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#1291 of 1335 Re: . [steve_]
Dec 20, 2011 (1:13 pm)
...on a orpahn Saab? The cost of that will negate the discount on the car.
#1294 of 1335 Re: pre-2009 models should be covered [steve_]
Dec 21, 2011 (3:56 pm)
That can't be good news. You sent a dead link....
#1295 of 1335 Re: pre-2009 models should be covered [fezo]
Dec 21, 2011 (6:28 pm)
#1297 of 1335 Re: pre-2009 models should be covered [fezo]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 21, 2011 (7:20 pm)
Hm, somewhere along the line part of the URL got changed from /gm-to-honor to /general-motors-to-honor. Oh well, trying again.
General Motors To Honor Some Saab Warranties...Because They Have to
Wonder how many sudden acceleration cases popped up when people couldn't find the ignition switch?
And Vonnegut ran a Saab dealership. That's a bit bizarre.
Dec 25, 2011 (5:55 am)
Saab has no future, just a past. Criticisms that GM killed Saab are inaccurate. Saab was on its death bed when GM first bought a stake in the company, and later bought the remaining shares. Unfortunately, GM failed to fulfill its goal of appealing to customers that were attracted to Euro brands rather GM models. The net result was that instead of turning a sick Saab around, GM merely kicked the can down the road. In fairness to to GM, though, turning Saab around would have been difficult, since it was a niche brand. Difficult, but possible.
What Saab had, and still has to a remarkable degree, is a core of super loyal owners and fans. The problem is that core is too small to achieve the economies of scale required to be competitive today. GM's plan to address that by sharing platforms and components with Opel was reasonable, and might have worked, if executed differently. I think the main problem was that GM execs didn't understand Saab well enough. They understood Saab's uniqueness conceptually, as in an MBA case study, but that level of understanding was too superficial to introduce models that would continue to appeal to Saab loyalists, and to expand the base of ownership. That's too bad, but the marketplace has rendered the final verdict.
One thing that can be said about Saab is that if there was ever a car brand with nine lives, Saab was that brand.
#1299 of 1335 Re: Well, finally... [hpmctorque]
Dec 25, 2011 (9:16 am)
What Saab had, and still has to a remarkable degree, is a core of super loyal owners and fans.
The problem with those owners is that most were loyal owners and fans of pre-owned Saabs. Although they were huge supporters, even they knew not to buy a new Saab.
#1300 of 1335 Re: Well, finally... [robr2]
Dec 25, 2011 (5:30 pm)
Interesting. Didn't know that.