Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 11:34:49 +0100
From: "Johan LAUWERS" <>
Subject: Re: Old Saabs vs New Saabs

Hi Harrie, Indeed. What strikes me are two things. 1. Why do Americans need a V6. Half a year ago I was coming from the Netherlands and a BMW 530i couldn't follow my father's previous 900 Turbo 16s Aero. Don't forget that the turbo was a 1989. Are Americans still thinking that who bigger it is, the better it this. Elementary fysics shows though that a V6 is fysically seen slower (called inertion). If they buy a V6 for the sound I think they just have to put another exhaust on their 4 cylinder and the effect will be the same. Please don't give me this 'The V6 drives smoother' thing. Drive an ecopower Saab (still genuine Saab engines) and you'll know that it drives as smooth (or even smoother). 2. Second but not least important is that the problem with our modern society is that individuality and true quality are no longer important. It's like in classical music. I play the violin myself so I know a bit about what I'm talking. Today most of the classical concerts have to be a huge concert, videowalls (e.g. the three tenors : makes me want to puge). In car industry it's just the same. Everything is trown over board except that all the cars must sell like crazy and would be very appreciated if they all look alike. Take e.g. the (European) new Toyota Corolla. The nose is an exact copy of the (European) Ford Focus. The rear of the Audi A6 is an aerodynamic result of some computer package without any insight what so ever. Even the interior of the new 9-5 has to give in. Why ? Because G-M sponsers and makes (sometimes stupid) decisions. In Europe GM has allways deliverd Opel which is a brand with no class or style what so ever. Unfortunately Saab needed them or they won't be producing cars anymore. Gives me a strange feeling. Johan LAUWERS. Belgium (don't forget Harrie).

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