Friday Snippets – Red J edition

This is my first snippets edition, let’s see what I found.

For the Canadian Saab fans:

The first Saab to arrive in Edmonton is expected to arrive next week. It will be an Independence Day convertible. Other “normal” Saabs are expected to arrive in Edmonton mid-April.

Saab Canada is telling a different Story about the dealer in Edmonton.

One dealership in Edmonton is selling high-line certified used vehicles and doing a booming business in import service, as well as carrying the new Saab line-up.

Source: The Edmonton Journal, Autonet

For the US American Saab fans:

Saab is having really interesting incentives in February in the US for the 2010 Models, upp to $7,000 for a 2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible.

Source: Autoloaddaily

For the Rally fans:

Saab’s friend and rally enthusiast Vladimir Antonov said to have cleared North One Sport’s (a WRC team) outstanding debt and is providing significant investment for the future.

So people are starting to speculate if this means the return of Saab to Rally racing, maybe next year.

I think, not with the current cars and not next year.

Source: Rallybuzz

For the Swedish Saab fans:

BIL Sweden County and Municipal distributed statistics for January 2011 shows that diesel cars with carbon emissions of up to 120 g / km dominate green car market. In Stockholm County, every newly registered clean car in January, a diesel-powered “120-gram down”. While losing both ethanol cars and gas vehicles market.

Better translation thanks to Börjesson:

In Stockholm County, every second newly registered clean car in January was a diesel-powered “120-grammer”. At the same time, both ethanol cars and gas cars are losing market shares.

BIL Swedens läns- och kommunfördelade statistik för januari 2011 visar att dieselbilar med koldioxidutsläpp på max 120 g/km dominerar på miljöbilsmarknaden. I Stockholms län var varannan nyregistrerad miljöbil i januari en dieseldriven ”120-grammare”.Samtidigt tappar både etanolbilar och gasbilar marknadsandelar.

I think there is indeed a reason for a sub 120g Saab Wagon.

Source: Bil Sweden

For the BioPower fans:

There is a fascinating article at just-auto explaining why bio-ethanol days of glory are already history in Europe.

I think the last 2 paragraphs tell the hole story.

A spokesperson for Renault, which now sells more FFVs in Europe than any other carmaker, told just-auto that “what is clearly lacking is a stable EU policy environment that delivers a clear and consistent signal to industry.” Meanwhile, Jonathan Nash, Managing Director of Saab Great Britain is clear about what he thinks are some of the reasons behind such inconsistencies: “There has always been a high level of government policy sensitivity around biofuels. This scepticism has been caused in part by the powerful anti-biofuels lobby, while the lack of credible well-to-wheel certification for biofuels’ emissions also makes policy makers ambivalent towards them.”

Whatever the reasons, it is clear that biofuels continue to divide opinion on a major scale in Europe. The fact though, that Europe’s policy makers are as confused as the general public about them is helping no one.

Source: Just-Auto

If I’ve forgotten somebody please rise your hand!

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Red J, I posted elsewhere that the guys at Springman’s here in Vancouver (well Langley) put a posting on their Facebook page that they sold a $70000 9-5 Aero. Some lucky person is driving around in her as we speak. Jealous? Me? Hell yeh!! Congratulations to Jason and his sales team! 🙂

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Actually, Rob was the salesman! Nice commission there I hope for you Rob. 😉

Börjesson
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Börjesson
5 years 7 months ago

The googletrans of that Bil Sweden story was worse than usual. The last two sentences should read:

In Stockholm County, every second newly registered clean car in January was a diesel-powered “120-grammer”. At the same time, both ethanol cars and gas cars are losing market shares.

benrp
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benrp
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like Red J will fill Swades shoes quiet well (as well as one can).

900_S
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900_S
5 years 7 months ago

Congrats on your first ‘Snippets’ post, Red J! Well done! 😀

Mike900
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Mike900
5 years 7 months ago

Some fine snippets Red J… Nice work 🙂

Rune
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Rune
5 years 7 months ago

Nice convertible pictured in the just-auto article. A bit disheartening read for us BioPower fans, but I remain optimistic.

Mailr
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Mailr
5 years 7 months ago

There was a story in SvD (swedish: http://www.svd.se/opinion/brannpunkt/dodsstot-eller-renassans-for-etanolbilen_5951971.svd ) which concludes that blending in 10% ethanol in regular fuel basically kills E85 in EU, because of tax reasons. There is also an official reference in the story that the Swedsih goverment will drop the tax breaks for ethanol cars soon.

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 7 months ago

I would be happy to read more of what Vladimir is about to do in WRC rallying. I know the historic part for obvious reasons building yet another 2-4 99 Turbos.

Red J
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5 years 7 months ago

Isn’t it better if you ask him?

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago
Good to see you taking over this site step by step, Great Red J. I think it´s a pitty that Bio Power E85 is “out in the cold”, cant stop thinking of the 9-X Air/Bio Hybrid that Saab showed in 2008. Everybody knows that a E85 consume more fuel than ordinary(fuel) but the engine in the consept car had so great features. 1,4L/200hp 0,65 in E85 and 0,49 in ordinary fuel (175hp). The thing they did were that they built the engine for E85 in hte first place. But all that have stopped and EU doesen´t know which leg they… Read more »
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