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Posted by Bitter (more from Bitter) on Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:38:44
In Reply to: I actually chuckled at this read... Good writing..., Scott Paterson [Profile/Gallery]
, Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:47:15
So I have a bit of a bone to pick with Automotive journalists. Doug makes some excellent points. It's easy to mock the 9-7x and 9-4x. Those are GM rebadging through and through. It is also easy to mock GM groupthink which saab suffered under until its demise. And, he is spot on about the dealers holding on to a cadillac that can't be repaired like it will be a collectors items.
BUT, there is a lot that saab was doing WHILE they were going bankrupt that is still completely lost on the public. So, if you can't see past the center mounted ignition and the born from jets marketing, you shouldn't be writing about cars.
- Saab was making a turbo 4 cyl 30 yrs before the logic was discovered by the major car brands
- the saab h ecopower engine architecture is now incorporated into GMs current ecotec 4 cylinder engines - over 10 yrs since the car ceased production!
- My 5spd has a shift indicator that seems to have directly inspired several driving style / fuel economy displays on current cars
- Oh and that body style, kind of odd? Who thought a 4 door liftback/hatchback would be a good idea? - Oh right, the hottest car on automotive journalists minds these days - the Tesla S.
- Did anyone else notice how many "elite" car makers are now making FWD cars?
Combine all of that with forward thinking safety, impressive fuel economy, excellent visibility, excellent performance in all weather conditions, and a fully loaded interior (minus a USB port) and, golly, I am starting to realize why I bought one of these darned cars. But no, a center mounted ignition, a poorly funded marketing department, and an obsession with infotainment systems, 0-60 numbers, and all things bavarian means progress oriented towards usability is completely lost on the automotive "journalists."
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Posts in this Thread:
- I actually chuckled at this read... Good writing..., Scott Paterson , Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:47:15
- Not Quite, Bitter, Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:38:44 <-- Viewing This Message
- Yes, sadly it is pretty much all true, JerseySaab , Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:42:38
- Sad thing everything he wrote is true. :-(, Steve T., Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:04:27
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