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CS Chua
27-01-2010, 07:56 AM
General Motors has sold Saab to Spyker. I keep wondering, if a Malaysian has bought over Saab and make it another one of Malaysia's national car projects (after Mitsubishi, Citroen, Daihatsu) would it have done well in Malaysia, of course, with the tax exemption and protection given by the government?

Saab seems like a good Swedish car. Very unusual design, performance oriented and comes with the Swedish precision engineering and safety record. If they re-badge it with a Malaysian name and sell it with a 60,000 km or 3 years warranty, it might be a top seller.

AllUrban
27-01-2010, 10:19 AM
General Motors has sold Saab to Spyker. I keep wondering, if a Malaysian has bought over Saab and make it another one of Malaysia's national car projects (after Mitsubishi, Citroen, Daihatsu) would it have done well in Malaysia, of course, with the tax exemption and protection given by the government?

Saab seems like a good Swedish car. Very unusual design, performance oriented and comes with the Swedish precision engineering and safety record. If they re-badge it with a Malaysian name and sell it with a 60,000 km or 3 years warranty, it might be a top seller.Dont forget the other 'national cars' from Kia & Hyundai...

Saab cars are very well-designed and strong performance cars but they were expensive and did not appeal to a vast number of customers.

Would a Malaysian driver choose a Saab over a more recognized brand like Volvo?

I see more Vauxhall, Opel & Skoda vehicles here in Malaysia as compared to Saab.

What about it, forumers...would you drive a 'Sahabat?'*

*Sa(h)ab(at)

Cheers, m

bslee
27-01-2010, 11:17 AM
Malaysia DOESN'T NEED any "National car" and is currently NOT at competitive prices.
A car is a car, mode of modern transport...thats it!
But thats not it..its revenue for the coffers and we're all suckers to it all.

Hiliary
27-01-2010, 12:18 PM
I'll take a Saab over a Volvo any day!
I used to work for a company whoose Swedish office changed from Saab company cars to Volvo because the Volvo was cheaper.
One sales guy cried when they took his Saab away.

But all smiled 3 years later when the Saab's returned.
The running cost of the Volvo's wiped out the savings :D

clfoo
27-01-2010, 11:35 PM
i prefer a 15 yrs old Saab over a new proton perdana anytime, despite the age saab is still more technological advance and easily cost 50% less, likely not many want to steal too, the only worry is not many mechanic familiar with the car ...

Sentinel
28-01-2010, 12:22 AM
I love Saab cars... used to drive the Saab 93 Aero for a while in Brunei... a wonderful performance car and even with just a 2300cc engine, very good acceleration and very torquey. Are you guys aware the parent Saab company builds the Saab fighter jets?

Remember the Saab 900 of the mid 1980s? :cool:

CS Chua
28-01-2010, 08:58 AM
I love Saab cars... used to drive the Saab 93 Aero for a while in Brunei... a wonderful performance car and even with just a 2300cc engine, very good acceleration and very torquey. Are you guys aware the parent Saab company builds the Saab fighter jets?

Remember the Saab 900 of the mid 1980s? :cool:
Looks like Dr M missed a good buy. He could have a national car and a national fighter jet! Wow, imagine Malaysian fighter jets in action worldwide!! Hope they practise meritocracy when selecting pilots. :D

USJ27Resident
28-01-2010, 09:24 AM
i prefer a 15 yrs old Saab over a new proton perdana anytime, despite the age saab is still more technological advance and easily cost 50% less, likely not many want to steal too, the only worry is not many mechanic familiar with the car ...

Not many would agree... then again, thats another story: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/saab.html

Sentinel
28-01-2010, 11:19 AM
HERE (http://www.asiaone.com/Just+Woman/News/Women+In+The+News/Story/A1Story20071206-39868.html)
Looks like Dr M missed a good buy. He could have a national car and a national fighter jet! Wow, imagine Malaysian fighter jets in action worldwide!! Hope they practise meritocracy when selecting pilots. :DAre you aware that one of the pilots of a MiG29 is a lady with the rank of Captain Patricia Yap? She's a regular at aerial display at LIMA shows and F1 shows. She was one of the 2 MiG pilots at recent support show at Subang for a visiting team Red Arrows but in her MiG29. She is known as Foxy Lady on the radio....

I don't bluff you one, nah... don't believe me read HERE (http://www.asiaone.com/Just+Woman/News/Women+In+The+News/Story/A1Story20071206-39868.html) lah.

cskok8
28-01-2010, 11:33 AM
I love Saab cars... used to drive the Saab 93 Aero for a while in Brunei... a wonderful performance car and even with just a 2300cc engine, very good acceleration and very torquey. Are you guys aware the parent Saab company builds the Saab fighter jets?

Remember the Saab 900 of the mid 1980s? :cool:

Saab cars was sold to GM some time ago. Saab aircraft still Swedish-owned.

Hiliary
28-01-2010, 11:46 AM
Not many would agree... then again, thats another story: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/saab.html

Most Europeans would agree as they get 100% real Saab, very very reliable.
Many non US cars sold in the US are not the same specification i.e BMW used to use Chevy gearbox and you see lots of complaints about BMW from US owners.