Date: 19 Sep 2007 08:52:45 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. > 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. > 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. >> Across Europe, there was a sea-change in the exec car market around >> the turn of the 80s/90s, with hatches and "mass-market" brands >> becoming pariahs. > Why ? I don't agree. I think boots are stupid. Fine. I don't much like German cars, either. However, we're quite obviously in a tiny minority amongst the buyers of new 20-30k cars.

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