Saab leading the way for flex-fuel

Saab’s BioPower range of vehicles has made the manufacturer the biggest seller of flex-fuel cars in Europe, it has been claimed.

According to a statement from the group, Saab’s success in the environmentally-conscious market has been led by its sales in Sweden, where more than 7,000 BioPower cars have been delivered this year.

Flex-fuel vehicles are also known as dual-fuel vehicles – with the technology enabling the car to run on two sources of fuel such as gasoline and bioethanol.

Some 6,800 of the company’s 9-3 and 9-5 models were sold in the European country last year and Saab said it is constantly receiving more requests.

"There is huge international interest in what is happening in Sweden regarding the technology and infrastructure for use of bioethanol," said Saab Automobile managing director Jan Ake Jonsson.

Saab vehicles are subjected to a range of safety tests including the Moose Test, which is designed to find out how well a car reacts when suddenly presented with an obstacle in its path, such as a moose.

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