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Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 20:29:12 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: 280 Bhp in Saab 9-3 from next year.

Marcel Baum wrote: > > "Johannes H Andersen" <> schrieb im > Newsbeitrag > > > > > > "Henrik B." wrote: > > > > > > Hi. > > > > > > Read in the paper today that Saab next year will release a newly > developed > > > V6-engine, for the Saab 9-3. It will be turbocharged and have 280 Bhp. > > > There'll also be non-turbo versions. The engine will also be used by > Opel > > > and Alfa Romeo. > > > > > > Cheers! > > > > No surprising. Six cylinders is becoming the norm and the expectation in > > the premium class. However, the engine alone doesn't make the car, as has > > been shown with the Jaguar X that has been a big flop. Jag owner Ford is > > closing a historic Jag plant in Coventry. Apparently, people look through > > the skin of the X type and see a Ford Mondeo. > > I doubt whether this is true. People are normally not so much concerned > about platforms upon which cars are based. Particulary if the platform > offers such a good handling capability as the one the Mondeo has got. > Its much more the engine which makes people thinking about family > similarities. From this aspect it was probably not wise to use the 2L 130HP > Diesel from Ford in the X type. But the segment for the X type already has established contenders, that means that the X type really had to be very special to compete. It was probably down to marketing problems. Jaguar desperately tried to tempt young executives with this car, but the wouldn't shift their beloved BMWs. Yes, the Mondeo is a wonderful designed car, but with a mass produced feel; nothing welcomes you when you sit in the car.

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