Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:37:31 +0100
From: Eeyore <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

Adrian wrote: > 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. > > Furthermore I always recall the Rover 800 being available in both body > > shapes. > > Yes, I know. That's why I said... > > >> in roughly the same market as the 900 (my mother replaced her 900i > >> with an 820e, both company cars) - both finished up with the saloons > >> massively outselling the hatches. In the case of the Scorp, it > >> started out with no saloon available, and finished up with the hatch > >> being dropped way before the saloon. > > Perhaps you ought to read it again. Or once. Because it makes no sense. You appear to be saying that because Brand X sells more saloon cars then hatchbacks then so should Saab. 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. > > 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. Graham

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