Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 00:31:25 +0100
From: "Charles C." <c.k.christacopoulos.removeme.nospamee.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: New 9-3 - Form over Function? pah-leeze...


Fred W wrote: > http://www.saabusa.com/saabjsp/93Reborn/?cmp=2007saabiowners&source=aug07saabiowner > > > Much to my chagrin as a long time SAAB buyer / owner, it appears that > the new direction of SAAB design is in line with all the other marquees. > That is: form over function. > > Examples: They make a big deal about the clean sides of the car without > any rub strips. Looks like more trips to the ding doctor to me... > > The tail lights are pure bling with no explanation of if / how they > effect the rear visibility of the car and therefore safety. > > Nothing is mentioned in the "video" of passenger protection, superior > technology, or almost anything of real merit. Just sales puffery at > it's best (worst). > > In the past (thinking back to the late 80's and early '90's) a huge > attractor for thinking people in buying SAABs (over the other brands) > was all of the little safety oriented and intelligent design features. > Today, I'm afraid, it's just another car pandering to the public > perception of coolness. > > Too bad. And I say this as a guy that currently owns 4 SAABs (2 sport > sedans and 2 NG900's) and has owned over a dozen all told over the years. > You left the seats out. They are not as good as the old ones. Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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