Saab vs Subaru

There’s been a number of Saab vs Subaru items brought to my attention in the last 24 hours.

Some of you may seen the news on the revised Subaru Impreza. They’ve got rid of the controversial front end that looked passable on the Impreza and absolutely hideous on the Tribeca. As I was perusing SaabHistory earlier today though, it struck me where they got that nose from.

Here’s the offensive probiscus, looking not-quite-so-offensive on the Suuby Impreza (I would have shown the Tribeca, but this is a family blog):

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And here’s a poster ad for the Saab 99 Turbo:

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Notice the similar gaping holes in the front – except on the 99 it looks classic and on the Impreza it just looks…..OK, but much better than the hideous Tribeca.

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The second thing is the new development in the brand new Impreza’s interior. This is to be unveiled in just a few hours in New York.

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Is that a dash-top SID is see before me???

It seems Saab’s relationship with Subaru has provided them with at least some ideas about groovy interior design. It doesn’t look as good as the SID on the old 9-3, but IMHO it looks better than the SID on the current one πŸ˜‰

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9 Comments

  1. The dash top SID wasn’t any kind of Saab invention. My grandmother’s Acura had something like that in the ’80s.

  2. Ok, so when will GM re-buy the 20% stock back in Fuji so they can steal- err I mean re-badge another 9-2x? I’d buy another!

    Psych! Seriously, I’m glad Subie has recognized that, if anything, THEY benefited from the GM/Saab alliance in terms of getting an ‘upkeep’ for new ideas on the new products. They were getting drabby.

    And, don’t get me started on the Tribecca garbage. It wasn’t a good idea from the get go, but I’m glad at least its received a bit more than just some botox in the face.

  3. At least Subaru didn’t re-locate the ignition key to the center console, or like Cadillac, stole Saab’s joystick/lattice air vents !

  4. Let subaru live in peace… or die for some of the hardcore impreza fans.
    I mean look at this Kia …ehm I mean Impreza http://www.autoblog.com/2007/04/03/officially-official-subaru-releases-full-details-on-2008-imprez/
    You have to feel pity for this πŸ˜‰ on the other hand a new 9-2x would be quite success if it would be like the one before (wrx heart, saab face). I mean it would be a real challenge for GMSaab designers to come with something more hideous πŸ˜€
    First get take over all the impreza fans, then the world πŸ˜€

    BTW … do these wheels remind you of something ? πŸ˜‰ http://www.autoblog.com/photos/volvo-c30-t5/202935/

  5. Subaru also has a history in aircraft, and that is supposedly where that grille design came from. I personally think it looks great.

    Subaru is about the only other company I would purchase a car from.

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