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    The end of the road for SAAB?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14839649


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    997.1 C2S
     GT Silver/Cocoa, -20mm/LSD, PSE, short shifter, SportDesign rims, Zuffenhausen pickup, BMW Z4 2.5i Roadster Sterling Grey/Red


    Re: The end of the road for SAAB?

    When this was your last concept car, is there any surprise?



       


       


       

     

    Saab's haven't been much of anything in the last 20 years. The have been on life support. I drove a 9-5, 9-3 and 9-3 convertible back in the mid-2000's.

    Acceleration is pretty good w/the light pressure turbo. Steering feel was adequate.
    Ride was a bit firm and it didn't do a very good job of soaking up bumps or providing feedback. The chassis just felt "hollow" if anyone can understand what I mean. Take a solid and bang it against something and then do the same with a hollow rod and you can get a sense for what I mean.

    The chassis on was utter SHIT on the convertible! I hate to use such a strong word, but for a 2000's era car it was embarrassing. I could feel it flexing and twisting over bumps in the turns. Some turns I thought it was going to start scraping the door handles.
    I've never driven a car where I felt I need to put on my motorcycle leathers put my knee pucks on so I could get a knee down.


    Re: The end of the road for SAAB?

    I've always had a thing for SAABs... kind of a unicorn of shittyness in the automotive world.

    Yet I think they deserve to live much more than Chrystler, GMC, Chevy....

    Last I heard actually was positive news from SAAB filing for government aid internally.. It is not the end yet I suppose.


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    indeed shifting is ancient technology - so is a fuel burning engine..  I happen to like both :) 


    Re: The end of the road for SAAB?

    I stand corrected.... Doesn't look good indeed with the latest rejection.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2011/09/08/saab-request-for-government-protection-rejected-by-swedish-court/

     

     


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    indeed shifting is ancient technology - so is a fuel burning engine..  I happen to like both :) 


    Re: The end of the road for SAAB?

    I had a thing for SAABs too, as they have a certain "cool" about them, but for the last decade (or two?) they were not going anywhere anymore... I will always remember them with my hotmail address which I set up in a time where it was not done to put in your name (Smiley) as it has "viggen" it, referring to one of their special series 9-3.


    Re: The end of the road for SAAB?

    Heist:

    When this was your last concept car, is there any surprise?



    This is not a concept from Saab but from a Korean design student. That is a Saab concept... Smiley

    Saab-PhoeniX-Concept-3.jpg


     
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