Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:56:26 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C9000 Site <>
Subject: Re: C stands for Classic and here is the "Historical Timeline"

Johannes <> writes: >> So here is the Historical Timeline for the 900 and 900. >> >> The years may vary depending on country >> >> I believe the years indicated below are internationally accepted >> >> 1979-1994 (C900) - Classic 900 >> 1994-1998 (NG) - New Generation 900 >> 1999-2001 9-3 >> >> 1984-1992 (C9000) - Classic 9000 >> 1993-1998 (NG9K) - New Generation 9000 >> 1997-2005 (C9-5) - Classic 9-5 >> 2006-? (NG9-5) - New Generation 9-5 >These are obviously not Saab's own descriptions, so I can't see this >having some kind of international status. They may be convenient labels >for the purpose of discussion, but NG9K is not a label I would want to >see in general use when there is already the CS/CSE labels. But that's >just IMO. I think that the timeline splits are pretty much universally accepted in Saab enthusiast circles, but yes they're not Saab's own definitions and I bet that GM is even less keen to see distinctions made between model changes introduced since they took over the company. However, it's a lot easier to distinguish the models using the most common terminology, particularly when chatting amongst other enthusiasts. >The C900 and NG900 are very different cars, whereas C9000 and CS are >not. The NG900 are build on a platform shared with GM Opel cars at the >time, whereas the CS carries on with the same platform as C9000. This >platform was superficially shared with Type 4 cars, but Saab used their >own Panhard rod rear suspension. The CS was a facelifted C9000, unlike >the NG900 which was a completely different car from C900. As said, >Haynes manual is titled 'Saab 9000 1985-1998', indicating the mechanical >continuity of the range. There is no merit in distinguishing the CS >as a different creation, the difference is cosmetic. Some people like >the C9000, others think the CS looks cleaner. It's a matter of taste. But the fact remains, IMHO anyway, that the pre-1993 and the 1993+ 9000's are different in ways that do distinguish them as being seperate build series. They're not a totally different car like the C900's and NG/GM900's, but they are different in body styling, and other areas as well. If it was simply just a body style change, then there would be plenty of contention for saying the two builds of the 9000's were not different enough to be given seperate 'enthusiast titles'. Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab C9000 Page - http://nospam/~c9000 - Sydney Australia Craig's Saab C900 Workshop -- For all Saab C900/C9000 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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