Someone commented on this post, written last month. I’d forgotten about it, but it seems relevant to republish given the release of the 9-5 in the coming weeks and the hoo-hah it seems to be generating.
The entry was called “Down to Business, part 2”.
The Saab community does seem to be somewhat polarised. I was going to write “at the moment” at the end of that last sentence but I think it’s probably been that way since the first NG900 rolled off the line back in 1993. The latest 9-5 is a classic case in point. There are those who like it and then, there are about twice as many again (at this early stage) that don’t like it.
First, you have your old-timers. They’re not necessarily old but they’re the ‘true believers’, who figure that anything not based on a Sixten Sason design is a watered down piece of tripe and unworthy of the man-hours expended by the noble men of Trollhattan………
……..I dunno, maybe I’m just some stupid, starry eyed goofball. I love the old school Saabs. I own one of them and the next six to eight months of my life are going to be spent in teenage bliss as I get my old 99 turbo fixed up to some semblance of its former glory.
But I’m also a realist. And that’s the problem I have with Seth’s ‘real Saab’ manifesto. It’s the problem that I have with the ‘old timers’. It’s the problem that I have with every defeatist that doesn’t believe that the Saab brand can stand proud again under GM ownership………
……..The fact is that Saab’s future is totally dependant on the viability of its present. This doesn’t mean that functional, practical design has to be thrown out the window. It means that functional, practical design has to be achieved in a manner that can get the product into the end-user’s hands in an affordable, read as viable, manner……..
……..What makes a Saab ‘a real Saab’ will always be a subjective topic. But I wouldn’t decry any of the models that have worn the badge as yet, and it’d have to be a real disaster for me to do so in the future.
You can read the full article by clicking here, if you have the time and the inclination.