Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 20:13:42 GMT From: johannes <johsnospamfinospamtter.com> Subject: Re: Why the number 9?
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 > In the days of mainframe computers, it was quite common to use large numbers for their naming. There were IBM/360, Univax 1100 and Unisys ES7000, all to be outdone the fictive HAL 9000 from the film '2001'. Possibly, some of the glamour of the computer industry (at the time) rubbed off on the naming of cars, such as my CSE 9000 :-)