Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 17:54:20 +0200
From: "Mark Gerritsma" <magernopsam.nld>
Subject: Re: Engine in the 9-3 sport sedan


"Johannes H Andersen" <johsnopsamanytime.co.uk> schreef in bericht news:3D791E93.399B20BEnopsamanytime.co.uk >> Judging from the initial specification I would say it isn't. >> In an effort to cut costs they now use a modified Opel engine. It >> could just be, that the old engine required so much effort to meet >> future emission standards, that they decided to design a new engine. > > I somehow don't believe in this explanation. 1) The Saab engine > carries on in the 9-5 But for how long? Maybe with the next generation 9-5, they will also get engines from the new family. You have to remember that the 9-5 was updated just recently. It requires a big effort to fit new engines into an existing design. > and 2) Emission control stems from engine > management and is helped by the 16 valve design also present in 'old' > engine. The 9-5 Aero has remarkable low CO2, this is noticeable since > it affects UK taxation. But the European emission laws also targets 3 other gases: CO, NOx and carbohydrates. Is the 'old' engine good enough to meet future requirement on all of them? I don't know. To cut a low discussion short: I haven't got a clue why Saab now uses a new engine generation in the new 9-3. I can think of multiple reasons why they did and multiple reasons why they shouldn't have. The fact remains that they are using a new engine design for the new 9-3. And fortunately for Saab they still have the freedom within the GM concern to adapt everything to their needs. When they are not allowed to do that anymore so they have to use unchanged parts from the parts bin, then we have to start worrying about Saabs identity. I sincerely hope that day will never come. -- Mager

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