Real-life work is ganging up on me this week, so things might be slower than usual. Here’s a grab bag of stuff to keep you going while I try to stay cool and get things done, like my pal to the right.
Victor Muller has been in Detroit recently, wining and dining some local pundits there including the Detroit Free Press’ Mark “The Love” Phelan:
It’s anybody’s guess whether Saab will recover from its near-death experience this year, but the Swedish brand will soon have the strongest vehicle lineup in its 73-year history thanks to investments by former owner GM and ceaseless deal-making by new owner Victor Muller.
Hey, what’s 10 years between friends?
Muller expects Saab to be profitable when the new 9-3 arrives in 2012. “We sold 125,000 cars in 2007, when the model line consisted of a 10-year-old 9-5 and seven-year-old 9-3,” he said. “In 2012, we will have the broadest and newest model line in the company’s history, and our break-even point will be 80,000 to 85,000 sales.”
Hey, what’s 3 years between friends?
Date issues aside, it’s a good read. Nothing new there for the well travelled Saaber, but good to see Saab in the news in the Motor City.
And Victor looks cool in the photo, too.
I’ve heard that Saab have started an investigation into the Saab 9-5 that caught fire in Linkoping over the weekend. I’m keeping an ear to the ground but as suspected, the cause is thought to be a non-factory-authorised engine heater.
The Chevy Volt is a lot of things (to me, at least): a genuine breakthrough, stylistically dated, revolutionary, visually challenged.
But it does have a really cool and useful app.
Also from Saab Actu, a note that Saab France and moved to a new location. Nice spot. Cool.
Apparently Saab sponsored Manchester City back in the 1980s.
You can get this replica jersey from Kitbag. Retro-cool.
Saab will be showing an ad during Monday Night Football next week. Keep an eye out.
I’m not sure what game it’ll be, but it probably won’t be at the Metrodome in Minnesota, where conditions could be understated as being ….. cool.
A listing of 11 Ice Cold Scandinavian Cars, featuring a Koenigsegg and two Saabs. Should have been more. Ice Cold.
Finally, here’s an interesting read about some of the worst selling cars in the US.
Small cars aren’t doing so well, and the Subaru Tribeca (not a small car but one Saab could have built an SUV from a few years ago) gets some special unwanted attention at the bottom.