Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 09:27:01 -0000
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

> > > In 1988 I had the pleasure of getting a budget of =A310k to buy a com= pany car of > > > my choice. I could have got a Rover 820e for that money. That wasn't = the base > > > model 800 either. There's no way =A310k would have bought any new Saa= b at all. > > > > > > You're comparing chalk and cheese. > > BTW, Graham... I dug out a 1990 copy of CAR earlier for something > > else. > > > > List prices... > > Rover 800 range - =A314,995-=A324,870 > > Saab 900 range - =A311,995-=A325,895 > > Saab 9000 range - =A315,795-=A326,295 > In 1988 I was offered a new Rover 820e for under =A310k. So something's a= miss with > those numbers. Which ones? Shall we put them in context? List for a base-spec Rover 414i was =A39,975. A Metro GTi was =A39,500. A Cavalier 1.4L was =A310,065. List for the 820e was =A315,665 for both 4 and 5dr. A 5dr 900S 16v was =A314,995. Yes, that was 1990 rather than 1988, but any inflation would have affected the Saab price equally. Anyway, 50% inflation in two years? Would you like me to scan the page if you don't believe me? It's the September '90 issue of CAR, =A32 cover price, Mini Cooper vs the "10 best hot hatches" on the front cover, and a "Giant Test" of Sierra Sapph Cosworth 4x4 vs R21 turbo Quadra inside - the Cossie came off best by a long way, btw. Oh, and the reason I've got that issue is the large obit article for the recently ceased-production 2cv.

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