A real blow. Just as I was beginning to believe it was possible to operate at a loss year after year and still stay in business, this news comes comes out. Nonetheless, fifteen years is a pretty good run in such an environment.
Reports were that the real problem with the new 900 was that it was rushed into production and that the later 9-3 version represented what the new 900 should have been if it had been done right. Nonetheless you are probably correct that it was a critical setback.
As for the earlier Trollblazer comments, in AERO form it offered a lot off…[Read more]
Angelo, “facts based on theories” has probably saved a lot of marriages so that approach can’t be entirely discredited.
3cyl commented on the post, BREAKING NEWS: OEM signs letter of intent to purchase majority stake in NEVS *UPDATED 2 weeks ago
RAnderson, you exemplify the problem with people who have degrees and read academic journals, i.e. they insist on introducing facts into discussions.
The nice thing about building small inexpensive cars somewhere else is that if they are not successful with SAAB AB they may have better luck negotiating for use of the Daewoo name.
David, I also feel that nothing is available that fills the void left by SAAB. Of course there ar plenty of competent vehicles to choose from, some undoubtedly better than SAABs at least in some ways. However SAAB offered a nice package with the added benefit of owning a relatively low production car at a reasonable price. It is too bad that a…[Read more]
Angelo that’s very gracious of you, although Bravo doesn’t haven’t have the same ring to it and I think Fiat alreay uses the Bravo name anyway, so Angelo V it will have to be. In any case, it was a good call. By the way I am 100% Italian as well. My first car was a Autobianchi Bianchina. No Italian cars since.
Angelo has been the lead proponent of Mahindra since before most of us ever heard of them. It would therefore be appropriate, should production resume, that a special model be released to be called the Angelo V Commemorative Edition. Angelo would probably be more likely to license his name than SAAB AB would theirs – unless perhaps the car…[Read more]
I wonder how any future venture looks on paper. Regardless of the product line and the related price points, any proposal with the ultimate goal of resuming production will have to include massive funding to cover years of losses while trying to develop a viable brand (even assuming a relatively low initial buy-in). If profits ever come, will…[Read more]
3cyl commented on the post, The most intelligent Swedish vehicles now and then 1 month, 1 week ago
I see that real Volvos have retained the boxy look after all.
3cyl commented on the post, SAAB “Expert” Tom Magliozzi / NPR CarTalk has passed away 1 month, 1 week ago
It figures that they would love SAABs. As for German cars, Tom’s opinion was quoted in the local news report of his passing: “Life is too short to own a German car.” All this delivered with their Boston/Italian accents and constant bantering makes for great listening (rebroadcasts continue to be aired).
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