Here’s a question.
I’ve heard previously that Saab engineers considered the idea of a retractable hardtop but dismissed it for some reason in favour of the triple layer soft top that the car currently uses.
Does anyone have any insight as to why?
It’ll be quite interesting to see what they do for any future versions of the convertible. Right or wrong, hard tops are the fashion right now. I’ve got to admit they do look pretty slick in most instances.
But are there any concrete benefits? Did Saab’s decision makers do it for the right reasons or were the beancounters the principal architects?
I know very little of this, but would be fascinated to hear from anyone with their finger on the pulse of the issue.
This whole question was prompted by a review sent to me of the new Volkswagen Eos convertible.
Until the Eos came along, Saab had the only diesel convertible in Australia. The 9-3 Convertible TiD was released in January and the Eos has just been released now.
The kicker: It’s speed and economy are comparable to the 9-3 TiD Convertible. It seats four, it’s got high levels of safety equipment, though a somewhat plainer trim – and it’s $20,000 cheaper.
We have a problem….