Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 20:20:34 -0500
From: "WitchDr" <Witch**>
Subject: Re: Saab and auto shows

Saab has never staffed the car shows much. I remember when I first saw the Viggen in 99 and the guy there didn't know a dang thing about it other than it was fast and had a nice paint job. What is strange is I always see people looking at them a lot and the comments I hear are always positive. "Joe Morris" <> wrote in message news:epgha9$887$ > For the first time in a decade I went down to the Washington (DC) Auto > Show this morning. I'm starting to wonder if I should consider replacing > my old 900 with something a bit less long in the tooth, and figured that > I would be able to talk to someone from Saab about the current models, > and find out if Saab could convice me that it's resolved both the > dismal problems with electronics (repeatedly discussed in this ng) and > Saab's refusal to accept responsibility for fixing them (ditto). > > Wrong. > > There were a half-dozen Saabs on the floor of the new Convention Center, > but that was about it: > > * No brochures about any of the models that potential customers > could take home > * A "bingo card" that you could mail in to get additional info was > the *only* printed material available. > * No information about the location (or even existence) of the two > Saab dealers in the Washington area. > * A desk, devoid of any Saab logo or other sign. The only reason to > guess that it belonged to the Saab exhibit was that all other > desks in the vicinity had other companies' logos splattered all > over them. > * One rent-a-salesdroid who appeared to be terminally bored, who had > no badges on his coat to say that he was associated with Saab other > than that he was sitting behind the logo-free desk. This clown > insisted that Saab has no reputation for electrical design or > reliability problems. There was a second droid who swapped the > desk with the first, but the one not at the desk made no attempt > to engage visitors to the exhibit in any conversation. > > Question: is this typical of Saab's (non-)participation in auto shows, > or is it part of a deliberate attempt by GM to run down Saab sales > to the point that management can "justify" dropping the marque? > > I think I'll stop in at the local BMW dealer tomorrow. At the show > they had a nice X3 with exellent cargo space (a critical issue for me, > and the reason that I bought my 900 in the first place) -- plus, the > BMW people at the show acted like they gave a damn about their > potential customers. > > Joe Morris

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