Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 17:52:04 GMT
Subject: Re: SAAB 9-5 or Charysler 300M ?

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? The result? Better performance than the 300M's 253hp. How about the first ventilated seats in a car? Etc... Etc... Etc... 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. how about the only wagon to offer a hard secruity cover for the cargo area? or lighting on the inside of the tailgate that illuminates the cargo area and the ground around the back of the car. Or a tailgate that's so well balanced that it doesn't need hydraulic struts? I'm no GM fan, but don't tell me they've ruined Saab. If it weren't for GM cash, Saab wouldn't exist. And if you look at substance rather than just styling (which has always been Saab's philosophy) you'll see Saab is still at the leading edge. Bottom line is that the 9-5 is the best car Saab ever built; the 9-3 is the best 900 ever built and no Saabs have ever had better performance, safety or quality. In article <36C3D569.D4092807nopsamamp.Net>, Ra137nopsamamp.Net wrote: > The newer Saabs (9-5 & 9-3) don't have as much 'snob' appeal; let me > explain. The main reason, as someone stated before, is it looks like a > generic sedan. I find it difficult to spot a 9-5 or a 9-3 from a > distance. But rest assured I can pick out a pre 95 Saab from miles > away. Saabs used to be unique, and in a way the 900 & 9000 are still, a > bit. I only wonder what the cars would look like today, had GM not > slipped it's grip into Saab. I hope that Saab goes back to the original > body style, even for an anniversary, or LTD Edition type promo. Oh > well, one can dream, right? > > "Lloyd R. Parker" wrote: > > > > Mark Orr (morrnopsamu.caS*) wrote: > > : A couple of things to say on this, the LHS and its brethren are all very > > : impressive designs, Chrysler leads auto design right now. Chryco has always had > > : a poor (and deserved) reputation for manufactring quality. I also wager you > > : will get better service from a Saab dealer then a Chrysler dealer. The 300 M is > > : a bigger car though. While the styling is excellent, my guess is that it will > > : start to look "old" well before the classic lines of the 9-5. > > > > In the way a 63 Chevy's styling is classic? Put a 9-5 side by side with > > most any sedan from the past 30 years and get people to tell them apart. > > The Saab says "generic sedan" from all angles. At least the 9-3 has some > > unique styling cues. GM seems to homogenize everything these days. > > > > : The 9-5 is > > : particularly good looking in light colours that bring out its subtle lines. I > > : think the Saab will be the more satisfying car in the longer term, regardless > > : of your initial instincts. Besides, its much cooler to say "I drive a Saab" > > : then "I drive a Chrysler", so I think the Saab wins on snob appeal. > > > > I'd guess 80% of the public has no real idea of what "sob" means except > > "to cry." OTOH, Chrysler is a recognized, somewhat prestigious nameplate. > > Face it, the only foreign nameplates the public perceives as prestigious > > are Mercedes, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce. Maybe you > > can add Lexus to the list. > > -- > William T. Brown III _\\|//_ <> > | ///|\\\ | > ----------------------------oOO--(_)---OOo--------------------------- > ---* Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them as much *--- > -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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