Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 22:10:41 +0100
From: "Tom" <t.m.brandtsnopsam.nl>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 hatchback - if & when?


Somewhere I have found an article on the design of the new 9-3. It suggested that the safety cage of a sedan is a lot stronger than that of a hatchback and that this might be the reason - or one of the reasons - to make it a sedan rather than a hatchback It's a big article, but it provides some insight in a lot of design details. http://www.autoweb.com.au/start_/showall_/id_SAA/doc_saa0211051/cms/news/new sarticle.html Tom "Kenneth S." <nimrodnopsams.com> schreef in bericht news:3E71E905.391Bnopsams.com... > Tara Murphy wrote: > > > > I don't believe there is any plan to make a hatchback version for the new > > 9-3. > > > > "Ric" <spamnopsamcom> wrote in message > > news:b4sca7$ahl$1nopsam-reader11.wanadoo.fr... > > > Is there going to be a hatchback version of the new 9-3? If so, when in > > > Europe? > > > > > I have to say that I simply don't understand the logic behind this > situation, particularly for the U.S. market. I bought my 1996 900 SE, > partly because I'd always been interested in Saabs, but also partly > because quite a few years of renting hatchbacks during visits to Europe > had convinced me that this was what I wanted to drive in the U.S. > > Although hatchbacks are very common in Europe, the Saab is almost the > only four-door hatchback on the U.S. market, particularly two years ago, > when I bought mine. Recently, however, such vehicles seem to be making > a comeback in the U.S., with Mazda and Toyota versions being available. > > Why on earth would Saab drop one of its distinguishing features in this > market, and become yet another entry-level luxury vehicle (and one that, > unlike its competitors in the U.S., has a four, rather than a > six-cylinder, engine)? It just makes no sense to me.

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