Just prior to getting down to business, may I wish you all a happy Pi approximation day. Cheers.
So again, for a SAAB to be a real SAAB, it needs three things:
– Designed by SAAB. The new design center will take care of this.
– Built from the ground up by SAAB. Now, I know that the new 9-3, the ng900, and the old 9000.. heck every car wasn’t built entirely by SAAB.. they really never built a car all by themself, but thats OK. They chose partners and platforms they wanted. Saab didn’t want an Impreza or a Trailblazer, I assure you. As long as Saab builds off of what they chose and they want, then its built from the ground up by saab. check.
– Quality at par with the SAAB image. Saab is a luxury brand. Not exactly top tier but on the same level as Volvo and Audi, or at least it used to be. The point is, the fit and finish of the vehicles needs to be at that level. The plastic controls, the dashes, the type of leather seats, every tiny detail needs to be up there in quality.
In my opinion, the 9-2x failed all 3 tests, the 9-7x failed all 3 tests (almost passsed the 3rd), the 9-3SS passes but gets a midgrade with quality, and the current 9-5 passes all of these. I expect the new sportcombi to pass everything with slightly better grades then the 9-3SS.
So this is my own grading system on how to tell if a SAAB is really a SAAB
I’ve got to say from the get-go that I’ve got all respect for Seth’s point of view, and I invite all and sundry to post their opinion either here in comments or at SC (at the first link above), I just don’t necessarily agree that it’s either right or practical.
Like I said: research first, then I’ll post.