GM Car Czar Gives American Saab Some Sugar
Meet the new Saab, same as the old Saab. Or maybe not. In his
online ego wall Fast Lane blog, GM Car Czar Maximum Bob Lutz gushes excitedly about his new favorite car company that's not Pontiac. In a not-so-subtle reference to Ford’s planned ejection of Volvo, Mr. Lutz begins by waxing lyrical about his decommissioned Czech fighter jet. The ex-Marine aviator then shares his newly found enthusiasm for That Other Swedish Automaker. You know, the precious “jewel in the GM crown” blessed with “driving dynamics” that “belongs in the GM family.” Tragicomically enough, Maxi Bob's favorite Swede is the 9-7X Aero, an American-made badge-engineered Chevy Trailblazer SUV holstering a 6.0-liter V-8. Maximum Bob’s beloved two-and-a-half-ton let’s-pretend-it-ain’t-no-Yank tank is the exact opposite of the quirky but crashworthy turbocharged four-cylinder front-drivers that once defined the Saab brand. With “family” like this, can abuse charges and foster care be far behind?