Date: 19 Sep 2007 12:47:49 GMT
From: Adrian <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

Eeyore ( gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying : >> >> Remember the Mk3 Granada/Scorpio? Rover 800? Both started out as >> >> hatch-led ranges, >> > I don't recall ANY hatchback Granada/Scorpio ever. >> >> Launched '85, B-reg, as hatch only. Saloon came a couple of years >> later. After the "fish-face" facelift, only the saloon was available. > Oh that thing. I'd completely forgotten about it. The Mk3 Granada, yes. Congratulations. > You appear to be saying that because Brand X sells more saloon cars > then hatchbacks then so should Saab. You really think that the people who choose new Saabs are somehow very different to the people who choose new Mercs/BMWs/Volvos/Lexuses/Alfas/ <whatever>? > The numbers on the road say otherwise. I very rarely see a 9000CD, but > CS models are numerous. > There must have been a reason for that unrelated to Ford or Rover. Indeed. Big hatches are scarce, because nobody bought 'em new, so when they filter down the market, they don't get scrapped quite as readily. As I suggested several posts ago. >> > But neither of these are Saabs ! >> No, but they were amongst the main competition at the time. You >> really don't quite understand, do you? Saab do not build cars in >> isolation from the rest of the market. > You seriously think a potential Saab purchaser was really likely to be > thinking of buying a Granny or a Rover 800 !!! ??? I don't see it > myself. I'm astonised actually. Not *now*, no, because you can't actually buy a Granada or Rover 800... But, yes, back in the late 80s - as the exec car market moved massively towards German "premium brand" saloons - yes, they were. Again - your reading skills are obviously lacking, so I'll remind you... >> >> in roughly the same market as the 900 (my mother replaced her 900i >> >> with an 820e, both company cars)

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