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We continue to complain about the large gas prices, but yet we continue to buy Tahoes, and V-8 engines.

you might be complaining, but look at this, it says it all....

“The average American favors a V-8, and in that [price] segment, people aren’t as sensitive to high gas prices, so that won’t dissuade them,” says Anthony Pratt, global powertrain specialist at consultant J.D. Power and Associates.
we're still selling plenty of H2s....

now here's the dumb one....

hey RC, have you driven a 9-7 yet?? I didnt think so....

plenty of us have driven other GMT-360s, and, uh, they're not that great. a SAAB front end and a little suspension tuning isn't enough to make it a worthy competitor against stout competition. the X5, the XC90, Cayenne/Touareg... all very good, very modern SUVs. the SAABlazer is an old school SUV, not up to the task of today's luxury SUV market. get over it. stop worshipping GM just because they're GM. jeez.....
 

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First of all, the 9-7X won't be competing with an X5 or a Cayenne or Touareg.
It is better geared to compete with M-Class and Discovery.

Sportier tuning, bigger wheels/tires, and a more powerful V8, better leather, a better dash, shoudl give the 9-7X enough value over the other 360s.

like it or not, it WILL compete with these vehicles. it's an SUV, and that's the price point at which it will be. it's being thrown out against other premium brand SUVs. the current Disco is way cheaper than the 9-7 will be, and the new one (dubbed LR3) should stay right around where it is now. and to add to what stew said....
Spec-wise he only thing the 9-7x will be competeing with is the Aviator, which is a far deeper makeover than this "Saab" (with an entirely different interior and suspension components than the Explorer, which is already newer and more refined than this GM platform).
the Aviator is bigger, and being based on the Explorer, it has IRS. so do the other competitors. the 9-7.... live rear axle. not very refined at all. the Aviator also has third row seating. it will sell, but not to very many unbiased customers. GM will find that rebadging doesn't always work. they're going to destroy SAAB. a Subaru and a Trailblazer with SAAB emblems, what are they doing? i guess we could get a 9-1 based on the Aveo next....
 

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Anyway, GM has the Caddy SRX to compete with the volvo. and the SRX comes with a quality V8 right out of the box.
what do you expect the 9-7X to compete with? is there just some magical group of people that is supposed to jump out of the woodwork and buy these things? the 9-7X is going directly into a very competitive market, and you made note of another stupid move by GM... the new "SAAB" will compete against GM's own SRX. the luxury SUV market has a number of compelling choices, and most are better than a tarted up Trailblazer. suspension tuning, "premium" leather, whatever you call it, it still reeks of GMT-360. there is not enough of a difference between the 9-7 and a Trailblazer to charge 40-something grand for it. they moved the ignition. hmm... oh, and it has some neat looking wheels, and a 9-5 cupholder in the dash. wow, a 3 part grill, like the other SAABs have. what makes it so special? the people buying these things want a smooth, car-like ride and refinement, and from what we're seeing about this thing, they'll get neither. not to mention that SAAB is losing its identity (this will make 2 models now that have no turbos), and is really alienating a lot of the people who are loyal customers of what the brand was... not what it's becoming. an SUV for SAAB is not necessarily a good idea in the first place, but i guess if Porsche did it, it's not the worst idea either. however, in my opinion (and i'd bet many SAAB customer's opinions as well) using a Trailblazer for the basis of it is. if GM wants to compete against the big boys from Europe and Japan, they'd better pay a little closer attention to what those guys are doing.



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