Sometimes stories pop up for no conceivable reason, but they’re interesting when they do.
This story was written way back in December 2003 so there’s no reason why it would pop up on my RSS newsreader, but it did. I don’t know if Saab USA still use this incentive system, but if you go into your dealer to get your car serviced and he’s talking about the new plasma screen he just got for the kids…….know that the two are perhaps more linked than you think!
The article is all about the incentive system used to drive the marketing of genuine Saab parts at Saab’s independant dealerships accross the US. A very interesting read.
If you see a good condition Saab 99 Turbo for sale – buy it. Or a 900. Perhaps even a Viggen. Why?
If this is the future, then I’m going to make a deliberate effort to get back to basics as much as possible.
Come on – airbags designed to lift your legs out of the footwell and electronic sensors that will monitor everything from your eye movements to the progress of your breakfast through the intestine – OK, I made that last one up (but don’t be surprised if it happens – it could trigger an advance burst of air freshener right before your corn flakes revisit in a vapourised form).
Too much nannying if you ask me. People will still drive too fast. It’s just that if the car thinks more then they’ll get lazy and think less.
Thanks to Petar for the tip.
I received 2 emails yesterday from people that aren’t planning to buy new Saabs any more. Both were multiple Saab owners. One with a 9-3 and one with a new 9-5.
I’m too grumpy to deal with their complaints other than to say that one I’d sympathise with and one I wouldn’t. I’ll leave it that as they’re probably both thinking I’ll sympathise with them, which is a good outcome.
Needless to say I hope they both change their minds and not write Saab off for the future.
Some Coppers in the UK are now driving around in some 9-5 HOT Aeros, which isn’t overly remarkable but makes for some good photos….
So, I’m trying to give up the fags again. Hence the grumpiness.
I know it’s apparently going to be good for me but I really think sometimes it’d be worth living 5 to 10 years less as long as you were happy. If the next 30 or 40 years are going to be like this then I’m going to make myself and everyone around me miserable for a very long time.
Now !$#@ off…..