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Old 07-06-06, 10:34 AM   #1
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Saabs are born from...

jets. If you've been watching any of the stages of TdF, you know this already!!!
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Old 07-06-06, 10:39 AM   #2
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Terrible slogan and campaign. Even worse was its predecessor: "Saab: We Used to Build Jets."
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Old 07-06-06, 10:51 AM   #3
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Keep a lookout for the disclaimer at the end of the ad - says something like "SAAB manufacturers and Jet manufacturers are no longer affiliated". That always cracks me up.
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Old 07-06-06, 11:09 AM   #4
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GM has to do something to try to preserve the SAAB DNA, (or at least make it seem like they are) now that SAAB's are becoming just another generic GM product.
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Old 07-06-06, 11:13 AM   #5
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...started by 16 aircraft engineers...

So they must be overly expensive and incredibly difficult to maintain.
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I too find the slogan funny, the pseudo-connection misleading.

Ford could also encourage the buying public to consider their product, since they once built a trimotor 'tin goose', their cars ought to be better
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Old 07-06-06, 11:18 AM   #7
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...started by 16 aircraft engineers...

So they must be overly expensive and incredibly difficult to maintain.
Not just expensive....
You know how difficult it is in the real world to get 16 very talented guys to collaborate on anything?
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Old 07-06-06, 11:34 AM   #8
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You'll get a solid deal on them if you are interested. Sales were down over 50% for June vs. June '05!
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Old 07-06-06, 02:18 PM   #9
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They used to be interesting. The old 96s looked like slugs.



Now we get something that, except for the grill, looks like an old Accord.



Thanks for nothin, GM.

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...

Oh guys whats the code word for today?
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Old 07-06-06, 03:18 PM   #11
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Terrible slogan and campaign. Even worse was its predecessor: "Saab: We Used to Build Jets."
We used to build jets? Wow, that does suck. If jets are so great, why did they quit?
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Old 07-06-06, 08:36 PM   #12
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But how many times do they have reiterate their babble during a single day's coverage of the Tour?

Even my wife became annoyed by Sunday and she had spent the majority of the two days running around the house...
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Old 07-06-06, 08:48 PM   #13
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We used to build jets? Wow, that does suck. If jets are so great, why did they quit?
They didn't quit. They just sold off their auto-making division.

And if you're ready to drop about $35 million, you can go home with one of these beauties. I think they might also offer dealer-financing too.

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Be glad someone decided to buy air time, otherwise we wouldnt be getting the coverage.
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Old 07-06-06, 09:28 PM   #15
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Oh guys whats the code word for today?

"cadence"

what a minute, that might have been yesterday I have 3 kids, I am forced to catch the 12:30 am show.

I think cadence was yesterday
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Old 07-06-06, 09:29 PM   #16
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about as corny as the cervelo ads
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Old 07-07-06, 02:58 PM   #17
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Yes, and what does GM do when they buy Saab? They kill off the 5 door model Saab was known and loved for. And then they release the Malibu Maax - a 5 door model no one cares about (a slab-sided, butt ugly Chevy). No wonder GM is in the tanker.

Although thank goodness they bought advertising or else I wouldn't get to watch the TdF.
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Old 07-07-06, 03:23 PM   #18
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about as corny as the cervelo ads
+100000, i hate those ads!
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Old 07-07-06, 03:32 PM   #19
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"Daimler-Chrysler - We used to build Panzerkampfwagen V "Panthers"". I don't think that slogan would go over that well.
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...started by 16 aircraft engineers...

So they must be overly expensive and incredibly difficult to maintain.
If one has the slightest idea of the money-pit that is jet maintenance, Saab's 'Born from Jets' motto is a definite red flag. Whatever were they thinking?

OTOH, must be the same thinking that made me order Voler's new limited edition 'Wingman' jersey:
http://www.velowear.com/jom.asp?promo=JUN3EM.
It's an extravagance, but less of one than a new Saab.
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"Daimler-Chrysler - We used to build Panzerkampfwagen V "Panthers"". I don't think that slogan would go over that well.
Or how about... Mitsubishi we used to build Zeros...
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It should be no surprise to anyone that automobile companies are multifaceted. Car companies such as GM, Ford and Chrysler (now Daimler-Chrysler) have always built more than cars. And other companies that are typically known for other products also build automobiles. For instance, take Grumman. Here are but a few of their products:




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Born from Jets means you're happy to get .002341 MPG. DIY? Forget it unless you can afford that $2,000 oil filter tool!
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...started by 16 aircraft engineers...

So they must be overly expensive and incredibly difficult to maintain.
I own a 1994 Saab 9000 CS-Turbo, and it ain't cheap to run the car, but it's been extremely reliable and fun to drive. My girlfriend has a 9-3 Viggen and it's the same way - but her car is more of a screamer.

Saabs are one of the best values in the used sport-luxury car market. They depreciate like hell, so it's easy to buy a pristine 2-3 year old example for the great price.
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Europeans would never build a 'brand new' oversized truck, and shamelessly promote a gas guzzling SUV, especially when gas is topping $70 a barrel. The real Saab Co would never do that. It took some Detroit genuis to release such a monster about 10yrs too late, much like the other guzzlers released after 2004, and other very late to market disasters(can't afford $100 fillups, then a smaller Hummer, sure). Saab left alone, would have probably released a competitive hybrid by now for both Europe and N.America.
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