Remember that cute little Saab 92 that littered the streets back in the 1950s? Well, if Victor Muller gets his wish, we might be seeing more of them in the near future.
According to a telephone interview done by Bloomberg, the Saab CEO is pushing for a revival of one of the brand’s most iconic cars and is doing his part in talking with a number of different automakers in negotiating to share technology and develop a new platform for the modern day 92.
Despite confirming their plans for a 92 revival, Muller is keeping mum on who the brand has been negotiating with, saying only that "discussions are already ongoing". And in the event that everything pushes through, Saab’s "old-new" car should come back for quite a revival in the next two to three years as it gears up for a full-scale war with MINI, the Audi A1 and the Fiat 500.
Spyker’s purchase of Saab certainly came with its fair share of risks and the Swedish supercar maker is optimistic that the short-term risks would eventually yield to long-term gains.
Now that Saab is in the fold, Spyker aims to increase their production total from about 50 cars per year under their own brand to somewhere in the thousands range through the Saab brand they purchased from General Motors. As it stands, Saab is being kept afloat through loans from the European Investment Board and funds it received from selling some of its assets to Beijing Automotive Works.
In the long run, Spyker is pegging a number of 80,000 to 85,000 vehicles sold annually for the next few years so that it can dig itself out of the proverbial red ink hole it’s currently in. According to Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson, the brand is confident that it could reach those figures sometime in the next few years - possibly as early as the latter part of 2011 - and eventually, reach somewhere around 125,000 units sold annually thereafter.
That’s their version of a light at the end of the tunnel.
Now that Saab is under Spyker ownership, things look like they are going to be changing a bit for the Swedish company. Proof of that will come in the shape of the new generation 9-3 to be unveiled sometime in 2012.
The new generation 9-3 will use the same techniques as the new 9-5 and the design will be inspired by the Saab Aero-X concept which is a pretty interesting and innovative concept in its own regard. We have to say, we have been not-so-patiently waiting for this concept to see the light of day in a production car. Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up, but it will feature more improvements in order to offer better consumption and fuel economy reduction.
Saab’s new 9-3 will need to have a helluva lineup in order to regain some of the market it has lost during its tumultuous times. We can only assume this is why Saab has opted to bring back the hatchback. Hatchbacks seems to be pretty trendy nowadays (don’t ask us why; we don’t see the attraction) so choosing to bring back the 5-door might give them a spot in this little niche.
Imagine the dread felt by Saab fans when their favorite car brand came this close to being shut down. "What?! No more Saab Festival?!"
That came very close to happening, too. Fortunately, Spyker came to the rescue, saving Saab from fading into obscurity by taking the Swedish brand off of the hands of General Motors.. Now that Saab is alive and well, the 2010 Saab Festival is likewise healthy and ready to blast-off.
For the first time since switching parent companies, Saab will be hosting the 2010 Saab Festival at the brand’s stomping grounds in Trollhättan, Sweden, from July 15 to 18, 2010. Among the scheduled events expected to take place in the four-day affair is the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Saab 96, including the three RAC Rally triumphs it enjoyed during its peak in the 60’s. In addition to giving Saab fans a chance to take a trip down memory lane, Saab will also afford them the opportunity to catch glimpses of the future of Saab, including the all-new 9-5 sedan, which is expected to be one of the event’s highlight displays.
According to Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile, this year’s event is especially important given that the brand is starting with a clean slate under a new parent company. "Many Saab fans around the world demonstrated great support for Saab during the sale negotiations and we are delighted to take this opportunity of showing our appreciation," he said.
If you’re a Saab fan, we suggest you mark your calendars and should time and money permit, hop on a plane to Sweden to enjoy the festivities with your brethren. It should be a lot of fun.
Saab’s new 2010 9-5 sedan has been a regular fixture in so many auto shows, we couldn’t even count them anymore. Despite its continued presence, we’ve yet to see the new 9-5’s five-door variant - a 9-5 SportsCombi or a 9-5 Estate, whichever you prefer.
Then, straight from a brochure, or maybe a line-up presentation, comes this image, albeit blurry, of what looks to be the Saab we’ve been waiting quite a while for. While there hasn’t been any announcements from Saab regarding this potential five-door vehicle, we’re still free to speculate, right?
So, we’re speculating that this could very well be the new 9-5 Estate and, should our hunch prove to be right, this ride feeds into our high expectations of the car quite well. We’re just hoping that Saab sheds some light on this matter, even if it’s just a sliver of what we can expect.
