robin M on Flickr.

Saab 95 closeup

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If you like the image below, there’s plenty more of it at SaabActu

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Stay tuned……

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