I visited Norway with my parents 25 years ago, or so. It was our first time ever in Norway. We visited areas around Stavanger and Bergen. My ancestors lived near Vik and Stadheim in Sogn og Fjordane. (My mother’s family name here in the U.S. is “Stime” and we think that is because when they came to America they said they were from Stadheim and…[Read more]
Congratulations on your new red 9-5!
Although my ancestors came from Norway, I have not been there in about 25 years. When I was last there it was summer, but perhaps I did not go far enough north to still see snow in July!
I also read an article recently that said that whether an EV is “greener” than an IC vehicle is a function of what the electric power plans in your region use to generate electricity. I believe that China (like many parts of the US) primarily uses coal-fired plants to generate electricity. So, unless China is planning to make big moves to…[Read more]
GM never knew what to do with Saab. So much so that when finances were tight, they just wanted to shut it down. What makes you think they would know what to do with Saab now, especially when it would take LOTS of money to come up with a new design to build, test and sell?
Recent reports here in the US are saying that GM is losing ground again…[Read more]
I like and admire the Tesla technology also, but the range of a Tesla, as currently built is just not practical to be my daily driver and a Tesla is too expensive a car to have just for fun…at least for me. I do think electric cars do have a future for those where the range is adequate, but I an still trying to figure out what car to get after…[Read more]
maanders commented on the post, Press Release: Nevs grows with two Chinese strategic part owners 3 months, 1 week ago
You cannot call Muller “the main thief”. If he/Spyker had not fought to buy Saab when GM wanted to shut it down, GM would have continued and shut Saab down at that point (just like they did with Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer). Victor Muller was not successful trying to keep Saab going, but he is hardly a “thief”.
I love all the remarkable engineering that goes into Koenigsegg cars! This video only hints at what is involved. If you have not seen the Drive series of videos where Christian takes you through each major system of the car and how they design and manufacture it….you need to watch those also. Truly amazing!
I like the idea of an article from time to time that goes into some detail (perhaps with photos!) of how to handle a general Saab maintenance issue, but I do not think the main blog entry part of SU should turn into a general “how to” section for fixing our Saabs. There are already several other sites that specialize in that and in today’s world…[Read more]
This is a good list. If you read about the history of Saab design choices and design innovations, it was all about the a balance between building a “drivers car” while maintaining safety, reliability in all weather, distinctive styling, maximizing power (turbo) out of smaller, efficient engines, and practicality (hatch, sportcombi, etc.). Since…[Read more]
maanders commented on the post, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg saved Saab once 12 months ago
Tim, you said that “…the government lost an insane amount of money….., not only by being forced to take over Saab Parts (Orio)…”. I understand the part about the Swedish government lost money paying out unemployment benefits, but I thought the whole point about Saab Parts at the time was it was the one part of Saab that was still…[Read more]
maanders commented on the post, The rumors are flying around regarding the brand name… 1 year, 1 month ago
I doubt Saab AB wants to get into car manufacturing again, even on a niche basis. I would not be surprised, however, if Saab AB wants to be very sure that the types of vehicles planned to be built and sold under the Saab brand by NEVS plus new investors are still going to be cars that Saab AB feels will not damage their brand. That seems a very…[Read more]
Just in the last few weeks I have seen VW ads on TV touting the fact that VW turbo 4 engines offer the benefit of power and torque keeping the car fun to drive while also fuel efficient. It was a bit sad to think that if Saab were still active and viable now, they could run ads welcoming the rest of the automotive world to the values Saab had…[Read more]
maanders commented on the post, Mahindras plan for SAAB during the bidding process in 2012 1 year, 1 month ago
I believe that is correct. The 9-4X will not come back.
Mahindra already sells tractors in North America (I hear ads on the radio frequently). Back before NEVS bought Saab, there was talk that the Mahindra was looking for a way to get an auto dealership foothold in the U.S. and Saab might be that way.
maanders commented on the post, This time, BMW got it right – Lightweight, powerful, fuel efficient i8 1 year, 2 months ago
Interesting. I wonder if the first model with that will be called the Marinara?
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