At the Brisbane Motor Show, Saab showed off their E85 flex-fuel 9-5 BioPower model which they plan on introducing into the Australian market later this year. Highlighting Saab's leadership in bringing the E85 vehicle to the Australian market, Director Saab Australia and New Zealand, Parveen Batish was on hand to present the BioPower to media representatives. Previously Mr Batish has said that, "Saab is currently a step ahead of the industry. BioPower is a market-ready ethanol powered vehicle that we want to launch in Australia as soon as possible."
The 9-5 BioPower on display at the Brisbane Show is one of four currently undergoing testing around Australia where E85 is currently not available at the pump. The vehicle is already a successful model in its domestic Swedish market where sales have exceeded expectations as drivers look to switch from petrol to emissions-friendly bioethanol. More than 12,000 BioPower cars have been delivered since sales began in Sweden in July 2005 which the 9-5 BioPower clearly establishing itself as the country's top selling environmentally-friendly vehicle. The current 2.0t BioPower model accounts for over 80 percent of all Swedish 9-5 sales.
Analysis: The Australian state of Queensland, of which Brisbane is the state capital, is ideally placed to take advantage of an ethanol flex-fuel vehicle such as the 9-5 BioPower due to the substantial local sugar cane industry. E10 is now available at a number of locations across the state but E85 is still a while away due to the lack of vehicles on sale that can take advantage of the fuel.