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Check out these cool jazz tracks inspired by great cars of the '70s
Jul 09, 2014 - 11:29 PM - by Saab Forums
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There's nothing like taking a drive with the perfect song playing that matches the mood and moment. When the rhythms sync up with the undulating road, the whole experience gets just a little bit better. Danish jazz-fusion band Elektrojazz understands the connection between music and driving, and it has a new album called Cars with each track inspired by a specific vehicle of the 1970s. The era might be known for some real clunkers, but you don't have to look too hard to find classics from the groovy decade, as well.

Instead of picking the cars themselves, the members of Elektrojazz put up a poll on the band's website allowing people to vote for their favorites. The most popular vehicle in each category made it onto the album. The final list definitely skews towards European sports cars of the era, with choices like the Lotus Esprit ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/lotus+esprit/[/url]) and Lamborghini Countach ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/lamborghini+countach/[/url]), but there are some definite outliers like the AMC Pacer ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/amc+pacer/[/url]) and Saab 99 Turbo ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/saab+99/[/url]).

"Some of my favorites didn't make it," said Elektrojazz member Anders Larson to Autoblog via email. He would have liked the Porsche 928 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/porsche+928/[/url]) and Jaguar XJS ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/jaguar+xjs/[/url]) to make the cut, among several others. Although, he hinted that another car-inspired album could be on the way.

Each ride gets its own style of jazz to go along with it, too. The song about the 1970 Dodge Challenger ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/dodge/challenger/[/url]) sounds like you could drop it into Bullitt and no one would notice. However, the one about the Pacer uses some Latin-tinged blues. Scroll down ([url]http://saabforum.org/2014/07/09/cool-jazz-tracks-inspired-great-cars-1970s-video/#continued[/url]) to watch a video that previews all of the groovy tracks on the album. It's available for sale on the band's website ([url]http://www.elektrojazz.com[/url]) and on iTunes.Continue... [Read More]
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GM recalling 8.4M cars, 8.2M related to ignition problems
Jun 30, 2014 - 7:53 PM - by Saab Forums
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([url]http://www.autoblog.com/photos/gm-recall-chart-june-30-2014/)General[/url] Motors ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/gm/[/url]) today announced a truly massive recall covering some 8.4 million vehicles in North America. Most significantly, 8.2 million examples of the affected vehicles are being called back due to "unintended ignition key rotation," though GM spokesperson Alan Adler tells Autoblog that this issue is not like the infamous Chevy Cobalt ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/chevy+cobalt/[/url]) ignition switch fiasco.

For the sake of perspective, translated to US population, this total recall figure would equal a car for each resident of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Wyoming. Combined. Here's how it all breaks down:

7,610,862 vehicles in North America being recalled for unintended ignition key rotation. 6,805,679 are in the United States.
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Mahindra eying stake in Saab owner NEVS?
Jun 17, 2014 - 8:11 PM - by Saab Forums
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It's ironic that Saab's current vehicle architecture is called the Phoenix platform ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/27/saab-relaunch-9-3-sportcombi-convertible-phoenix-development-exclusive/[/url]), because like the mythological bird, the company keeps returning from the ashes. That's right, the embattled Swedish automaker isn't completely dead yet. Again. Actually, it may be facing yet another buyout, and this time, the buyer may be from India.

Less than a month ago, the situation looked ominous ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/20/national-electric-vehicle-stops-saab-9-3-production/[/url]) for Saab ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/saab/[/url]). National Electric Vehicle Sweden ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/nevs/[/url]), the carmaker's current owner, temporarily shut down 9-3 ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/saab/9-3/[/url]) production at its Trollhättan factory not long after restarting it in the first place. According to Just Auto ([url]http://www.just-auto.com/news/mahindra-mahindra-silent-on-nevs-speculation_id147131.aspx[/url]), it laid off about 100 consultants allegedly linked to problems making June payroll, as well. At the time, Saab claimed that the measures were temporary, and it was negotiating selling part ownership to another automaker.

Those assertions might have some truth behind them, it seems. Indian newspaper The Economic Times reports that Mahindra & Mahindra ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/tag/mahindra/[/url]) and an unnamed Asian automaker are negotiating with NEVS to purchase part of the company ([url]http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/auto/automobiles/mahindra-mahindra-likely-to-buy-stake-in-swedish-premium-car-maker-saab/articleshow/36508842.cms[/url]). It claims that the Indian automaker sees Saab as an opportunity to add a premium brand to its business.

Based on the past, the rumor certainly has an air of likelihood around it. Mahindra was rumored to be one of the bidders to buy Saab ([url]http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/23/chinas-youngman-bails-on-saab-mahindra-still-in-the-mix/[/url]) outright when it was previously for sale. Even after the purchase by NEVS, the Indian company was still mooted to be trying to develop cars... [Read More]
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