I’m not quite awake, so be kind to me if what I write doesn’t make sense. 🙂
The Dalai Lama has visited Sweden lately, it seems that not only his car but also the escort were driving Saab.
I think this is good for Saab in Sweden, as the good guy can’t drive a gangsters car.
Otoh, the impact in China could be negative with their paranoia about that poor old man. Hope that intelligent people buying Saab in China do dare to think differently.
Last weekend, I was invited by Hirsch to a tuning event sponsored by Auto Bild Sports Car, a German magazine about the faster cars on the road. I was fascinated about the knowledge and most of all interest from the editor for such a magazine about Saab, a very positive thing.
On the other side the main stream release of Auto Bild here in Germany has tested the 9-5 against the A6 and the 5-series. And although I do accept what they say about Saab, but when a German magazine compares German cars with non-German cars, the result is always predictable.
The cars tested are
- the Audi A6 2.0TDI (177hp)
- the BMW 520d (184hp)
- the SAAB TTiD4 (190hp)
all manual, all 2WD.
To make it short, Saab made only the third and last positions, being the price (sorry but they put very strange options on the Saab) and the resale value big negative points on Saab side, as well as the 160 kg it has over the Audi.
A big question mark on my side is the harsh ride of the 9-5. They were testing the Aero with 19″ rims versus a BMW with 17″ rims and the Audi with 18″ rims. One week ago I did drive the 9-5 with the Hirsch 20″ rims and it didn’t feel harsh at all. Maybe it is what Mr. Lenherr from Hirsch told me, it is not about size but about weight and the nice Saab turbine wheels are quite heavy.
The bigger the unsprung mass , the harsher the ride.
Saab NL has used the AutoRAI auto show in Amsterdam to present the price list of the 9-5 SC for the Netherlands. The SC will be €2000,- above the Sedan, which means €44.950,- for the 1.6T Linear or €73.500,- for the Aero Turbo6.
People will be able to pre-order the 9-4x and the 9-5SC just after the auto show, and people pre-ordering a 9-5 SC till the end of may will get the SC for the price of a sedan.
And if some of our Dutch readers is willing to buy a 9-3 convertible independence edition, you should hurry up as there will be only 14 delivered to the Netherlands.
I know the whole cash flow thing is not over yet, but maybe its time to stop this “liar, incompetent, should have known” song. It’s time for Saab and Saabisti to concentrate on the future, as the future is much brighter as many think. The roller-coaster will continue till the sales data for 2013 are known, so if you like Saab, help it not to de-rail.
Ward’s Auto has announced their top 10 car interiors for 2011. No Saab is not among them but its nice to see other brands being influenced by Saab, like the way the glove-box of the Kia optima is being opened. (Jump to timecode 1:05)
Am I the only one that thinks that it is quite similar to the 9-3 mechanism?