Date: 6 Dec 1998 16:41:31 GMT
From: morrnopsamu.caS* (Mark Orr)
Subject: Re: GM motors in SAABs"?

Its too bad that GM doesn't take a look at what Ford had done with Jaguar. Differentiation will be the key to success in the Auto industry. As soon as Saab stop being Saab, they will stop selling. So far I ca't criticise too harsly. The Saabs today are still unique and different. Part of their charm was their wierdness, yet there is no question that Saab needed to appeal to a broader audience while alienating as few Saab entusiats as possible. So far they've succeeded. I think its quite good that Saab's turbo engine philosophy has been embraced with such succcess by Volvo and Audi...I think its adds termendous legitamicy to what they are doing. A turbo engine is expensive to build.....but I wonder what costs more to make , a V6 dohc or a Dohc turbo 4 with balance shafts?? Any auto engineers out there? Mark In article <01be20f5$af9b00c0$LocalHostnopsam8140>, says... > >Justin is sadly enough only partially right. Saab has been putting enormous >effort both in manpower and financial in developing the 2.0 and the 2.3 to >what it is today; one of the best in performance, motormanagement and low >emissions. Compared to the small mercedes you can get here in europe, the >Saab engines are top of the bill. > >However, like many other things over the past few years Saab has to do >concessions to GM. The question no longer is what saab wants thinks or >developes or what is best; The price of the product determins what happens. >I'm sad to say that even my local dealer thinks that Gm will only allow the >Saab engines to be used as long as they are cost effective. Mayor on going >development may be jeopardised by this. > >Harrie > >Sven <> wrote in article ><>... >> Justin VanAbrahams wrote: >> > >> > Not a chance, unless GM somehow decides to make the Saab >> > Turbo 4 a corporate engine... Saab has put tons of work >> > into the 2.0 and 2.3 litre engines and they are firmly >> > committed to keeping these things around forever. >> >> My '97 900S has a 2.3l. The sticker says the engine is made in >> Germany. Is it a Saab motor, or a GM motor? >> >> Not that I care so much, GM engines have always lasted forever in my >> cars (210,000 miles on a '90 Beretta 3.1, 145,000 '78 Caprice 305). >> And, I got rid of the cars for other reasons - the engines never failed >> once. >> >> Ciao (or chow as I prefer it) >> >> Sven >> >>

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