Bright yellow Saabs set to flit about the Canary Islands
Saturday, December 9, 2000
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By Richard C. Noble
JOURNAL AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Two bright yellow Saabs are racing around the Canary Islands in Spain this weekend in search of the checkered flag in the Michelin Race of Champions.
The unusual event pits one nation's race car driver, rally car driver and motorcycle racer against their counterparts from another national team in head-to-head racing. There are eight national teams in the event.
Two of the cars for the rally races are special Saab 9-3 models. Each is equipped with a 2-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged-engine capable of developing up to 600 horsepower.
That's enough oomph to move the all-wheel-drive cars from stop to 60 mph in fewer than 2.5 seconds.
Saab is the Swedish automaking subsidiary of General Motors.
Women's choice. The Honda Odyssey minivan was the top vehicle in Good Housekeeping magazine's 2000 Women's Automotive Satisfaction Award.
For the second consecutive year, the award's top 10 list includes the Buick LeSabre, Chrysler Town & Country minivan, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Grand Am, Pontiac Grand Prix, Pontiac Montana and the Saturn S series.
The Oldsmobile Silhouette and Toyota Sienna made the list for the first time.
Guidance. More than half of those who buy a vehicle with a factory-installed navigation system say they use it at least once a week, according to a J.D. Power and Associates study.
Navigation systems are offered on 26 different models of new cars and trucks. In all, an estimated 135,000 factory installed systems were put on 2000 models.
Women tend to be more satisfied with their navigation systems than men, and younger consumers report much higher satisfaction than their older counterparts, according to the study that involved 4,900 owners of the systems.
Younger consumers are also much more likely to use their systems on a regular basis.
Fewer than a quarter of those who bought the systems had used one before. Of those who had, most had used them on a rental vehicle.
For 2000, Alpine Electronics ranked highest in navigation system customer satisfaction based on the performance of its new DVD system in the Acura RL.
Venerable Mercedes. Mercedes-Benz says more than a million of its cars are on the road in the United States and many of them are 20 or more years old.
To better serve the owners of these "classics," Mercedes is providing specialists armed with the technical data on all these models. They are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Callers to the toll-free number, 1-866-MBCLASSIC (622-5277) need to provide their car's chassis or vehicle identification number. The specialist can then say what part is the correct replacement, see if it's available, give the price and provide the nearest source for it.