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Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:59:39 +0200
From: "Marcel Baum" <bbmenospamat>
Subject: Re: 280 Bhp in Saab 9-3 from next year.

"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. > > Saab will have to be careful the same doesn't happen with Saab, but the > issue will only be confused with coming upmarket GM/Vauxhall/Opels. The > new Vauxhalls may be quite well engineered cars, but the giveaway is their > body design; somehow they don't look European enough with far to much > chrome and some exaggerated rear end details. They really look like dull > repmobiles trying hard to be flashy. Agree. The Vectra offers a lot of place for the given size, Saabs 9-3 can not compete on this at all. However the present Vectra offers much more the phenotype of a shrinked actual US full size car than that of an European midclass car. Unfortunately this seems to be the new stiling of the entire Opel/ Vauxhall line. I wished GM would have given them the allowance to design their own car arround their own engine and body technic.

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