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I’ve had a couple of 9000s (a 91 CD and a 93 CSE) and I liked both of them, but they’ve not been my favorite Saabs.
For all their good points, the whole line just always seemed compromised to me. So many little things about these cars highlight the dire financial straights Saab were in when it was being designed. Clever engineering solutions…[Read more]
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So, sad as it makes me to type this, there is New Saab that’s a Real Saab in all but two respects…
It’s called a Subaru Impreza.
– Good in snow? Check.
– FWD? Sort of…AWD with a FWD bias.
– Hatchback? Check.
– Turbo? Can do, if you’d like.
– Safe? IIHS top pick.
– Affordable? Very.
– Quirky, engineering led, design? Boxer engine…[Read more]
mallthus commented on the post, SAAB Parts: Press-conferance: The future for the company. 1 year, 8 months ago
Seems to me that the key opportunity for Orio would be to partner with one or more smaller marques. Perhaps a group that has not yet set up a parts distribution network of their own in either Europe or North […]
I recall reading a magazine article back in the early 1990s that highlighted this. Their example car, a Nissan Maxima, retailed new for about $20k at the time. To build the car from parts would have cost about $85k.
mallthus commented on the post, 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi in the United States UPDATED 2 years, 3 months ago
Seeing this makes me think about the risks associated with owning and driving such a rare vehicle. Given that they were headed for series production, but then they weren’t produced, I’d imagine that some pieces, […]
Truth is, most people have no idea where their cars’ engines are made. Heck, they don’t even know where their cars are made. And this isn’t just “average” folks, it’s “car people” too. I spent 2 (very long) months […]
If you want a true free marketplace where technologies, fuels, etc compete fairly and with minimal governmental influence, then you have to consider a tax that burdens all energy sources with their full, fair and […]
Here in Colorado, the Tesla Model S is pretty common to see on the road now. (By “common”, I mean I’ve seen more than 5 in the last 3 months, which makes it a more common sight than Lamborghinis, Bentleys, or […]
The truth is, the world has had too many marques for too long. We live in a global automotive marketplace and we’re going to see some winners and losers.
In the US, we had a first “wave” of failures back in the […]
mallthus commented on the post, Where are those Saab Original parts actually coming from? 2 years, 9 months ago
My recollection is that Canada has some very particular country of origin labeling requirements. Assuming my recollection is correct, it would make sense that a Chinese made bag would need to be […]
mallthus commented on the post, Sad news for former Saab employees working at Volvo 2 years, 11 months ago
Truth is, there’s a global overcapacity issue. The whys and hows of that issue are mulch-faceted.
I believe that Volvo’s challenges, much like Saab’s were, are centered around the fact that they’re not a full […]
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