When I bought my first SAAB there were so few on the road that owners always waved at each other as we passed. If production/distribution doesn’t resume, we may get back to that although it will probably be a resigned wave rather than the contented wave amidst a fog of two stroke exhaust as in the old days.
I wish you hadn’t brought up Peugeot Angelo. It made me curious and a check showed that there are five Peugeots listed for sale on AutoTrader in the entire U.S. The real problem is that they all are in the Classic listings and that doesn’t make me feel any younger.
That might work financially, but if the maker is the typical entity that wants to appeal to the mass market to maximize sales/employment/corporate growth etc.most likely we will end up with just another good car for the money regardless of the name on the badge.
3cyl commented on the post, What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar. 21 hours, 43 minutes ago
No need to go psycho over this Dave.
3cyl commented on the post, What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar. 1 day, 18 hours ago
I drove a superior BMW recently. A classic 635CSI with a Corvette engine / manual transmission conversion.
Mine also mysteriously disappeared. At about the same time I noted that my parking brake lever had a cushy feel as it approached the end of the release motion. I finally put all this together and looked through the vacant hole using a flashlight. The coin holder was burried well down in the console under the parking brake mechanism. When I…[Read more]
A warehouse may be the only way to go, but it doesn’t bode well for resuming production. Idle machinery usually becomes junk. It costs money to maintain equipment even when it is not in use and when an owner is struggling financially maintenance is commonly put off. Also, as time goes on, state-of-the-art assembly lines become less so.
“Question is, is there a demand in Europe for the products that Mahindra or Dong Feng offers?…”
Mahindra makes a model called the Alfa. They undoubtedly would have to rename it for sale in Europe, but it appears to be just the vehicle for those legions of buyers looking to drive something that has no chance of associating them with the…[Read more]
3cyl commented on the post, What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar. 3 days, 18 hours ago
BMW bikes seem to be going the way of their cars. Performance and the associated complexity seem to be dominating their new bike designs as evidenced by the introduction of limited water cooling on the opposed twins. I guess this is necessary to achieve more power, but BMW already has a line of fours with leading edge performance as well as…[Read more]
Joe, all I’m suggesting as far as Fiat is concerned is that they may be better off selling Alfas as SAABs in the US. Rebuilding the SAAB brand in that scenario would probably have been much easier than resurrecting Alfa here (which apparently Fiat is in the process of attempting).
Fiat already has Alfa but as far as the US market goes Fiat could probably do better selling SAAB versions of Alfas than the Alfas themselves. Also, a SAAB Abarth might be more likely to be price accepted by consumers than the Fiat version. The results may not be what we want, but it might work for both Fiat and the SAAB brand. I doubt Fiat is…[Read more]
Financially, it makes sense to hold onto SAABs we still like. Something that at this point isn’t valued very high can’t drop much in value and those of us who don’t see anything we would prefer to own over our SAABs can use the funds that would go toward a new car we don’t really want anyway for something else. Nonetheless, I could decide to or…[Read more]
At this point I’ll stick with my Dame Edna SAAB. From a financial perspective the parts risk may or may not affect me soon and is limited by the depreciated value of the car, whereas the significant depreciation loss on a new car is a sure thing. However, many of us will probably reach a point where we want new before a next generation of SAABs…[Read more]
Being slow to the table with AWD was a disaster. SAAB had the image of a premier snowbelt car, but when other brands began offering AWD that image melted. There is nothing wrong with FWD but a lot of SAAB’s former market went with brands offering AWD.
Decades of struggle may be an indication that the task of making SAAB viable is more difficult than putting a man on the moon. At this point it is surprising that anyone is interested in attempting it. It probably wouldn’t take any longer to establish a new brand.
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