It is Friday 5pm. I’ve attended a work seminar at a hotel outside town and I need to drive 330 km to get home.
There were two alternatives for me to get to the border. Either go back through the city and stay on the highway, or take the shortest route through the country side (60 km vs 80 km).
Had it not been for the traffic, this particular road would have been a blast to drive. It was twisty and the speed limit was sometimes set up to make the ride near interesting. However, at 5pm the locals were not where they were supposed to be – at home. No, they were all lined up in front of my car, adding further delay to my progress.
The time added to my trip allowed my thoughts to wander a bit more than usual. At one point, I noticed that the main part of the queue was actually pulling away from us. An older Mercedes was unable or unwilling to keep pace, and the road was too twisty to allow slower vehicles to safely overtake him. It was time for me to demonstrate the power of the mighty 9000. My 9000 is probably as old as that Mercedes, but the 9000 was built as a modern car and is more than just a mere heap of metal on wheels.
As I whipped past the three cars separating us, I noticed the Mercedes coughed out a big black plume of smoke. Not only was that Mercedes slower, less safe and uglier, it was also polluting much more. The difference needs not to be measured, as it was clearly visible to the naked eye. I briefly considered calling the air traffic controllers in the nearby airport and issue a volcano warning, but the heavy particles in its exhaust seemed to stay fairly close to the ground.
Saab have been making environmentally friendly cars for decades now. Don’t believe me?
spikeieos e-mailed us earlier this month with the following tale:
I recently purchased a low mileage 1992 classic 900 from this older gentleman who could no longer drive. Its got somewhat of a smelly tail pipe and I was worried about the car passing emissions. I ran the car long and hard to make the catalytic converter nice and hot and went by my local emissions place. I live in New Mexico, USA. Our emissions are not terribly stringent to say the least: all cars from 1975 and on must meet the same low emissions standards. I waited with anticipation until I got my results and the guy had a funny look on his face. I asked him if I passed and got a “well YEAH! Your car pollutes about the same as a Toyota Prius.” I was sort of shocked to hear my almost 20 year old car with the original catalytic converter would be so low. I know if you look at other aspects of how this car pollutes I am sure its bad, and I have read threads on SaabCentral about people in California having issues passing. But I was happy to see that for what my state considers important on certain pollution aspects this car is very green.
Which of course reminded me of Saab’s promotional video for the trionic system. If you ever wondered what would happen if you hooked up the Saab 92 to the 9000’s intake manifold… Well, you need look no further:
(An old story for the enjoyment of new readers)