Car show news – Shanghai and Frankfurt

Car shows are in somewhat of a decline this year with manufacturers pulling out of some shows (more on that below) and some shows having to be cancelled or postponed.
The Shanghai Motor Show is on at the moment and the press are currently fawning over the latest offerings from companies that we’l probably al be alot more familiar with in 5 or 10 years time.
Saab are at the Shanghai show, and Ying tracked down some photos of the Saab stand on a Chinese motoring forum (more shots here and here).
Click on the images to enlarge.
The Saab stand in the construction stages:
And then the vehicles arrive. Note those big 19-inch wheels, baby!!

The red sedan is a Hirsch edition vehicle. Yes, apparently Hirsch is available in China. If you can’t get it in your market, write to your national Saab organisation and tell them you want what the Chinese have got and that your nation’s continued superpower status depends on it!!
I love the fingerprint idea. Very good.
…..and the details. Note the Hirsch badge in the grille.
Also showing at the Shanghai Motor Show is the Buick Regal 2.0T.
Looks kinda Saaby from the side and I’m sure it is kinda Saaby in some ways. It’s built on Epsilon II, so I’m sure it will have similarities to the 2010 Saab 9-5. Except it has a variant of the 2.0T engine that’s long overdue for Saab – the direct injection version.
From Autoblog:

According to our compatriots over at Autoblog Simplified Chinese, the Opel Insignia-based model features the company’s 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, tuned to give 162 kW of power (217 horsepower) and 350 Nm of torque (258 pound-feet). That’s sufficient gusto to get the General Motors sedan to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and on to a healthy top whack of 232 kmh (144 mph).

I think this move into Saab’s space by Buick is one of the reasons GM North America don’t mind the idea of spinning off Saab.
What Saab need to do, though, is get access to that DI engine. Same capacity, more power and better economy. It’s like it was made for a Saab and I’m sure Saab’s engineers could make it even better. Imagine it as a BioPower engine!
Thanks Tedjs!
Frankfurt Motor Show
Chevrolet have announced they’re pulling out of exhibiting at the Frankfurt Motor Show, citing the fact that money’s tight and they have no new models to show.
Automotive News say that Saab, Hummer, Cadillac and Opel are all still due to appear. They also note that it costs around $1million to get a stand together at the show.
Open are a gimme given that it’s their home turf. Cadillac are a gimme becuase GM’s dumb like that. It’s encouraging to see Saab are still on the schedule as that means that the 2010 Saab 9-5 is still projected to show, unhindered by current upheaval.
The one that’s a bit of a mystery is Hummer. Why would they show Hummer there? There are no new Hummers are there?
GM may as well just give me a million dollars. I’ll fly over there and show everyone who passes by an old 12-inch vinyl record by Milli Vanilli. It’s more likely to be bought than a Hummer in the current climate.

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