Site News - 9/23 Horn Button Rebuild 900/9000 | 9/21 Abandoned Saab Dealership
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2004 17:04:37 +0200
From: Zweef∆ <zweefnospamemeel.nl>
Subject: Re: Possibly the end of Saab - In Trollhattan...


In article <415EAFB4.9F2757C0nospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com>, johsnospamvwnmzusxsizefitterzxursaxzoe.com says... > Yet the 900C is something of a hybrid. I remember reading at the time that > Saab couldn't afford full development costs, so they based it on the 99 > with a longer bonnet for future engines and introduced the hatchback. You're almost right. The 900 is based on the 99 Coup»: http://www.saabklubben.com/arkiv/99/9925.jpg It was a little more than a simple "nose job" though, ofcourse a different dash was fitted, but otherwise they're pretty much the same. > At the > time I thought that the new 900C looked somewhat unbalanced with the large > overhangs front and rear on the relatively short 99 wheelbase. Then came the > even odder Saab 90 where they re-fitted the old 99 bonnet (I think). It was a strange car, they used the newly developed 900 Sedan in 2 door version and fitted a 99 nose, talking about an unbalanced design... It wasn't a succes either. http://www.saab900.hu/images/kepgaleria/tort/800/H90-02.jpg > Nevertheless, the quirky shape have become something of an icon and I must > admit the a well kept 900C cabrio now looks awesome, especially among the > bland lookalike soap-shaped cars we have today. I don't agree on the cabrio, never cared much for it. The best looking 900 (IMHO) is the early turbo coup»: http://www.saabklubben.com/arkiv/900/90004.jpg > > Bringing out a retro 900C would be a great idea, but I doubt it will happen > with the current owner. On the other hand, I think they're developing a > powerful coupe model with some hints of 900C. > They should give more attention to character, detail, and most of all quality. The current 9-3 Sportsedan (what's in a name...) is to much of a Audi A4 ripoff (is this flamebait? Ahhh, whatever..) and does not stand out. I don't give a s**t if they build it in Germany from now on, if they would have some real swedish Saab designers do the design, add a gallon of quirkyness and make it bulletproof ;-) -- Bezit en wijsheid zijn illusies

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