Saab and Spyker together at Tynan’s Saab, CO

I got some great images in today from Sean Tynan at Tynan’s Saab in Fort Collins, CO.
It seems their foresight – read below – has given them a little marketing jump. Here’s the story on how they came to have the rolling stock in place to take these images:

We have a 2008 Spyker C8 Laviolette finished in Champion Silver Exterior with Full Quilted Tropicana Leather Interior, Brushed & Turned Aluminum Dash, and Full Options sitting on our Saab Showroom Floor.
This particular unit was used by Mr. Victor Muller and Spyker Cars North America as their National Press Car for 2008/2009. This car had an original MSRP of almost $240,000.00 dollars US, and it is a rolling piece of artwork! We were very fortunate to aquire this car about 60 days ago just prior to Victor Muller and Spyker Cars pursuit of the Saab Brand!
I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Muller and spend several hours with him in Denver back in early October of last year. He was on his way to a wedding in Aspen and he was kind enough to carve out some time for me. After our meeting I came away very impressed with Victor, Spyker and their incredible bespoke automobiles.
We then decided to aquire a Spyker to offer for sale in the Rocky Mountain area since currently there is no Spyker dealer in Colorado, and I am pleased to say we were able to obtain this very unique and special automobile!

And here are the images – a classic Black Turbo along with it’s new stablemate, a Silver Spyker C8 Laviolette.

GM up to their old tricks – plan possible re-badge of Saab 9-5

Some things never change.
I can tell you quite positively that GM are negotiating a sale of Saab, but it seems their plan B is to just take the 9-5, shove a different badge on it and sell it as something else.
The story is at and here’s a snippety Googletrans:

According to Dagens Industri’s sources, GM is planning to use the new Saab 9-5: an own model program, including a future Buick in the U.S.. GM is also in a letter to Saab’s sub-contractors have estimated the time of closure of Saab to five years.
There are sources in Saab Automobile in the Dagens Industri – DI – indicates that GM now see positive opportunities to closure of Saab. By making use of Saab’s technology, tools and production equipment for GM use the new 9-5: an – that would be launched in the spring – to a future Buick in the U.S..
In the GM is also talk of exploiting Saab technology for the production of a new premium car for Opel, “says DI’s sources. It would then be about the reopening of the closed trial with an Opel Senator in Europe.

Shakespeare couldn’t even document the full bastardry these beancounters are capable of.

New Saab Television commercial released!

While Swade’s snoozing the day away (at least from the Western Hemisphere point of view), this little jewel dropped into my text inbox via Twitter. You could do worse than to follow SaabNewsroom on the world’s most ubiquitous social network.

The official Saab website has this description:

Saab TV Ad – Changing perspective
We proudly present our latest TV commercial. Part of the Changing perspective campaign that launches the new Saab 9-3X. Great soundtrack from the Swedish singer Asha Ali called Time is now!

I like it on first glance. I still wish for a stronger technology edge, but I’ll admit my engineering orientation biases my opinions about such things.
It appears that Saab is continuing the use of white and images of the creative process as an advertising “language” if such a thing exists. I am pleased with that.
Comments are open and welcome. Swade: Opine, dear sir.

Saab vs Audi vs BMW

Here’s a chart. An interesting chart.
Buy the Audi for badge value only. No other reason stacks up, if you ask me (with the possible exception where the car’s interior is the only thing in the world that matters to you – and even that’s subjective)
Saab Audi BMW

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