Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 18:50:35 -0400
From: Fred W <malt_houndnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Why the number 9?


Fred W wrote: > th wrote: > >> johannes wrote: >> >>> >>> Fred W wrote: >>> >>>> Dave Hinz wrote: >>>> >>>>> On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 16:54:45 GMT, Fat Sam >>>>> <samandjanetknoxnospamco.net> wrote: >>>>> >>>>>> I've wondered this for a while now. >>>>>> What's the signifigance to the number 9 in Saabs naming convention? >>>>>> All their cars seem to feature a number 9 in the title....900, >>>>>> 9000, 93, >>>>>> 95..... >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> Saab numbered their models sequentially. So the Saab 91 was the >>>>> "Safir" >>>>> (link here: http://www.fcfk.com/safir/ ), the next thing on the design >>>>> board was the Saab 92 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_92 ) >>>>> >>>>> Once they got into cars, they reserved the 2-digit 9x range for them. >>>>> The 99 turned into the 900. By then marketing folks were in charge >>>>> rather then engineers, so it got a bit wodgy and we ended up with 9-3 >>>>> and 9-5 which have only vague meanings relative to the original naming >>>>> scheme. >>>>> >>>> Yes, I do believe that the marketing people looked at the BMW models >>>> and >>>> said: This 9 competes with the 3 series so let's call it a 9-3. That >>>> one competes with the 5 series, so 9-5. If not intentional, what a >>>> huge >>>> coincidence, eh? >>>> >>> >>> The new naming 9-3 and 9-5 is a bit ugly IMO, it doesn't even match >>> what is >>> written on the cars, that's more like 9 with a smaller 3 or 5 >>> hovering above, >>> easily seen as 93 and 95, or perhaps it is 729 and 59049? Hence, total >>> confusion. Added to that is that 900 and 9-3 models straddles between >>> different shapes. >> >> >> >> Try typing "9" followed by "^" followed by "5" and you will get 9^5 in >> most news clients (I use Thunderbird), a bit more realistic than the >> 9-5 notification >> > > 9^5 > > (from Thunderbird) > Sumbitch, it worked. It just showed the three characters when I was typing it in. -- -Fred W

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