That Saab loves itself some ethanol is no secret, so it shouldn't be a surprise that the Saab Great Britain's managing director, Jonathan Nash, isn't too pleased with the UK's Chancellor decision to take away the fuel tax rebate for biofuels starting in 2010. Nash said the move shows that the government might be turning its back on biofuels and that the UK will fall behind other European countries on the biofuel front. Nash's full statement is pasted after the jump, but here's a bit of the flavo
Pininfarina Sintesi, the Th!nk Ox, the KTM X-Bow, the Audi R8 TDI Le Mans, the Toyota iQ, the Rinspeed sQuba, the John Cooper Works Mini (and Clubman), the Morgan LifeCar, Land Rover LRX in black, the Mercedes BlueEFFICIENCY C-Class and Vision GLK BlueTec hybrid, the Opel Meriva, the VW Sharan Bluemotion, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, the VW Passat EcoFuel, the Mila Alpin, the Saab 9-1X Biohybrid and the Hyundai i-mode.
In what should come as a surprise to no one, the new Saab concept that will debut in a little over a week at the Geneva Motor Show will in fact use BioPower engine. BioPower, for those that haven't been paying attention, is Saab's branding for ethanol-capable flex-fuel engines. Saab Development Director Jörgen Nylén confirmed to Spanish site MotorPasion that the concept that will presage a new model (likely to be called the 9-1 or 9-1x) will be a premium compact car meant to compete
This morning at the Detroit Auto Show, GM officially revealed the Saab 9-4X BioPower concept. This car was part of a glamorous press conference (gaudy, in fact, just like all the big automakers have here) that also introduced the Hummer HX concept and the GM-Coskata partnership (more on that, including an audio recording of the annoucment in a minute). This post is all about the live pics of the Saab.
It sure gets leaky before an auto show, doesn't it? While GM and Saab would like to keep a lid on the news of the Saab 9-4X BioPower concept CUV, the word is out, thanks to Automotive News (subs req'd). The full details of this eathnol-ready CUV will be coming on Sunday at the Detroit Auto Show, but we do know that the concept is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbo engine that, when burning E85, can produce 300hp at 5,400 rpm as well as 295 pounds-feet of torque at anywhere between 2,600
Is that an AMC Gremlin that I see in profile above? Nope... it's a sketch from TopSpeed of what the impending new Saab 9-1X could look like. We've seen some other possible drawings of what shape the new Swedish beauty might take, and all of them have a few peculiar design elements. Saab is known as a "quirky" brand due to their unusual tendencies like placing the ignition between the seats and offering a "blackout" option for the instruments. In fact, many Saab loyalists have been upset with the
As we announced a few months ago, Saab is finally offering its full range of 9-3 vehicles with E85 capability in all of Europe. Besides the improvements for the 2.0 turbo powerplant, Saab has tuned the base 1.8 liter engine to create an E85-capable version, which, according to the brand, outdoes the regular powerplant. When running on E85, the BioPower engine provides 17 percent more maximum power (175 hp v 150 hp) and 10 percent more torque (195 v 177 lb-ft) compared to running on straight gaso
An AutoblogGreen reader from Down Under has let us know that E85 fuel will most likely finally be available in Australia next year. A specific date isn't set, but United Petroleum seems set to sell the ethanol-petrol blend in "early 2008" at the price of about $1AUS per liter, starting around Melbourne and Sydney.