Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 22:14:00 +0100
From: "Mark Gerritsma" <nl.autonopsamtmfweb.nld>
Subject: Re: What to call the "new" 9-3 ?

Goran Larsson <hohnopsamlid.invalid> schreef: > The US/Canada market is different. The buyers doesn't have the same > freedom as we have here in Europe. In the US the 9-3 Linear trim level > specifies that the engine must be 175hp, the Vector and Arc trim > levels specifiy that the engine must be 210hp. No 150hp, The question is, would they want a 150hp 9-3 Vector? As I understand it's very expensive to get a car certified for the US market. Different engine specs or aero packages require different certifications. That's probably also why they don't get the aero. The aero package of the Linear, Arc and Vector are the same, the Aero is different. They probably won't sell enough cars to make the certification proces worth while. Have a limited choice of models however does eliminate one problem: if you ordered your car in a very weird specification, this would have serious impact on the resale value. > no diesel! Considering the success of VW's TDI's (and they're only getting the 90hp version!) and the raising fuel prices that may soon change. Remember that apart from those TDI's there are no other decent diesels available (as far as I know), so for the average American a diesel is still the smoking, slow noise machine it used to be 20 years ago. That's to bad, because they don't what they're missing. Mark

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