Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 13:55:35 +0100
From: "Jeroen Lugtenberg" <>
Subject: Re: Saab SUV from GM?

About the badge; Saab is indeed changing the badge in one without Scania on it. I also agree that Saab must not make a SUV, they better leave that to Opel. Jeroen SmyrnaChuck <> wrote in message > Well, gang, the news in the paper is that GM has offically filed papers on > the intent of purchasing the remaining 50% of Saab from Investor AB. This > will probably be a done deal by the end of January. I know some folks have > already said that GM already owned 100% of Saab (or that they acted like > they did), this is the official word. > Now, the GM take-over is a good thing from the stand point that at least the > brand will continue. And with Ford buying Volvo then GM was determined to > obtain 100% of Saab. The question is: will GM dilute Saab engineers and > employees to the point of being just another Buick, Chevy or Opel? Will the > 'specialness' of Saabs just fade away? One clue to this being a fact is > that reports are that GM wants an SUV from Saab. How unoriginal can you > get? A sports coupe was also mentioned and I know that there have already > been reports of a 2002 Sonett IV. > But an SUV? Didn't Saab head them off at the pass with the 9-5 Wagon > (estate)? Has the BMW X-5 been a big hit? I was shocked to see an SUV (or > SAV as BMW calls it) from BMW...maybe it has been a success. I just think a > Saab SUV would be the definition of an oxymoron. > I also wonder if this spells the end of 'Scania' on the Saab badges... > > Would be interested in your comments...... > >

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