1. For the past few days, I’ve had the privilege of driving a 2005 SAAB 9-7x 4.2i as my dealership demo. This is one of those vehicles that made a difference for SAAB during the lean years. And as you may recall, the 9-7x is the only Ohio-built SAAB. That makes it special to people like me who grew up in Ohio. This particular one is nicely equipped with leather, heated seats and a ceiling mounted DVD player. So, as you can imagine, this is an ideal vehicle for our family. It’s nice to be in a SAAB again. P.S. After you buy this vehicle, please buy the house next door. It needs some help.
2. I stopped at a local SAAB dealership to see their solitary 9-5. When I stopped before work, the showroom doors were locked. So, I only got a glimpse through the window. My first impression was that it was small and stubby, sort of like a Chrysler 300. But for some reason it also reminded me of a Jaguar. I like both of those vehicles, so take that as a compliment. Later that day, I stopped over for a hands-on experience and pictures. The car is well built and after sitting in it, it again reminded me of a Jaguar XJ-Series. The front seat fit me like a glove. There’s not too much room or too little. It was just right—like a cockpit. I especially liked the look of the speedometer. I’ve never seen a design like that. The salesman told me that a few curiosity seekers have stopped by, but no serious buyers. He also mentioned that he had not driven it yet. Hmm?
3. SAAB announced today that they have signed an agreement with BMW to use the 1.6L BMW gasoline engines.