Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 15:13:07 GMT
From: "James Eckles" <>
Subject: Re: New 9-3 model??

Gotta agree with you on Hatchbacks! While certainly functional, they're extremely ugly! They make the current 9-3 look too tall as if it's going to tip over or as if someone kicked it in the ass! Good riddance to hatchbacks. If you want one so badly, go buy a friggin' Subaru or some other cheapo Jap import. JKE Simon Watkins <> wrote in message > "KeithG" <> wrote in message > news:a6r5f9$6k6$ > > It is US GM influence, I can guess. All driven by marketing and > > questionnaires. They look at the Passat/a4 and see how well they sell here > > and want to emulate that while leaving the traditional Saabers in the > lurch. > > Look at the 9-5. Same deal. I am guessing that the marketers are saying > 'If > > they don't want a 4 dr, give them a wagon'. This is not to discount the 3 > dr > > which supposedly will come later in the model year. > > >A 5 dr is the most > > useful body configuration, period. > > For you :-) Not necessarily for everyone. Personally I hate hatchbacks. > Small, cheap cars are hatchbacks - shopping cars (A very personal view, > before I get flamed!) > > > The funny part is that the 9-3 5 dr sells better than any other > > configuration. Then again, Marketing models don't lie, do they ;-) > > It's cheaper and thus more can afford it. I think the 9-3 is ugly > (old-fashioned), but I love my Saab 9-5. > The point I'm making is that we aren't all the same, we each have our > preferences, different needs etc, and we don't all want a hatch :-) > I thought the artists impression 9-3 was a pretty good looking vehicle. > Maybe more mainstream than the old 9-3, but that isn't necessarily a bad > thing - Saab have a reputation for being quirky and odd, and whilst some of > us like that (vive la difference), many don't, and that hits resale values > and market share. From a marketing perspective, it makes sense for Saab to > become more mainstream. > > Simon > > >

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