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- April 2002
2. The Blue Saab Cabrolet that Cliff drove in JR Returns
Gosh - I can't even remember these. But then it's many a year since I watched those last seasons.3.Lucy's Saab cabrolet (season 12 DVD)
It's certainly not the obvious marque for any of them to be driving (though Cliff could get away with it).It always made me smile when I saw rich people driving SAAB on Dallas. Not really the brand rich people would choose. We had a SAAB when I grew up, and I know I always wanted a more posh car, like an Audi.
They are normally 0% sexy. Lucy Ewing driving a SAAB is just wrong. I couldn't even understand why Jerry on Seinfeld chose a SAAB. George I could understand, but not Jerry.They certainly had road presence, but they're hardly what one would call sexy.
Station wagons (in the style Chase, Karen and S'wellen drove onscreen) were quite common in the mid-1970s. We were all driving larger cars like that with little concern for the price of gas, at least until the second oil crisis in 1979 when gas prices went through the roof. (Obviously these TV characters were rich and no amount of OPEC instability was going to bother them) The US was already in an economic slump and when OPEC had us by the short-and-curlies, people started looking toward smaller Japanese and European cars. This caused more problems, since the US car industry was intertwined with our status as a superpower. They couldn't just suddenly start making the smaller cars--those take a while to design, and the manufacturing plants would need to be refitted and workers re-trained. Once the Big Three automakers turned the ship around, they were in unfamiliar territory...especially Chrysler, which had to declare bankruptcy and re-organize via government bailout. They didn't go willingly toward smaller cars--they were forced to.But since you're the American, can you explain to us humble Europeans what's wrong with this car?
SAAB was bought up by GM in 2010. Then they left it to Spyker in 2011 that went bankrupt. In 2012 the estate was bought up by a new company that I actually didn't know existed until I googled on SAAB. It is now owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden. They made a few new SAABs between 2013-2015.Oh, they stopped making them entirely? I just assumed they were no longer offering them in America. SAAB left the US around the same time of the 2008 Recession when GM, Ford, and Chrysler dropped countless makes and models of cars, and stopped doing international "deals" to carry certain other cars in the US. We lost Mercury, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Hummer, Plymouth, Saturn, etc. and all the models they carried under them.