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Re: Another SAAB! NO ? ! ok buy something .. ALFA ROMEO ?
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Sat, 29 Jul 2017 04:24:10 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Another SAAB! NO ? ! ok buy something .. ALFA ROMEO ?, neil dale [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:58:36
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I don't have that age restriction on my vehicle choices, but I have colleagues who do - I was merely indicating that car choice can be affected by circumstances.

I think the Alfas are very nice, and definitely one of the cars on many people's radar here. I also really like the look of some of the more recent Jags (F type especially) - even the sedans are much less of a grandpa car aesthetically than the old ones, but I've not driven them.

wrt volvo... "a luxury car wannabe"... not sure that's quite right. I see them as a Swedish car, that has luxury elements because that is what they need to do to fit the market appropriately. I think the same can be said of SAAB. If you look at the c900, it was never intended to be a luxury vehicle. It was a practical car that was designed to be safe, perform, haul stuff, etc. Cloth seats, roll up windows etc were the norm originally. Later ones usually had leather seats, but the point is that they were still not intended to be luxury cars per se. If you look at Volvo 240... same deal... the main difference between Volvo and SAAB to me is that SAABs are more fun (there's that Volvo drives like a tractor joke, though it's not really fair either)... but there is a fair bit in common, mainly because they share a similar sort of philosophy that comes from being Swedish. That's why the NG9-5 did so little for me: it was trying to be a large luxury car, which is not what I think of with SAAB... I would say the same is true of the S80.

So I would say SAAB is a luxury car wannabe as well, and that's fine by me. When I think luxury car, I think Caddy, Lincoln, Merc, Jag... maybe even Buick (near luxury): comfortable luxurious interiors and ride... grandpa cars... those brands try to make sporty options as well, but the target market is a little different than SAAB or Volvo was originally. And I would say for the most part Audi and BMW have a similar original slant in that they were based around sport sedans (3 series, quattro) more so than luxury... of course none of this is black and white as you indicate with your caddy rental... everyone tries to do everything nowadays because market diversification helps long term stability of the business as trends come and go...

We will probably buy another SAAB, but I can see why many will not given that the newest ones are now at least 6 years old. Unfortunate reality.
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