• 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 6 hours, 42 minutes ago

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    It could be, Angelo. I guess I was trying to forget about NEVS. But since you brought them up, I wonder if any dealers who took in a shipment just before NEVS imploded paid NEVS for any cars that might not have sold yet.

  • 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 10 hours, 21 minutes ago

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    If it is a 2009, it could be the last GM era SAAB to be registered and probably the last 9-3. However there are still a few new NG 9-5′s available.

  • 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 2 days, 14 hours ago

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    Tim, if what you say about the lack of new car buyers here is true (and I assume it is), the problem is compounded further as buyers of new SAABs have gotten so used paying well under sticker for so long that is likely they will balk at the price of a new SAAB if it were to become available. Given his scenario and the historical lack of SAAB…[Read more]

  • 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 2 days, 18 hours ago

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    Elio must be for real – the vehicle has 3 cylinders.

  • 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 3 days, 9 hours ago

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    Yes, they are both unusual companies. Both appear to have a business purpose more geared to raising money than making money. I want to accept that there is more to it than that, but then again it seems that entities or individuals with legitimate funds to invest can find a better place than Spyker or NEVS to do it..

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    SAAB AB needs to get involved with the SAAB car brand about as much as BMW does.

  • 3cyl commented on the post, Thoughts. 5 days, 8 hours ago

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    A focus on special SAABs is a great idea.

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    If Peugeot struggled to make it in the US before there were established Asian luxury brands and before the expansion of German makers it will indeed be daunting. Also, the homoginized nature of current automobile design arising from safety and fuel economy regulations often results in things like infotainment systems being what distinguishes…[Read more]

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    No need to go psycho over this Dave.

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    I drove a superior BMW recently. A classic 635CSI with a Corvette engine / manual transmission conversion.

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    Mine was far in and jammed under the mechanism so I said several things in the course of retrieving it, but that wasn’t one of them.

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    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]

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    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.

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    “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]

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    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]

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    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).

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    Joe, I wonder if a Company will want to build cars that appeal to the traditional SAAB buyer anyway. It hasn’t proven to be an especially lucrative market over time.

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