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Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 19:23:05 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: 280 Bhp in Saab 9-3 from next year.

"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. 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.

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