By Brendan Moore
As you may have read, Saab’s slow death rattle was halted last Friday. Two small Chinese firms, and Youngman, offered again to purchase Saab from the floundering Swedish Automobile, a company born from the ashes of the GM abandonment, Spyker’s purchase of Saab, and then, the subsequent divesture of the Spyker supercar part of the business.
The time, Swedish Automobile said yes to the acquisition, staving off what would have been certain liquidation of Saab. So, it now looks like Pang Da Automobile Trade Co. and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co. will probably be the proud new owners of Saab, and all for the laughably low price of $142 million USD.
By Carl Malek
A report on InsideLine suggests that BMW’s M division wants to develop an exclusive model of its own to take on the likes of the AMG SLS and Audi’s equally potent RS line. Albert Biermann, head of product development for BMW’s Motorsport division, claims that the division is ready to develop a model of its own. “From an engineering perspective we have the skills and we’d love to do it,” he said. “We’ve discussed it several times but we’ve never been able to make the business case. Everything we do has to make money.” Biermann also claims that the M division is ready to switch to power-trains powered by alternative sources of energy. “Our job is to sell emotion and fun, using the technology that’s socially acceptable at the time. Whether that’s a combustion engine or an electric motor, we don’t care.”
By Brendan Moore
Yes, I know, the 2012 models are already out. But we hadn’t reviewed this car yet, and with a full dance card of 2012 models already in queue, it may be quite some time before a Kia Forte 5-Door works its way into the rotation again, so I decided to take the opportunity to review this hatchback.
So, I told Kia to bring it over to Techshake Plaza, and here we are – I’m writing and you’re reading. There certainly is a certain symmetry to the universe, don’t you think?
By Kevin Miller
Subaru made a name for itself selling rugged, capable passenger cars and crossovers featuring horizontally-opposed engines and all-wheel drive. After more than a decade of selling just two sizes of sedans and wagons, the automaking arm of Fuji Heavy Industries jumped on the crossover boom and unleashed the B9 Tribeca into the market for model year 2006. Featuring unusual styling and a 3.0 liter H6 that required premium fuel, the B9 Tribeca wasn’t a huge sales success, and the vehicle was restyled shortly thereafter for the 2008 model year, when its name simply became “Tribeca”.
By Kevin Gordon
Recently our friends over at have been on a (much welcomed) rampage about automotive journalists being overly fair to those cars that they cover in order to maintain a good relationship with the manufacturers. As a smaller site that works hard to get interesting cars and products to review, it can be challenge to remain balanced. With that in mind, when I began to gather my thoughts about the TonnoPro tonneau cover I had to take second look and double check all of my judgements. Could it make through my freshly renewed journalistic vigor? Read on to find out.