Saturday Night Snippets – smashed edition

Here’s an unfortunate circumstance that highlights another issue that Saab are dealing with as they get up to speed once again.

This is Nicolas D’s Saab 9-5. He lives in Belgium and his new Saab is his pride and joy.

It’s a fully optioned TiD Vector with an automatic gear box. It was the first 9-5 on the roads in Belgium, with Nicolas taking possession back in July. He’s done just under 8,000kms since and absolutely loves it.

Unfortunately, it’s also the first Saab 9-5 in Belgium to be involved in an accident….

The problem?

The car is at the dealership awaiting repairs and the dealer isn’t able to give Nicolas an expected date for the fix. The dealer is unable to get parts at this point as spare body parts aren’t available yet, apparently.

Thanks to Nicolas for the email, and I really hope you can get your new toy back on the road soon!

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Beijing Automotive are looking to get their new 9-3-based vehicle, called the C60, out in Chinese showrooms by the end of 2011.

BAIC’s C60, which is based on the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, will come with 2.0LT and 2.3T engines of which the 2.0T will be available in four models. It is unlikely that many changes will be made to the car’s body and appearance.

The C60 will be euipped with the anti-skid brake system (ABD), electronic brake distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (EPS), traction control system (TCS), electric seat with memory function, Global Position System,bluetooth / car phone, cruise-control system and so on.

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Here’s something I’d love to see more of…..

Peugeot have released a new coupe in the Australian market this week. It’s called the RCZ and it looks distinctive, to say the least.

You can read more about the RCZ at Australia’s newest motoring website – At The Wheel.

What I really like about this release is the pricing policy. The RCZ is available with three different engine configurations, with both diesel and petrol options available. The good news for people looking at the RCZ is that they don’t have to miss out on their preferred engine because of cost.

All three models of the RCZ cost the same – $54,990.

The pick of the bunch would seem to be the 1.6T petrol, with a pretty decent 200hp under the hood.

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Video via Saab Cars Official:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r26gSALqm8

Peugeot 3008 pinches some cockpit inspiration

We’re yet to see what sort of aeronautical goodies, if any, that Saab might pack into the new Saab 9-5 or 9-4x next year.
But another manufacturer with a new vehicle about to hit the road has got the jump on Saab and has included a reasonably 9-4x-ish interior with some “born from jets” touches.
The vehicle is the Peugeot 3008 and like the 9-4x, it’s intended as a soft-roader and is due for release in the near term.
I’m not so fond of the application of Peugeot’s cat-like styling to the front. I don’t think it stands up anywhere near as well as Saab’s adaptation of the Aero-X language to the taller 9-4x.
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Inside the car, they’ve got an interior that reminded me a lot of the 9-4x in terms of the general shape of the center stack, etc. The grab-handle’s a nice touch, though I wonder if it’ll fit the car’s intended use (more likely to be speed bumps in shopping center car parks than outdoor trails).
It does manage to look fairly rugged, doesn’t it? And pay particular attention to the little slip of clear plastic in front of the steering wheel.
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Here’s that little slip of plastic as a feature photo.
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It’s a heads-up display, though not as many other manufacturers do it. Others tend to beam information on to the windscreen in front of the driver. This system is perhaps a little more jet-like in that it direct information on that little screen, which is closer to the driver and doesn’t take up much, if any, of the driver’s road vision
It’s a nice, clever touch. And to think that Saab were the company born from aviation. Peugeot should be working on the car’s pedals and chains, shouldn’t they?
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Thanks Ken!

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