Or maybe this is already it, at which we’d like to ask you folks to give your two cents on the car. Neigh or Hey?
It wasn’t too long ago when Saab was perilously close to getting its head chopped off. Now, they’re releasing a new online configurator for the 2010 9-5 sedan. What a difference a change in ownership makes, huh?
The Swedish brand just came out with a configurator on their website for the 9-5 and, while it’s not as extensive as other configurators we’ve played with in the past, it’s still better than having nothing. Nothing being what Saab had at the beginning of the year.
The configurator currently only allows you to tweak colors and the wheels on the car, but the full version of the configurator will be up soon. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for this, which isn’t really that bad of an alternative, especially if you’re someone who may be interested in scooping one up in the future.
The new Saab 9-5 Sedan marks an all-new era for Saab. It is not only the first model revealed after the Swedish brand went under Koenigsegg’s ownership, but it also comes with a new design, inspired by both Aero X and Saab heritage. The all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to start later in model year 2010.
For the new 9-5 sedan, the front is inspired by the Aero-X Concept of a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block headlamp units. The entire glasshouse is presented as a ‘wraparound’ mono graphic, the disguised windshield and side pillars giving the cabin Saab’s signature cockpit look. Squint slightly and the proportions of the windshield and roof become reminiscent of the classic 900 model.
The car comes with a variety of engine options with the base model having a 1.6-lite engine that can produce up to 180 hp. On the other end of the spectrum, is a 9-5 that comes with a 2.8-liter turbo V6 engine that puts out approximately 300 hp. While engines may differ depending on which version of the car you get, all 9-5 sedans do come with the same six-speed tranny in either stick-shift or semi-automatic.
The interior comes with all the neat trinkets – including a Harman Kardon surround sound audio system that can be configured and controlled through the touch screen display - that befit a car of this stature.
Updated 04/21/2010: Saab today announced the US prices for the new 9-5 sedan set to arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms in July. The 2.8-liter V6 turbo version is priced at $49,990, while for the 2.0-liter turbo variant customers will have to pay less than $40,000 (this version will be added at a later date). The new 9-5 will be offered with: leather-appointed seats and steering wheel, power front seats with memory settings for the driver’s seat and mirrors, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, a cooled glove box, front and rear interior reading lamps, and 12V outlets in the front console and trunk.
UPDATE 06/03/2010: Check out the new commercial released by Saab for the 2010 9-5 by clicking on the picture above.
UPDATE 06/10/2010: Here’s the next commercial in a series of commercials made to show customers the capabilities and active features of the brand’s new flagship sedan. Check out the next commercial after the jump.
It seems like it was only yesterday when General Motors had little interest in keeping Saab on its roster resulting in the Swedish brand being primed to get the proverbial ax of the guillotine.
But thanks to a last-ditch effort by Spyker, Saab lived to see another day.
And that another day has finally come after the first Saab cars produced under Spyker finally rolled out of the Trollhättan production facility.
Saab Automobile CEO Jan Jonsson was present at the plant with his Spyker counterpart, CEO Victor Mullen and plant director Gunnar Brunius to welcome the first Saab to roll off of production – a new 9-5 sedan, which was then followed by a 9-3 Convertible.
Saab cars will have a new home in Royal Oak, MI thanks, in large part, to the State of Michigan Economic Development Council and the City of Royal Oak. The two worked together to establish a $1.4 million tax credit over five years. The project was established in order to convince Saab to keep its headquarters in Michigan. Saab plans to move 60 current positions to their new location and will altogether create or retain 2000 jobs in North America.
"This is tremendous news for Oakland County. While the county continues to transform into a knowledge-based economy through my Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street and Automation Alley initiatives, the automobile industry still employs a large segment of our workforce. This affirms that we remain the global center of the auto industry. Credit is due to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, my Economic Development Department and Royal Oak," said L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.
Ever since we saw the Saab Aero-X unveiled back in 2006 at the Geneva Show, we were praying for a miracle to see it put under production. And it seems we are about to get our miracle!
Now that Saab is under Spyker’s protection, the company’s main focus will be to get its good name back. And according to Victor Muller a supercar based on the Aero-X concept is the best possibility. According to him the future supercar will be built on a C8 Aileron platform and the design will be inspired by the Saab’s concept.