There is history with Saab and Mazda.
I remember stories in swedish press about a strange Saab 900 in the early 80s which had run away from intruding photographers with all four wheels spinning. That was almost forgot until I read the book “Spelet om Saab” by Jan Hökerberg. He writes about a time when Saab and Mazda were trying to do a deal on a…[Read more]
Yes. It is that simple.
GM obviously don’t understand brands. They never understood why Saab had to go premium, even though GM themselves were the ones demanding it.
To make a Saab “saabish” you need fresher parts than outdated Opel parts. Even Opel need fresher parts than that to make an Opel interesting enough.
But then again; GM were…[Read more]
I think a clue lies in how GM has treated the other car brands they owned; Cadillac “pretends” to be a BMW/Mercedes competitor, Opel has made very bland cars for a long time, Saturn devolved into rebranded Opels, Pontiac made a leap from muscle cars to people carriers and Aztec, Oldsmobile just starved to death, and Holden is also about to go. And…[Read more]
No. Saab should not be dead. Saab is where it is today only because of GM.
Global crisis hit GM hard because GM is what it is. Global crisis also hit Ford, but Volvo suvived. Saab could have survived if GM had been a better company.
I am one of those bitter, typical Saab-fans. I am now finally “old and rich” enough to buy anything other than a used car and now I can’t. I loathe the way GM made this happen. I pity that Koenigsegg didn’t buy Saab and I am sorry that Spyker couldn’t make it. My only hope here is that NEVS/Mahindra really can make it.
And I agree with Tim; the…[Read more]
I read an interview a few years ago where some of Saabs top engineers (I forgot the names, but it was in AMS or Teknikens Värld) discussed just this fact; A hybrid system with a small, clean, two-stroker tucked away in a corner. I even think they mentioned a three-cylinder two-stroke.
I thiink the “Bad news is bad news” media roundabout started the moment GM started to talk about winding down Saab. And it was at that moment companies stopped buying Saabs for company cars. That was – in my mind – when everything crashed, because the company cars were Saabs (and Volvos) main output.
Hans H commented on the post, The SAAB 9-3 Electric Car Prototype – Test Track and Tech Interview 2 months ago
I wonder how an electrical convertible Saab would feel. I imagine gliding along quietly with an open roof enjoying the sounds and the the scent of the surrounding nature. Yes, I want that.
Now I really hope for an electric convertible.
Hans H commented on the post, Test driving the electric Saab 9-3 from NEVS, first impressions 2 months, 1 week ago
I remember reading an interview with a few Saab-people way back in the GM-Saab days, where they were talking about just that; an electric car with a small two-stroke range extender tucked away in a corner. Yes, two-stroke. There is actually such a thing as a modern, cleaner, two-stroke. And they can be made pretty small. Apparently.
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