First Cars Manufactured By Saab As An Independent Company

The production lines at Saab Automobile’s state-of-the-art Trollhättan plant began rolling again today, heralding a new era for the Swedish premium car maker as an independent company. To mark the occasion, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller and Trollhättan Plant Director Gunnar Brunius took up positions on the line alongside assembly workers as the first batch of cars was built.

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Driven: 2010 Spyker C8 Aileron

Driven: 2010 Spyker C8 Aileron
2010 Spyker C8 Aileron - Spyker Exotic Sport Coupe Review - Automobile Magazine
Meet Saab’s crazy new papa.

Spyker, the ten-year-old Dutch automaker, is one part plucky and four parts crazy. Its first effort, the C8 Spyder, was something of a rich Dutchman’s Dodge Viper – a rough-edged brute of a sports car with an interior inspired by World War I fighter planes. Having built about 260 cars without showing a profit, Spyker went out and bought a notoriously troubled premium car company, Saab.inline_mediumwraptextright32322555/reviews/driven/1004_2010_spyker_c8_aileron1004_02_z+2010_spyker_c8_aileron+front_three_quarter_view.jpgTrue

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Comparison: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5

Comparison: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5
2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5 - Luxury Crossover SUV Comparison - Automobile Magazine
We thought it was time to measure the SRX against the best in its class, which, in our estimation, means the Audi Q5.

Cadillac’s SRX has grown beyond its sporty wagon pretensions and is now targeting the heart of the luxury crossover market. The strategy seems to be working, as it’s already selling much better than the outgoing model (which, we should note, won a few Automobile Magazine All-Star awards in its time), and yet, it seems Cadillac isn’t quite ready to give up on having some high-roof fun. To that end, the premium model featured here has ditched the wheezy base 3.0-liter V-6 and standard front-wheel-drive configuration in favor of a turbocharged, 2.8-liter V-6 producing 300 hp and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive – the same setup found in the Saab 9-3 Aero and Opel Insignia OPC. Given these macho specs, we thought it was time to measure the SRX against the best in its class, which, in our estimation, means the Audi Q5. The Q5 won our three-way crossover shootout last year and has since become a well-regarded member of our Four Seasons fleet for its sporting demeanor, handsome exterior, and, yes, Audi-like interior. Does it have what it takes to fend off the brasher and more powerful Cadillac? Read on for our impressions.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5 – Luxury Crossover SUV Comparison – Automobile Magazine

Photo Gallery: 2010 Cadillac SRX vs 2010 Audi Q5 – Luxury Crossover SUV Comparison – Automobile Magazine

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