As Saab closes up its latest chapter, which included bankruptcy and many months or “We’re sold, wait, no we’re not” turmoil, we were left wondering what happened to the 900 (ish) Saabs that got held up at port whenever the failed car company filed for bankruptcy. Well, now that Saab has been liquidated to the point that only the 900 cars remain, we now have an idea what’s going on with them.
According to reports, all 900 cars will be auctioned off to varying companies and exporters. Only 300 of these leftover Saabs will make their way into dealerships and the dealers have the option to either put them up for sale at a 30- to 50-percent discount and sell them or strip them down for parts. Obviously the most profitable game would be to strip them down, but it may take a while to sell off all of the parts. So we may be in for some super-cheap Saabs hitting what remaining Saab dealers there are.
The majority of the leftover Saabs will be auctioned to exporters and rental companies. So, for an American to snag up one of these Saabs he has to either find a dealership close enough that actually wants more stock on its lot or pick one up after the rental car company is done with it – AKA after it has been thrashed to within an inch of its life. Who buys a used rental car anyways?
According to the inventory report, there are 67 company cars, which include a 1960 Quantum IV and a `70 Sonnett III, over 450 9-5s, 400 9-3 sedans, 60 9-3 wagons, 12 9-3 convertibles and 28 9-4X crossovers.
So thus closes another part of the Saab saga. Now we just have to see what NEVS can do with the bankrupt Swedish automaker.
After being previewed by the Saab 9-4X BioPower, the third model in Saab’s line-up will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show. The new 9-4X will be placed in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan and will go on sale in May 2011.
The new 9-4X will be offered with a choice of V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The entry level gets a 3,0 liter version with 265 HP, while the Aero version will be powered by a 300 HP 2.8-liter version with direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control. The new 9-4X will be offered with Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.
"The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson. "It gives us entry to the fast-growing crossover segment with a vehicle that reflects our brand values in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design and sporty, responsible driving performance. The 9-4X is an exciting package and we’re confident it will appeal to many existing Saab owners, as well as win new customers for the brand."
The Saab 9-4X is coming at us in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show, but since no one in the auto industry can keep a secret for long, the first undisguised image of the future crossover has already surfaced on the internet. Good for us, probably even better for Saab since the buzz will only pick up with each leaked photo or spy shot.
The 9-4X will be built on an all new platform called the Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms. It will find itself with its own exterior and interior styling, but will have a dashboard design that will be similar to the new 9-5. The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine as the sole engine, but Saab is working on a diesel option for the future.
The 9-4X BioPower concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.
In 2008, there was a little concept by the name of the Saab 9-4X BioPower that was introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Two years later, Saab has finished polishing off the production version and will be revealing the second all-new model to be launched under the Spyker ownership at the Los Angeles Motor Show in mid-November.
The 9-4X will be built on an all new platform called the Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms. It will find itself with its own exterior and interior stylings, but will have a dashboard design that will be similar to the new 9-5. The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine as the sole engine, but Saab is working on a diesel option for the future. The concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.
So it looks like the Saab 9-4X Crossover – yep, that very same vehicle that we’ve been waiting a long time for – is finally ready to for its time in the spotlight. And, according to event organizers of the 2010 LA Auto Show, that time will take place later this year at their event.
If you’re having a little difficulty placing where you last saw this vehicle, it was actually a little over two years ago at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show where it was presented in a slightly different tag as the 9-4X BioPower Concept.
At that time, Saab was still owned by General Motors and the concept that was shown in 2008 carried the same powertrain with that of the Cadillac SRX. Now that Saab is under the Spyker brand, there’s no telling what kind of powertrain will be available for the production version of the 9-4X Crossover. The good news is that we won’t have to wait past the LA Auto Show to get the scoop on Saab’s new crossover.
The Saab 9-4X BioPower was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and although it created quite a stir before it was unveiled, consumers left the concept behind without as much as a glance backward. Now, two years after the concept was laid out on the show floor, Saab has announced that a production version will be unveiled by the end of this year.
The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter V6 Turbo Engine with 300 HP at 5,300 rpm and Sentronic six-speed automatic with transmission and paddle shifting at launch. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder delivering 220 HP will be added at a later date.
The concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.
Saab has also announced that an exciting lineup of vehicles are planned to hit the US market over the next year: an all-new Saab 9-3X premium crossover, the 9-3 sport sedan, 9-3 sportCombi, and the 9-3 convertible, as well as the all-new 9-5 sedan.
Struggling to make ends meet, it looked as if it was only a matter of time before Saab would have crumbled under the mounting debts it had incurred over the past couple of years. Fortunately for them, there’s finally a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel.
On the heels of reports that said that Saab was on the market for anyone willing to take a stab at restoring the company to its glory days, it appears that someone has taken up that challenge. Swedish supercar makers Koenigsigg, together with a group of Norwegian investors, has ironed out a lot of the details involved in the company’s imminent purchase of Saab. While there are still a few kinks left to iron out, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Saab has found new life under the Koenigsigg brand.
The Saab Chile web page revealed the first official images and details on the 2010 9-4X. The official unveiling will be made next year at the Detroit Auto Show.
According to the official informations from Saab, the 2010 9-4X will be powered by a 2.0 turbo engine that delivers 245 hp at 5,300rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1900rpm. The engine will be mated to a six speed sequential SENTRONIC gearbox.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6,4 seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
The first official image of the 2010 Saab 9-4X that have emerged from GM prove that the crossover closely resembles the Saab 9-4X BioPower concept introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The 2010 9-4X will make its world debut next spring, most probably at the 2009 New York Auto Show.
The five-passenger crossover is based on the same GM midsize sedan architecture as the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura, and the Saab will share its overall mechanical package with the forthcoming 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010 Cadillac SRX.
The 2010 Saab 9-4X will be priced like a BMW X3 and sized like an X5. Under the hood the company will place innovative powertrain options like the concept vehicles E85-fueled, direct-injection four-cylinder engine.
In a press conference GM revealed official images of some of their future model, including the 2010 Chevy Cruze, 2010 Cadillac SRX, 2010 Saab 9-4X, and the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.
At the same event, GM also confirmed the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe and 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon.
First to debut will be the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze at the Paris Auto Show. The Cruze will be based on GM’s Delta compact-car architecture and will be powered by a new 1.4-liter global engine that delivers between 120 to 140 hp. Sources say mileage could exceed 40 mpg.