Wonderful heads-up display, first class seats (with a little Swedish tag), first manufacturer to bring Apple’s infotainment system to the market, Scandinavian touches throughout – this is where Saab should be. If we only got it right in 2009 (or on the second try in 2011).
And want to talk about “right-sizing” motors, the T8 is a…[Read more]
‘more’ about their plans…got a little too excited there.
Super interested in learning for about their plans for the Saab brand. BTW, on the NG 9-5 the rear deck lid only has the SAAB logo which looks fantastic.
Just to clarify, I’m only suggesting re-badging for the short term – until new “true” Saabs can be developed from the Phoenix platform. I figure its better then zero product for another 3-5 years? And BTW, have you seen the PSA products I mentioned? PSA should figure a way to import them to the US because they are gorgeous.
Is Dongfeng Motor Corporation still in contention? Maybe one solution for a quicker return of the Saab name is to re-badge PSA vehicles as Saab’s in Sweden and North America until the Phoenix platform is fully realized? Dongfeng/PSA could start with the Peugeot Exalt concept as the 9-5 replacement and the 208 GTI as the new 9-1. The all new…[Read more]
The interior layout on this car is world class IMO. The materials are poor and we all recall the supplier mishap during the 2010 launch; however, the seats, shift lever position, center console layout, and HUD that connects to the navigation system are all Saab-smart and clever. At dark, the lighting themes – both inside and on the exterior -…[Read more]
dcpattie commented on the post, SAAB “Expert” Tom Magliozzi / NPR CarTalk has passed away 2 months, 2 weeks ago
we lost a national treasure! Many Saturday mornings driving to weekend events listening to Click and Clack. And they did love Saabs.
Pricing really hurt this launch. Its too bad SWAN could not afford to lose money on each 9-5 for the first few years – to keep interest in the brand – while slowly releasing new models every 18 months. With the new models to slowly raising the pricepoint and the entire brand along with it. This is exactly what Toyota did with Lexus in 1989 with…[Read more]
dcpattie commented on the post, What I drive now while waiting for a future swedish sportscar. 3 months, 1 week ago
I also love the E9 Bimmers. My dad owns a 2000CS (body by karmman) and its just the sweetest little coupe. The new M3/M4 is an absolute monster of a car. Congratulations on your new ride. As for my Saab replacement – I’m thinking perhaps a PoleStar version of the Volvo Coupe concept (better yet the shooting brake version if they ever build it)…[Read more]
I really do like white on the Aero. I almost purchased a white Aero with 18′s and no HUD in Frederick, MD but opted for a Diamond Silver Aero with 19′s and HUD. I think my two favorite paint schemes are white (as seen above) and Laser Red. I really do wish Laser Red was an option in 2010!
About the springs…who is the manufacturer and do…[Read more]
Well, If M&M is staging a full takeover of PSA and they plan to “slap” a Saab badge on the new Exalt then I say please do and bring the beauty to North America ASAP! See below:
I’ve thought of doing the same. I still owe $13,000 on it (over two years) so I could probably get at least that much (MSRP $54,000 in 2010) but I really do love the car (minus the annoying rattles). ORIO should continue, even if NEVS folds and Saabs are never built again so – in theory – there “should” be parts for the next few years.
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