Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 16:54:51 +0000
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: 97 Saab 9000 Aero Question

sm-e36 wrote: > > Thanks everyone for your replies!! One last question.. is the 97 Saab 9000 > Aero built on a Saab platform or is it built on a GM platform? I've been > hearing both... > This model has no GM input. The model was designed in partnership with Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo. This was the famous "type 4" project. The design project started as far back as in 1974. The petrol crisis at the time prompted a rethink for the large car segment. The other Type 4 cars are quite different; the Saab 9000 is heavier and more substantial than the rest. They share the exact same wheelbase, but that is about the only thing they have in common. Superficially the doors and side windows looks the same as on the Fiat and Lancia, but the quality and substance of the material is different. I know because I had the Fiat Croma and now a Saab 9000 CSE. Saab went with the rigid rear "Panhard" axle while the Italians had independent rear suspension. That gives the Saab excellent straight line stability as "on rails", but probably not as nimble in cornering a the other Type 4 cars. Johannes

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