"Here, Mark fits a customer criterion Saab identified from the outset. Saab owners in the U.S. found distinction in going against the flow, and not having the same car as your neighbor."
One of the main reasons I love Saabs and find it just a complete travesty that there will be no more new Saabs. Even though I am a die-hard hatchback fan, I thought the 9-3 and 9-5, with their lean-forward-aggressive stance and swoosh that I feel was inherited from the classic 900, looked like no other sedans when most sedans look identical to each other. Saab even set sales records with these Saabs but GM just wasn't interested in developing/furthering Saab models nor promoting the existing ones properly.
"When Saab established itself in the U.S., its prospective buyers were well-educated and reasonably well-off professionals. The largest occupational group among those who bought the first 295 cars that came here in 1956 were doctors."
As you can read below about my own history with Saabs, my father-in-law (Saab die-hard owner for decades) is a doctor.
And below, a very nice compliment to The Saab Network classifieds.
"They likely assumed I would forget this off-the-cuff exchange once I returned to Vermont, but I'm happy for any excuse to look at Saabs, so I went right to the source: www.saabnet.com. I began sending Carl promising-sounding ads, and was shocked to find a never-rusted, never-crashed 1991 in their exact specifications with fewer than 119,000 miles, just 35 minutes away in Massachusetts. HS&EC editor Dave accompanied me to inspect that car, which we found promising. The seller, Roland Rylander, had always wanted a 900 Turbo, but after buying this one, found his work and family obligations left him little time to enjoy it."
Super article. My father-in-law got a Model 96 after he moved from Hong Kong to Vermont and he's a doctor who has now owned probably more than a dozen Saabs and is currently in a 9-3 SportCombi... My wife has only ever driven Saabs since she inherited his 1983 Saab 900 Turbo and she got me to buy a 1985 Saab 900 Sedan and later that summer we started dating and that fall, Saabnet.com was born. She's only ever driven Saabs and today we've both, in the last year, bought Saabs with 50k so we can be in them as long as possible. Besides my 1973 Saab Sonett III, I have to admit that I love my 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (with the upgrade and Saab-tuned suspension) and she loves her unicorn - a 2010 Saab 9-3X Wagon with manual shift!
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