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Another Manufacturer Announces Premium Hatchback

Posted on 27. Oct, 2009 by .

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As the silence continues to be deafening from Saab as to whether they will be producing premium hatchbacks in the future, Jaguar has recently announced that they will be launching a premium hatchback in the next few years.

This news continues with a long line of high end up market manufacturers planning on launching premium hatchback models in the next year or so. The lack of a response from Saab Automobile about their position on hatchbacks since they ended them back in 2002 continues to surprise many as they had a long 28-year history of building them (1974-2002).

The question is, will Saab ever consider re-entering this segment as other premium manufacturers plan on launching them on a global scale in the next few years?

Here is the list of eight of those manufacturers that we can only hope that Saab will join.

    Skoda 2010 Superb W/Twin Back
    Opel Insignia 2010 5-door hatch (same platform as all new Saab 9-5)
    BMW 2010 3-Series & 5-Series Hatchbacks W/Twin Back
    Audi 2010 A5 Sportback
    Porsche – 2010 Panamera
    Jaguar – 2014 XF Hatchback
    Aston Martin – 2010 Rapide 5-Door Hatch
    Bugatti 2013 Bugatti C16 Galibier 3-Door & 5-Door Hatch

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How Will Saab Compete In An Era Of Emerging Hatches?

Posted on 14. Oct, 2009 by .

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It is rather ironic, but today it seems like everyone except for Saab, is launching premium hatchback models. I say, good for them for doing it because Saab was historically known for hatches, however that 28-year history of hatchbacks came to an end in 2002.

Joe from Gaywheels states that “The trend seems to be melding the sedan with wagon to get a hybrid hatch. Not as functional as a wagon but arguably more sexy.”

The majority of the competition is now beginning to offer a number of premium hybrid hatchback models for buyers today from 3-doors to 5-doors and the demand is growing.

When it comes to the all new Saab 9-5 sedan, many were hoping including myself for that to also be a premium sport back model with a hatch, but it was not.

To clarify, while Saab has wagons or combi models and even an all new 9-5 Wagon coming. However, these models are not hatchbacks are not a replacement for a sport back premium hatch as they are wagons and therefore a completely different segment.

The question now is going to become, can Saab Automobile, once a legend in premium sport back hatches, compete in a premium hatchback segment where they no longer offer this in their product portfolio? I wonder if ending the hatchback a whole seven years ago and now seeing the market demand what they once had with competitors responding, is going to finally send the message to Saab Automobile. Regardless, Saab best take swift action and include a hatch in the all new 9-5 sedan as a variant and certainly in the new 9-3 to debut in 2011.

Here’s a list of manufacturers with their respected models on board with a 5-door hatchback model today that are part of the premium luxury sport hatch segment including some with the versatile twin-back system.

BMW 2010 3-Series & 5-Series Hatchbacks W/Twin Back

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Audi 2010 A5 Sportback

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Skoda 2010 Superb W/Twin Back

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Honda 2010 CrossTour

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Opel Insignia 2010 5-door hatch (same platform as all new Saab 9-5)

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Jaguar To Launch 2014 Hatchback To Model Lineup

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Porsche – 2010 Panamera

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Aston Martin – 2010 Rapide 5-Door Hatch

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Bugatti 2013 Bugatti C16 Galibier 3-Door & 5-Door Hatch

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