Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 09:36:53 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-3 hatchback - if & when?

Tara Murphy wrote: > > I don't believe there is any plan to make a hatchback version for the new > 9-3. > > "Ric" <spamnopsamcom> wrote in message > news:b4sca7$ahl$ > > Is there going to be a hatchback version of the new 9-3? If so, when in > > Europe? > > I have to say that I simply don't understand the logic behind this situation, particularly for the U.S. market. I bought my 1996 900 SE, partly because I'd always been interested in Saabs, but also partly because quite a few years of renting hatchbacks during visits to Europe had convinced me that this was what I wanted to drive in the U.S. Although hatchbacks are very common in Europe, the Saab is almost the only four-door hatchback on the U.S. market, particularly two years ago, when I bought mine. Recently, however, such vehicles seem to be making a comeback in the U.S., with Mazda and Toyota versions being available. Why on earth would Saab drop one of its distinguishing features in this market, and become yet another entry-level luxury vehicle (and one that, unlike its competitors in the U.S., has a four, rather than a six-cylinder, engine)? It just makes no sense to me.

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