Date: 21 Sep 2007 11:54:03 GMT
From: Adrian <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

Eeyore ( gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying : >> But since the disputed 20/10yr ago date was being given as when the >> UK exec car market started to move massively away from hatches and >> "mass brands", it's more than slightly irrelevant WHEN the NG900 was >> released... apart from to identify when it was *BEFORE*. >> >> And since we're all agreed that we're talking about before 1993, >> we're looking at 15 years bare minimum - hence nearer 20 than 10. > But not as regards Saab. Why do you have this strange notion that Saab sell into a market of their very own, isolated from all other market pressures and trends? > Who still thought a hatchback was the way to go for at least another 5 > years with the 9000. Saab were offering hatchbacks in both the 900 and > 9000 ranges until 1998. Indeed they were. BUT... When the hatch or saloon 9k was replaced with the 95, they dropped the hatch completely. When the hatch only NG900/93 was replaced with the 93ss, they dropped the hatch completely. If hatches were such a sales success, why would they shoot themselves in the foot so solidly?

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