I know with today's computer technology, what with CAD and computer rendering & simulation, that the product cycle (from Concept to Dealers) has been decreased to never-before-seen levels.SaabKen said:Everything is "a few years out". Well as we have seen, a LOT can happen in just a few years in the auto industry particularly with Saab.
A typical timeframe for a "from scratch" vehicle would be 4-5 years. Since Saab is using GM's platforms, that would be somewhat less time, assuming it would be developed simmilar to the way the most recent 9-3 line was. That's why he was saying the 9-4X would be seen closer to the end of the decade, meaning they're putting a lot of Saab into it, or the whole project is in limbo somewhat.1985 Gripen said:I know with today's computer technology, what with CAD and computer rendering & simulation, that the product cycle (from Concept to Dealers) has been decreased to never-before-seen levels.
How long does it typically take (I know different vehicles take differing amounts of time) to get a product from the drawing board to the dealer showroom floor?
For example, if someone started drafting an SUV or a roadster or a small hatch in Trollhattan today, when would we be able to see it on showroom floors?
saab9x said:i was more impressed by the interviewer's breadth of questions, inferences, and 'clues' than i was with the interviewee's suv 'frothing.'
Interview states:saab9x said:...seems like just big and small suv's are coming out of the saab pipeline in the next 4-5 years.
I know of one dealer here in Australia that has a monthly new car sales target of just 2 cars a month.moronputz said:In a press release in the last week Saab Australia have stated that so far this year they are running "over 40%" down on last year (and 39% on expected volume) - at a time when the entire vehicle market is up 5.4%