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Date: 15 Feb 1999 14:57:07 -0500
From: (Lloyd R. Parker)
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ? wrote: : There's more to a car than styling. Yes, the 9-5 sedan is more generic : looking than the typical Saab, but it's a handsome car; the wagon is : downright hot, and I'm no wagon lover. The convertible is a beautiful car and : compared to the competition, the 9-3 is just as distinctive as the old 900. : : More importantly, Saab 9-5 offers innovation. Hooped door handles, so more : force can be applied to the doors if they're stuck shut in an accident; : unique horse-shoe shaped crash beams that deflect impacts around the : passenger cell instead of through it, like Audi and M-B. The result? How : about the 9-5 receiving the best crash score ever recorded in Euro NCAP : tests? How about the world's first anti-whiplash seat? How about 229lbft of : torque at just 2,100 rpm using the world's first assymetrically turbo V6? Why does the Volvo S70, with only a turbo 5, beat it in acceleration by such a HUGE margin? : The : result? Better performance than the 300M's 253hp. How about the first : ventilated seats in a car? Etc... Etc... Etc... No, the 9-5 does not perform better. As I posted, C/D found identical 0-60 times, with the 300 0.1 sec faster when using AutoStick; also 0.1 sec faster 5-60. Identical 1/4 mile times too. 300 top speed 2 mph faster. 9-5 stopped 2 feet shorter from 70. 300 gets same city mpg; 1 mpg better highway. 300 has 0.01 g more lateral acceleration, and is 1 db quieter at 70. The 300 is also over $8000 lower priced. A Mercedes E55 will outperform your 9-5 too. So what does that prove? : : Or take a look at the new wagon. Innovations like cargo tracks, to secure : luggage and cargo so it doesn't shift to the passenger cell in an accident : (taken straight from Saab's aircraft heritage). Or the sliding load floor, to : make loading and unloading easier. The original Taurus and Sable wagons had this; called a "picnic table."

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