Leave it to XM Sirius to announce another specialty radio station with some seriously specific demographics targeted. The service has just announced an all-Monty-Python-all-the-time radio station that, in our opinion, might just be too much peril. It beats listening to political pundits beating up on each other we suppose, but we still await the day that Sirius XM offers the in-car radio equivalent of SPEED... and the NASCAR channel doesn't count.
Read the full press release for further details after the click.
Our man George is on the ground in Geneva and has reported back with a gallery of images straight from the Saab booth. Naturally, there are up-close pictures of the 9-3X, including one in a very outdoorsy green metallic. There are 29 pictures in all for today. The full gallery can be seen here.
January 21, 2009
GM COO Names the General's Four Core Brands: Saab, Saturn and Pontiac Not on List
Automotive News via Motor Trend is reporting on a speech by GM COO Fritz Henderson spoke on the future of GM and that four brands (Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick) represent the company's American strategy. Of Saab he stated, “Saab is not a U.S. strategy.” More after the jump.
Just in case you find yourself stuck in extra jammed DC traffic next week or simply find yourself in your XM-equipped Saab during next week's presidential inauguration, you can keep track of the ceremonies via a veritable plethora of channels - from Oprah local weather and traffic. More in the press release from Sirius XM after the jump.
January 9, 2009
Automotive News Piece Says No Buyers for Saab, CNN Money Publishes Story Refuting the Rumor
Yesterday Automotive News (via TrollhattanSaab) published a story siting a source at GM who claimed there were few takers for Saab in the internal review going on about the Swedish brand and other lagging marques in the GM portfolio. Today, a source of CNN Money said that's not the case. Our guess: It's a bit early to be making any clear statements in this regard.
UK-based CAR Magazine has published an article considering the idea of Saab BioPower and the future of bioethanol in general. Of course, Sweden is big on the technology as is sugar-rich Brazil, but what about the rest of the world? CAR's Sarah-Jayne Harrison weighs in. More after the jump.
January 8, 2009
This Morning's Today Show Interviews GM's Rick Wagoner
There's no Saab content here, but the state of GM is important to the state of Saab. Today's Matt Lauer interviews Rick Wagoner, inquires about calls for his resignation by congressman and even test drives the Chevy Volt. More after the jump.
January 8, 2009
GM May Not Need Any More Loans Than They Currently Have Says Bloomberg
Light at the end of the tunnel? Could be. Bloomberg is reporting that GM has said it has enough government loans to cover its worst-case scenario forecast in the USA. If the economy holds up, they may not need to return to the well. More after the jump.
General Motors has dropped more photos and details of the new 2010 Cadillac SRX - Caddy's new crossover that shares the GM TE chassis set with the Chevrolet Equinox and, more importantly on these pages, the upcoming Saab 9-4x. If we were impressed by the Equinox, we're moreso with the Cadillac as it shows even more upscale potential for TE. All-wheel drive isn't termed XWD as it is at Saab (and Haldex), but the descriptive text sounds the same. Read the press release for the TE-based SRX after the jump, and don't miss the associated gallery of photos.
Earlier this week we revealed details of the General Motors TE chassis-based Chevrolet Equinox in the form of photos and initial PR details. Like the Equinox, the upcoming Cadillac SRX shares a corporate chassis component set with the upcoming Saab 9-4x. Details beyond the direct injection V6 of the SRX remain unknown until the car drops at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but GM's given everyone a sneak peek with a video we found over on our sister publication Motive Magazine.
Saab's OE supplier for all-wheel drive systems Haldex has received an award for the XWD system. The 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Automotive Chassis Product Innovation Award was presented to the OE supplier based on itsimportance to the market in regards to chassis control. Along with news of the prize, the accompanying release contains an appreciated degree of technical explanation for those who may not understand how the XWD system works, and specifically an explanation of how it differs from the standard Haldex system also found in products from Audi, Volkswagen, Volvo and Ford.
What's Turbonines doing reporting on a Chevy? Well, when said new Chevy is based on GM's new TE platform also to be used by the upcoming Cadillac SRX CUV and Saab 9-4x... well... we start to read between the lines.
Beyond its shared components, the Equinox also appears to be closer to the actual wheelbase footprint of the Saab and that peaks our interest as well. Much can be gleaned as much is expected to be shared. We've italicized and made bold portions like MPG figures for both new direct injection engines, multiflex adjustable rear seats, rear seat DVD, remote start, hard drive for radio audio content storage and more. Read the press release after the jump and check out a full gallery of released photography .
If you're stuck in your Saab en-route over the river and through the woods to or from holiday dinner or new year's eve gluttony, at least you can do so keeping track of the various bowl games if your ride is satellite radio equipped. Sirius XM have announced their bowl game schedule. Full press details after the jump.