Friday Night Snippets – my own bed edition

Northern Tasmania was absolutely stunning, but geez it’s good to be home.
I drive through one stretch of around 30km this morning that was totally covered in fog. You couldn’t see more than about 80 meters ahead.
This poor weather might explain yesterday events. In 2008, there were 40 Tasmanians who died on the state’s roads.
Yesterday, Thursday July 9, there were nine people killed in one day in car accidents.
You can rest easy, your Saab is safe.
These sort of things, like celebrity deaths, tend to happen in threes. First there was Kaylan’s 9000 on fire, then the Saab 900 convertible fire, and for those who haven’t seen it yet, there’s now been a 9-3 SportCombi lost to a fire.
The prime suspect in the cause of the fire is an iPod Nano, possibly planted by a recovering Steve Jobs to stop all this “Saab being the Apple of the car industry” talk.
As pointed out in comments to the article, and by Dave R in an email, it’s a little surprising that the materials inside the car weren’t a little more fire resistant to what may have been a slow starting fire.
Saab have a long history of accident investigation in order to make benefit glorious state of Saab safety, so here’s hoping they take some material samples out of this car for the future.
The Washington Times has a good review of the 2009 Saab 9-3 with XWD.

I want to be in a car that is capable of avoiding a crash, and that gives the edge to the 2009 9-3 sedan with the Cross-Wheel Drive, which also features ABS and ESP. Based on that system alone, the $41,885 is a worthwhile investment, as the 9-3 is offering today what’s likely to be the wave of the future.

I know the Jaguar XF has been lauded since it’s release, but except for the rear view, I’ve got to say I’m not a big fan.
But today, images of the new Jaguar XJ have come out and finally, after years and years, we seem to have a Jaguar sedan that doesn’t look like a Ford.
Is this proof positive that what used to be considered unconventional ownership of a car company, can work?
I’m an old Jag fan, ever since my Dad gave me a book on the back in the early 1980s. I used to sit in class and draw the classic XJ front. I even agreed to purchase an old XJ bac in late 1994, though I backed out of the deal (which was a good move).
Tomorrow I’ll be photographing car parts.
At last, I get a real chance to get enthused abou the Monte. Depending on my mechanic’s schedule, I should hopefully have a very different Monte this time next week!

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