A reporter from Sweden's Automobil was returning a Saab 9-5 to the factory in Trollhatten when he stopped at a gas station to fill the tank. And what there did he spy with his little eye? A 9-3 Sedan being pulled up to the pumps, and in the back of that 9-3 was a trunk full of batteries. When the car was started, he realized that in the front of that 9-3 was a diesel engine. This has all led to speculation that Saab has picked up its previous work on a diesel hybrid engine.
Saab pride! Even if you own a Ford or Chevy, you tend to have a sense of pride in the brand, or at least would flat-out refuse to set your left cheek in the driver's seat of your competitor's brand. Therefore, as a Saab owner, I get excited to hear any nifty tidbit of information about the brand, and here's some good news.
We have reported on Saab's BioPower vehicles before, but not this one is particular. It is a new concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show. The vehicle uses no fossil fuels at all during operation. It runs on 100 percent ethanol, and because of that it gets more power than its gasoline powered equivalent. However, the trade off, of course, is that because it uses ethanol only, the engine alone provides less fuel efficiency.
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