Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 12:57:15 +0100
From: johannes <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

Fred W wrote: > [...] > > The reason the hatchback fell out of favor in the US is pretty simple, > really. The auto companies wanted to sell mini-vans and SUVs. They > marketed the superior versatility of these more expensive vehicles and > quietly removed the more economical hatches from their line-ups. I think it is much more demand driven. Never quite understood the desire for SUVs. But these cars started off in the US, where gas is cheap, and americans always like BIG cars. Then these cars was seen on US movies and TV sitcoms, so people wanted them over here. The hatchback segment is now covered by the Golf/Astra class of cars, these cars have grown enormously in size, and you can get MPV variants if you really need the space. In fact it feels like my 9000, which was formerly a big car, has shrunk in size when seen against the current generation hatchback class. In particular the Peugeot 307, and the 308 is even bigger! That leaves us with the class of executive saloons. Hence the Saab saloon cars, clearly marketed as bmw alternatives.

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