When you have been one time in a motor show during the press days, you will never want to miss it again. It is not that it is only fun and lingonberry juice, but as this is more my hobby than a job, I enjoy every second I can be nearby a Saab car.
This said you can now imagine that I started planning my IAA visit on the trip home from the Geneva motor show.
This time everything was running much smoother than at Geneva. I know people in Frankfurt so it was no problem to find a place to stay without having to pay the ridiculously high hotel fees they ask during the IAA. I had no problem getting a press accreditation, and last week I received my press pass.
Yes, this time I was prepared, till yesterday. Yes I was hoping that this week will be the decision week and with the production already started by end of August Saab had many reasons to be there, and so did I. Yes I felt a little bit disappointed yesterday, but I do understand why they are doing it, and because they are doing it I feel more reassured that the Saab management won’t stop till the production can be restarted and maintained.
So I could spend two days in Frankfurt but although I’ve been there almost every time in the last 10 years or so, I now really don’t know if I should go there. Almost every brand has already shown what they are going to show at the IAA, and I can’t remember having heard of anything really spectacular being presented there. So, what would you do?
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The sales data for all the 36 markets we monitor is now been published. Some of you said that Saab would sell 800-900 cars this month, I said 1.100. The point goes to me as in August 1.020 Saabs have been registered.
These are the top 10 markets
Yes, I know that this statistic is of less importance, and the markets selling the most cars are the ones that have some in stock, but I like it.
Tomorrow is the day Kongsberg has been waiting for so long, nothing against Kongsberg, but the media have pushed this story so much that to me it sounds more like an Italian western, and tomorrow is high noon for Saab.
Many news sites are talking about it, but none of them, maybe I’m missing somebody, has said that Saab will have the money because of the transaction they did yesterday.
In the last days I had the opportunity to drive 2 Audis, an A5 and a Q5. Those are not bad cars, and the S-tronic DSG is a good gearbox, but the materials used in the interior are no better than the used in the current 9-5, nor is the finish.
What I saw and felt was hard plastic surfaces here and there and fake aluminium fake chrome and fake wood all the way. Those cars are not bad at all, but they are not better. I know they sell better but it is only because Audi is currently en Vogue.
And the fact that a high power A5 Sportsback with some extras is more expensive (in Germany) than an 9-5 Aero Turbo6 with all the extras you can have doesn’t make the Audi offer any better.