Re: Very sober SAAB

March 16th, 2010, 6:57 pm

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Just saw the new 9-5 in real life today - amazing. It's got the presence similar to the Chrysler 300 - compact at distance, yet enormous when viewed up close. Hope it does well on the market.

Re: Very sober SAAB

April 21st, 2010, 5:52 pm

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US pricing for the range topping, 300hp Aero model released. $50k, not bad considering what a comparably equipped 5 series will set you back. I want to see what the new smaller car will look like!

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/20/saab ... ping-aero/

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April 22nd, 2010, 9:30 am

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yo wrote:US pricing for the range topping, 300hp Aero model released. $50k, not bad considering what a comparably equipped 5 series will set you back. I want to see what the new smaller car will look like!

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/04/20/saab ... ping-aero/
I think they may be huffing on their own exhaust fumes. The brand has been abused under GM's tenure. I doubt they'll be selling many of these by putting themselves on the high side of pricing in this automotive catagory. Here's the pricing details from the link you posted.
the 2010 Infiniti M37x starts at $48,400 and brings 330 horses to the table, while Cadillac's CTS rings up at $43,465 in comparable all-wheel drive trim with a 304-hp 3.6-liter. The European establishment rings up at $48,925 for Mercedes-Benz's 268-hp E350, and BMW's new 2011 528i will start at $44,500, though both of those segment stalwarts are rear-drive and tend to run comparatively thin on standard equipment. A better comparison is Germany's Audi A6 3.0T model, which packs 300 horses and Quattro all-wheel drive for $50,200.
At the end of the day, I believe that I'm getting more value from their counterparts.

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April 22nd, 2010, 11:04 am

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Will this model be released at all now that Spyker has taken over?

Spyker's plan for their first model release sounds absolutely incredible, in the words of the CEO at least. They are very focused on the product and the design, while looking for inspiration directly from the Ursaab and "from jets".

I'm excited to see what they come up with.
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April 22nd, 2010, 11:46 am

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I just want to point out some other news from this week: GM had dumped the development cost of the Euro-only Cadillac BT-S (ie FAIL) onto Saab's books, thereby making their losses look even larger.

Another thing: the XWD is really great. It's probably the best AWD system out there right now. Saab just needs market it right.

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April 22nd, 2010, 11:52 am

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Mr-914 wrote:Another thing: the XWD is really great. It's probably the best AWD system out there right now. Saab just needs market it right.
Better than Audi Quattro? Because I LOVE Quattro... I'll have to drive and XWD equipped model some time.
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April 22nd, 2010, 4:17 pm

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the first idea my mind dropped out by watching the exterior design was ... "the life is sweet" .. i mean... i didn't considered any design concept as "belt line" .."rear view"... "strong line character".... why? .. i don´t really know ...it just come out .

So later ...i think .. only by watching once and again the photos ... i would put more attention to design, but when i was taking a look around to the interior..my first impression was : ....ergonomics? functional? .. so i just considered "myself: try stop your mind so you can enjoy design" ,

and then ... because my impressions of exterior and interior were so far away from one to each other, i decided to read other posts & opinions to have a clearer position of what's the "big picture" ...... that's why i enjoy so much this forums ...

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April 22nd, 2010, 5:37 pm

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This is why I hate GM owning SAAB:
At first I didn't spot too many similarities...

but now I see it... damn, those two steering wheels are exactly identical.

GM is just adding elements from their library of parts it seems.

"this car needs some mirrors, don't worry about spending your time designing them, just see what we have in the drawer, pop them on quick. alright, next!"

Also: just noticed the half-blacked-out treatment to the mirrors, looks pretty cool, visually extending the bottom line of the windshield and blacked-out pillars, leaving little slivers of angled silver at the bottom.
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Re: Very sober SAAB

May 13th, 2010, 3:29 am

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Good news for Canadians
http://www.autoblog.com/2010/05/12/saab ... 11-models/


Also check out this brand new BAIC C71..

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June 11th, 2010, 8:11 am

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sorry, but it reminds me of the "jelly bean" cars
(or "bar soap" I forget which term was used more)

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June 19th, 2010, 10:07 am

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Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of former Bertone and Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota as its new Design Director.

http://newsroom.saab.com/news/news/newd ... fe495.html

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June 19th, 2010, 11:32 am

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That is great, good for Jason! And good for SAAB as well. It will be interesting to see what he does there (Just no products with Man or Tide in the name please! ;-) )

I love the Ferrari P4/5 and the Maserati Gran Tourismo he worked on.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Castriota

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June 19th, 2010, 11:47 am

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Will be interesting indeed. His first assignment is the new 9-3.

But I hope they continue with the 9-5 simplicity path, and not do a 180 to an Italian supercar look.

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June 20th, 2010, 9:35 am

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agreed, the SAAB first 9-x concept car WAAAY back in 2001. And with Audi chasing the BMW wedgy crisp flame lines, I think SAAB has an opportunity to capture the simple Euro designerly look. I love the DRG of this early 9-x. The 9-x concept that followed it a few years ago got a little too complicated, as did the 9-3x concept, thought both were very nice, I think this direction is pretty awessome
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Re: Very sober SAAB

January 20th, 2011, 11:19 am

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First image of the wagon version. Looks quite similar to that photochop..
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