Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 13:34:32 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: no more hatchback?

Thank you Dave, I guess we can just wait and hope. Maybe the timing will be right so that we can also get the variable compression engine that Saab is working on. I think it would be a grand slam if it also was a Flexible Fuel Vehicle that could optionally use Ethanol 85. I'm from the Midwest; we have that bizarre fuel here. For some reason, the idea of 100 AKI octane fuel at regular 87 AKI octane prices intrigues me. Maybe my history escapes me at the moment, but didn't the 9000 start out as a hatchback and the sedan was added later -- or was it that the hatchback got the turbo first and then that engine was made available on the sedan? Of course you may be a purist that doesn't consider the 9000 a true Saab ;-) Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T <> wrote in message news:ajtbbh$1aspd2$ > Someone who looks an awful lot like Walt Kienzle <> wrote: > > Is that because many of the manufacturers have discontinued the hatchbacks > > and the 4 door models are all that remain available? That is certainly the > > case in the US. For the 2003 model year, the only hatchback available in > > the US that isn't total junk is the Volkswagen Golf. I might have to > > consider a Hundai Elantra GT. I hear that they are moving to be a step > > better than junk. > > Hi, Walt. > > Look at the history - With the exception of the 99 to 900 model change > (which only did the front end of the car), they've been consistant in > that they don't release the hatch the first year, but do shortly after. > The exception is the 9-5 which they turned into a wagon. I'm thinking > it's a combination of engineering and marketing reasons - takes some time to > design the back end, but if they tell everyone that it's coming "next year", > then people will delay their purchase until they can buy what they want. > > Apparently they feel that the customers they lose, are fewer than the number > of folks who will just buy the sedan. Then again, maybe I'm wrong and this > time, they really aren't going to make one. > > Dave Hinz >

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