Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 18:51:19 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

On 21 Sep 2007 15:51:29 GMT, Adrian <> wrote: >Colin Stamp ( gurgled happily, sounding much >like they were saying : > >> Yep. Looks are the only real reason I can think of why anyone might >> actually prefer a saloon to the equivalent hatch. They really don't >> have any redeeming features to offset the loss in practicality unless >> you prefer the looks big-time. > >Shell rigidity, too. You've got a much smaller hole in the shell. Not quite >relevant to the buying decision for a new car, though. I'm not quite sure what you're driving at here. Are you concerned about handling? If so, we can dispel that little myth here and now. If the shell flexed anything like enough to make a significant difference to the handling, there would be all sorts of problems with the hatch as the opening changed size and shape. It'd rattle, leak, burst-open, buckle and the window would break. I'm sure I'd have noticed if anything like that was going on at the back of my car. > >> The stupid thing is that a lot of the saloons I see around look like >> hatchbacks. The current 9-3 SS for instance, looks like they designed >> it to be a hatch and then the marketing department got them to move >> the hinges from the top of the back window to the bottom to keep the >> image conscious target market happy. > >*DING*... You've got it... The target market is image conscious, and the >image of a saloon is more upmarket than that of a hatch. > I'm not disagreeing that a lot of people see it that way. I'm just pointing out how strange those people are - especially when they supposedly can't bear their cars to be hatchbacks even when they look like hatchbacks. >> The fact that people continue to buy these hatch-shaped saloons >> suggests either that they have some kind of wierd brain disease > ><shrug> Probably. These are people who order nice shiny new (usually >leased) executive company cars, paying shitloads of income tax on 'em... >Dervy, you're the expert... Yep. People with far more money than sense. It's always amazing how intelligence and wealth really do have absolutely no relationship to one-another. Cheers, Colin.

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