Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 17:24:59 -0600
From: "Walt Kienzle" <wkienzlenospam.com>
Subject: Re: Saab and auto shows


"Joe Morris" <jcmorrisnospame.org> wrote in message news:epgha9$887$1nospamlocal.mitre.org... > For the first time in a decade I went down to the Washington (DC) Auto > Show this morning. I'm starting to wonder if I should consider replacing > my old 900 with something a bit less long in the tooth, and figured that > I would be able to talk to someone from Saab about the current models, > and find out if Saab could convice me that it's resolved both the > dismal problems with electronics (repeatedly discussed in this ng) and > Saab's refusal to accept responsibility for fixing them (ditto). > > Wrong. > > There were a half-dozen Saabs on the floor of the new Convention Center, > but that was about it: > > * No brochures about any of the models that potential customers > could take home > * A "bingo card" that you could mail in to get additional info was > the *only* printed material available. > * No information about the location (or even existence) of the two > Saab dealers in the Washington area. > * A desk, devoid of any Saab logo or other sign. The only reason to > guess that it belonged to the Saab exhibit was that all other > desks in the vicinity had other companies' logos splattered all > over them. > * One rent-a-salesdroid who appeared to be terminally bored, who had > no badges on his coat to say that he was associated with Saab other > than that he was sitting behind the logo-free desk. This clown > insisted that Saab has no reputation for electrical design or > reliability problems. There was a second droid who swapped the > desk with the first, but the one not at the desk made no attempt > to engage visitors to the exhibit in any conversation. > > Question: is this typical of Saab's (non-)participation in auto shows, > or is it part of a deliberate attempt by GM to run down Saab sales > to the point that management can "justify" dropping the marque? > [snip] > > Joe Morris I plan on going to the Chicago Auto Show in mid-February. I will keep an eye out so I can answer your question. I heard from a Ford salesman that dealer staff are not attending the show as they did in past years. "Rent-a-salesdroids" (very funny, I'll have to remember that term) are scheduled to staff the show. From your description, it should make for a very uninformative event. Dealer staff always made sure there was full visibility of their dealerships, even if they were just going around handing out their business cards. The droids only tend to know what is in their script. Did Saab show the BioEthanol 9-5 again this year? I'm waiting for them to bring one we can buy into North America. If the model arrives as I expect, it would be the only E-85 capable model with manual transmission available in North America. Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T

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