AUTOMOBILES: From Turbo To Trouble

From Turbo To Trouble

With its turbocharged engine and curvilinear profile, the Swedish-built Saab 900 was a chariot of choice for arrivistes of the mid-1980s. But now Saab- Scania's auto division is hitting the skids, largely because of intensified competition and a relatively weak dollar that has pushed the cost of Saab's newest 9000 turbo model to a base price of $30,795. The parent company confirmed rumors last week that it is discussing a possible linkup with Ford, which could give the Swedish company's finances a boost. The U.S. automaker is believed to be particularly interested in ventures with the Swedish company's very profitable truck...

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