• Reece Posted: 1/22/2009 4:46pm PST

    "A ray of light for SAAB"

    For some reason I have always had a soft spot for SAAB though more the quirky 60's-80's versions not the bastardised Vectra/9-3. For years they have been teasing us with new product plans but nothing other than stupid nose jobs on other people's vehicles (Saabaru and that US SUV thing).
    It's only hope is to stay tied to GM for technology but to managed from home as an outpatient of the Swedish Government. OK it is getting new 9-5 but wrong car. I's like to see a 9-1 to take on mini and the like and a 9-2 to take BMW 1 series and the like. turn it into a kind of swedish Alfa Romeo. I'd also like to see a SAAB version of the next soltice/sky for sale in markets other than US.
    SAAB has been mismanged by GM but GM should look at what Fiat is doing with Chrysler as a model for sub brands like SAAB, give them access to technology such as drive trains and platforms but let them set their own path and direction.
    In the end though Government management usualy means poor management and focus on jobs rather than vehicles but here's hoping.

  • Gary Posted: 1/24/2009 10:36am PST


    How dare you start your article by using the term "redheaded step child", you inconsiderate prick! If you said something about a black person you be in front of a judge and most likely be fired. Obviously your a second rate journalist. Why don't you go work for one of the tabloids. I bet you fit in real well there.

  • Richard Posted: 2/20/2009 7:55am PST

    "Some people..."

    ...need to lay off the caffeine or learn to use emoticons.

  • Richard Posted: 2/20/2009 8:25am PST


    Gary: I think you have an imperfect understanding of the term. In common usage, calling someone a "red-headed stepchild" is roughly equivalent to calling her/him a "black sheep" or an outcast. It's particularly apt in this case, because the term has Scandinavian roots and is tied to Viking culture. Just FYI.