Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 11:40:55 GMT From: Johannes <johsnospam-gets-lost-sizefitter.com> Subject: Re: C stands for Classic and here is the "Historical Timeline"
Pooh Bear wrote: > > Johannes wrote: > > < snip > > > > Well, then we'll never agree. I just think it's idiotic to say that 9000CC > > is a classic car and 9000CS is not. Why not use their Saab names instead > > of the Classic/NG nonsense. > > I'm 100% with you here. > > The '92-93 model on 9000 was simply a 'facelift' in my view. Nothing significant > in the mechanical dept changed for sure. The bodyshape isn't changed much either > other than to be a bit sleeker. > > In comparison the C900 / NG900 is a clear difference, not least in the chassis and > indeed the total body has no relationship whatever to the previous model. > > Graham Yes, even the enthusiast web site http://www.saabmuseum.com/9000/my.html confirms that view. Notice that they have two entries for the 900: '900' and 'GM900', but only one entry for the 9000. For the 9000, you find a complete list of MY changes. The 1992 MY was introduced as follows: Model Year 1992 The most significant change for 1992 was the introduction of the 9000 CS - a five door with a lower bonnet and four headlamps - separate lamps for full and dipped beam. The new rear section had improved safety reinforcements. Catalytic converters became standard on all Saabs for all markets provided that fuel grades and local rules allowed them. Saab made another industry first with the introduction of CFC-free air conditioning systems. ABS (Antilock Braking System) was standard on all models for Sweden, Europe (not UK) and the United States. On sale from the Spring of 1992 was the 9000 Griffin - which came equipped with every available option as standard. That's it! Conclusion: The earlier 9000 are no more 'Classic' than the later models.