IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A Saab has certain talents that can't be measured with a stopwatch

Over at Automobile there is a blog entry by Ezra Dyer about why some cars work as commuter cars and others don't. And he makes a very good argument for the Saab 9-3! First he writes some wise words about why a car that is great on the racetrack makes little sense as a daily driver. And isn't that the problem with many car reviews, that they review the car as if everybody who are buying cars are race driver?

Anyway, here is what he writes about the Saab 9-3 and why it makes sense as a commuter car: 
Which brings me to Saab. As someone who used to spend ninety minutes a day behind the wheel of a Saab, I can tell you that the car had certain talents that couldn't be measured with a stopwatch.
For one thing, consider Saab seats. Have you ever heard the expression, "As comfy as a Swede riding shotgun"? No, you haven't, because I just made it up. But it's the truth, I tell you. If you're uncomfortable in a Saab bucket, you have your knees on backward. Four-cylinder Saabs, by dint of their turbochargers, have plenty of low-end torque, yet they get decent fuel economy. And, despite their ambitious sticker prices, you can lease a Saab for roughly the cost of a daily ham sandwich. (I'm only half-joking there—Saab is offering a lease on the 9-3 that works out to about $13 per day.) Think about it like that and a 9-3 starts to make sense. Wow, I think I just justified Saab's business plan for the past twenty years.

Those lines are so true. Now just more people need to realize how great Saab cars really are!