Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 13:11:31 GMT
From: Nutmegger<>
Subject: Re: Labor to make 900 WAS -Re: WTB Saab 900 conv

I was going to post how I noticed you said hello to Dave and asked about the little ones. I was going to say something like.....I don't see many men doing that, but I decided I'm posting way too much today. I just have lots to say. Karl R. Buschhaus, Esq. says... >>I don't remember hearing any of that at all. I wonder where I've been? > >Nutmegger, You obviously were not at the SAAB owners conventions >of 1991, or even some of the later ones. No Karl, I have never been to any Saab convention. I'd probably enjoy it too. > >At the 1991 convetion there was much talk by SAAB about the new 900. >At that time, it had not been badged as a 900. In fact, they asked >the audience what they thought the name should be. Mostg everyone >there said "900". Really? I wouldn't have. >Among the other details that were mentioned at that >time was the fact that the key was going back where it belonged. Bull....I liked where the key was just fine. I never had a problem with it. If people put their drinks there - that is their problem, not Saabs. > >I wish I had the exact numbers but the human labor needed to produce >the new 900 was significantly less. I am pretty sure it was less than >half. WOW, I just did not expect things to move THAT fast in the car industry. But, everywhere things are moving fast. I equate our times right now as a technological revolution as compared to the industrial revolution. An exciting time to be alive, really. >Of course many of us wondered if this meant we could afford to >buy a new one. We knew the answer to that. I just did not like them, heard so much negative about them from techs and owners, and all the problems they had at first really could've been avoided. I'm not sure how because I'm not in the industry, but I realize it is more than just quality testing. > >I believe the majority of the savings came in the welding and assembly >of body panels which could now be done by robots. I see. > >That was in the early 90's. I suspect the savings are even greater >today now with the advancement of industrial robots. in theory then, we should all get a price reduction! > >Karl ~J~

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