Friday Snippets, New York Media edition

Things are still popping up all over the internet from the Victor Muller / Jan-Åke Jonsson show tour through New York. Those guys (along with Mr. Colleran and Ms. Tinson) must be absolutely exhausted.  I know that Swade is always saying that Victor Muller has no “off” switch, but these constant appearances are grueling for everyone.

Click to watch Messrs. Muller and Jonsson on CNN Money.

VM and JAJ on CNN Money


I don’t know Matthew DeBord.  I was unfamiliar with his writings until today.  He has a blog called Shifting Gears published on a financial website here in the United States.  His writing credits include the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Mr. DeBord is a fellow Saab enthusiast, and he’s interested in creating a montage of stories behind the Saabs purchased during the dark times of model year 2009.  So, if you bought a Saab in 2009, please give him your story.  He’s offering some swag for the best of the lot, so sharpen your pencils.


From comes this review of the 2010 Saab 9-5.

Their contributions to the conversation are thus:

This is one seriously handsome car, and it should inspire plenty of customers to visit a Saab dealership for the first time. The cabin is equally uncluttered, though perhaps a little too empty looking for some people. I personally like the faux jet-fighter ambiance which, at best, brings to mind Saab’s roots in aviation. At worst, the dash is too dark, and could do with a few more bits of aluminum trim to liven things up.

Saab estimates the Aero’s 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time at 6.9 seconds, which is peppy but not pulse-quickening fast. There is very little engine noise and the 6-speed automatic did well to keep up with my driving demands, especially when quickly switching from aggressive driving to a leisurely pace. The ride was nicely controlled, yet the brakes could use a firmer bite when really pushing hard on them.

Mildly positive.  WARNING:  He uses the “q” word.


Finally, our new-found friend, Ms. Liz Claman of Fox Business News, claims to be a Saab lover in her cheery blog entry encapsulating her recent feature on the new Saab 9-5.  She signs it “Liz “Always-wanted-a-Saab-but-never-got-one” Claman”.  Works for me.  Ms. Claman:  You know where to find us.  It’s never too late to follow your dream.

Note to Saab Cars North America:  You have a potential spokesperson there.  Just sayin’.


Post Script:  I’ve thought about Jan-Willem Vester many times this week and I must say that even though I didn’t know him as well as others may have, I miss him and I am saddened that he’s not around to see the new 9-5 and all of the buzz surrounding this car.  He has a small part of each of these cars to his credit.  J-dub, you are missed.

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