You’ll have to pardon the audio quality on this one. I purchased a new headset microphone this morning and whlst it looked good in the package, it sounds like a tin can and a piece of string.
Regardless, I was pondering the proliference of wagons here, and figured it’s something best demonstrated on film. I think I mentioned yesterday that nearly every second car I saw was a wagon. I think now that that was possibly being generous to the sedan crowd.
The folowing 2 minute vid allows you to see all that for yourself, along with a few thoughts as it pertained to Saab a few years ago.
Bring back the hatch indeed!
And if you don’t know the answer to the question asked in the film, click on through…
The most commonly believed reason as to why Saab didn’t have a SportCombi when the 9-3 launched is that it was due to cost cutting by the parent, GM.
It’s believed that the 9-3 was all set to go with several variants right from the start. The story says that Saab modified the Epsilon platform way too much, to the extent that the car couldn’t be manufactured anywhere but Trollhattan.
The price paid was a slashing of costs and some rationalisation of the model, with the critically-needed-for-the-US-market Sports Sedan being the one that got the nod.