Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 07:51:54 GMT From: Paul Halliday <pjghnospamyonder.co.uk> Subject: Re: The C900 hatch to make a comeback!
in article Hf-dnQTR-8LzKB_fRVn-tgnospamast.com, Tex at texnospamm101.org wrote on 12/05/2005 02:46: >> That certainly was not what he was saying. Given the recent propensity for >> the SAAB badge to be placed onto slightly re-worked existing GM models is >> perhaps why the author of that thread was incensed by the original >> article. > > If you've actually followed GM and Saab in recent years you would know that > these rebadged cars are only temporary until Saab comes up with its own > offerings in those market segments. I'm not sure I follow you on this one ... The 9-X and the 9-3X were well developed and then the 9-2X was released, which bore nothing from the concept models. Perhaps the 9-3 Sport Combi, or even the 9-6, will use some of that engineering? What, specifically, were you referring to? >> Right .. Okay. What do SAAB offer Subaru? How much SAAB went into the 9-2? >> My bet is that it will be a shared next generation Impreza that will be >> marketed as both SAAB (in less power form) and Subaru. > > I'm surprised they just didn't go with a variant of the Epsilon II platform. > From what I've read, it's already adaptable to both the next gen 9-3 and 9-5 > cars (in AWD configuration). This would presumably mean slightly different > platform sizes. So why not just have a slightly smaller version of the same > platform for a retro 900? Doesn't seem very unreasonable given the car is > still 3 years away from launch day. Why not indeed, although I'm not sure a smaller car will be anything like the C900. The actual successor to the C900 was the GM900 and then the 9-3. So, again, how can a smaller car be that successor? It is marketing drivel that bears no relation to the facts ... I'm still interested to see the car and hope it will sell worldwide, which has not been the case for the 9-2X. I do wonder whether the retro slogan "Nothing on earth comes close" will be applicable, though ;) Paul 1989 900 Turbo S http://saab.go.dyndns.org/