Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 18:45:02 GMT From: th <someguynospamwhere.se> Subject: Re: Why the number 9?
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 -- th