Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 23:04:13 GMT From: Shane Almeida <almeida.spam.is.evilnospam.is.evil.mindless.com> Subject: Re: 9-3 2003-2005 Safety Rating - Double Pick
On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 17:36:27 -0500, ma_twain wrote: > I don't find it unlikely. Do you really think the accountants in the GM > headquarters and GM executives get out and prowl around the design labs > of every factory? Once the 9-3 was built and crash tested, it was too > late amd too expensive to "roll back" the change. The only thing the GM > execs could do was make an example of the Saab engineers who pulled a > fast one on them. I'm assuming that changing a chassis on a car that's already been designed is not easy to do. Isn't the point of a common chassis reduced R&D and production costs? It seems like that would be an undertaking that wouldn't go unnoticed. Wouldn't you have to modify the assembly line to produce a different product? Unless I'm overestimating the work involved in changing the design, I can't imagine those kinds of changes going unnoticed. Maybe the changes they made were small but important?