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Saab Deal Final?

On: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 12:27PM | By: John Welch

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Not quite. The Saab/Koenigsegg saga is nearing its end as Koenigsegg made their financial situation a little clearer this morning. If all parties are to be believed, Koenigsegg requires a significant loan from the European Investment Bank, in the name of Saab. This loan could total $413.6 million, and would officially make Saab a subsidiary of Koenigsegg (say it: Co-NeenG-Sag).

Saab has spent much of the last few months reorganizing its business model, cutting inventories and positioning themselves better to meet realistic demand. So, the deal is not final, however, according to Koenigsegg spokespeople it should be cut by the end of the month. GM is less optimistic, predicting final sale by the end of the year. GM has stated it and Saab would continue to share technology and services during a defined time period, which would be managed through licenses and service agreements. And possibly more prominent roles for Saabs in Michael Bay flicks . . .

A full write up can be found from The New York Times

Gems From The International Motoring Press

On: Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 11:42AM | By: John Welch

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Indian traffic is so bad a picture of Miami traffic is the only image that accurately depicts the plight of the drunken, BMW piloting public . . .


Be glad you live in "Murricuh". We have modern roads that are fairly safe when compared with the rest of the world. Indian bloggers Motorbeam.com are reporting that the release of the Tata Nano will negatively affect India's traffic situation. I wish I could tell you more, but the article is a little vague.

Clarkson doesn't just say nasty things, he also writes them

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:18PM | By: John Welch

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Unless you live under a rock, (which is entirely possible, I'm not judging . . .) then you have probably witnessed a scene or two of Top Gear. "Uh oh," you're thinking, "Another blog, brown-nosing Top Gear . . . " Not entirely true. Give me a BBC budget and I'll blow up some buses for ya. No problem. I'm not brown-nosing the show, more its presenters. One presenter in particular, Jeremy Clarkson.

Weekend Viewing: How I Wasted My Sunday..

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:05PM | By: John Welch

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There was no sports car race, ALMS or Grand-Am. Ahem; there was no televised sports car race. The NASCAR event at Pocono was doomed at eight a.m. Torrential downpours the week prior had left the racing surface soaking wet and "weeping". Even after drying, the track will secrete water from beneath the initial layer of asphalt. It rained again on Sunday and the race was called off by five. Nice. This sort of Sunday will affect my mood for weeks.


The Good The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 4:40PM | By: John Welch

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Baaad Bad Ideas . . .

How many '86 Trans-Ams have you seen with one functioning headlight? Plenty, I'm sure. Pop-up headlights have always been a BAD idea. "Hey, instead of putting normal headlights on our auto, let's equip it with a set of overly complicated pneumatic headlights that will surely fail within the first five years of the car's life!!" I doubt they actually looked at it in that light; but geez, c’mon, why engineer a car with any system that may fail and ruin your ability to drive the car? On top of that, pop-up headlights are horrifically ugly. Fortunately, this pop-up phenomenon is basically dead, but the car industry is not free of bad ideas that will surely cripple certain automobiles over time. Nor is the industry free of gawd-awful ugly design. We explore an example of both...

General Motors timeline, from Billy Durant to Fritzy Henderson

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 4:23PM | By: John Welch

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General Motors was formed in the early twentieth-century by William Crapo(sic) Durrant. One hundred years later GM is struggling to survive, though it APPEARS that a turn-around is on the horizon. The New York Times has slapped together a fairly informative time-line covering the span of GM's corporate life. It is simple and concise, highlighting important technological advancements such as the implementation of catalytic converters. Something I was unaware of: GM was the first manufacturer to affix catalytic converters to their entire line of vehicles. One of many achievements the company can be proud of; too bad the time-line gets really depressing right around 1980.

Possible Federal Texting Ban

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 3:49PM | By: John Welch

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Even though the spread of Big Brother-ism is getting a little troublesome (British laws FRIGHTEN me), it's about time we tackle the issue of 'Texting While Driving.' This practice has raised my blood pressure in traffic more than once.

Peugeot Returns to Petit LeMans

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 3:19PM | By: John Welch

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On Wednesday, July 28th, Peugeot made it clear that they would be returning to Braselton, GA for the 2009 Petit Le Mans. Ahem, excuse me, “The Petit Le Mans POWERED by MAZDA 6 . . . coming back for their second running of the September Classic, held at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta. A fantastic track, as anyone who has been there or owned "Forza 2" knows well.

BMW Quits F1, JD Considers jumping off bridge

On: Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 2:54PM | By: John Welch

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I love Jalopnik. Great website! After it was announced that BMW will be exiting F1 racing at the end of the season, Jalopnik provided us all with a brief history of BMW's activity in Formula One (leaving out the 'Williams V-10' years for some reason . . .). Being a Bavarian loyalist, and deeply saddened by the loss of BMW on the Formula One grid, I can't help but pass this link on to you, featuring a brief yet extremely informative image gallery .

Source: http://jalopnik.com/5325435/the-history-of-bmw-in-formula-one-1982--2009/gallery/