Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2004 12:08:43 -0500 From: Stephen Bacon <isuzu91nospamail.com> Subject: Re: New SAAB = SUBARU WRX!!
MeatballTurbo wrote: > In article <20040228015704.20229.00000564nospam04.aol.com>, caruthers2004 > nospamcom spouted forth into alt.autos.saab... > >>i couldn't believe it when i found out the new 9-2x is basically a Subaru WRX >>with saab front end and interior! >> > While it does dilute the purity of what a Saab is, it can be a good > thing. And in this day of all the buyouts can make a company remain it's own. I read somewhere that the main reason Porche built their SUV was so their stock would go up and they wouldn't be succeptible to a takeover (ala Jaguar being bought by Ford - although that may not have been a takover, but you get the idea). In the mcy world, Aprilia purchases their 4-stroke engines, along with many other parts, and concentrate on frames, tuning, etc. This has allowed them to keep going where many other Italian mcy firms have gone away, or been bought merely to use the name. (Although Aprilia is in a bit of trouble for spending so much on racing ;^) -Steve