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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.

So, fingers crossed!

Source: Autoblog.it

When Spyker bought Saab from General Motors early this year, a lot of people in the industry became convinced that, sooner or later, Spyker would release a concept car that has both elements Saab and Spyker infused into one awesome piece of machine.

One of those people – a Dutch industrial designer, Eduard Gray – believed it so much that he actually designed one his own take of what the Saab/Spyker concept could look like.

Taking particular and critical elements from both brands, which, in this case is Spyker’s chassis and its mid-mounted engine and low down aerodynamics and Saab’s innate ability in building cars whose physical aesthetics have become head-turners in recent time.

Combining both elements from Saab and Spyker, Gray was able to render the “Saab Spyker 9+ Tribute”, his own unique interpretation of what happens when Saab and Spyker team up to create a once-in-a-lifetime concept car.

Check out the photos and tell us what you think of Eduard Gray’s work of art.

Source: GT Spirit

With Saab finally being welcomed by Spyker with open arms, the months-long drama surrounding the beleaguered Swedish brand has finally come to an end.

Naturally, the deal is still subject to the approval of a European Commission regarding the €400 million loan Spyker is seeking from the European Investment Bank but barring any unexpected snags, Spyker’s acquisition of Saab is expected to be finalized anytime soon.

With Saab finally out of GM ’s hands, the two protagonists behind the deal – Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile and Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars – sat down and gave their insights regarding final details between the two brands and Saab’s future now that they’re in the hands of Spyker.

As far as we’re concerned, we’re just relieved that Saab has finally freed themselves from the chopping block and now we can look forward knowing that a once-proud car manufacturer has lived to see another day.

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After a lengthy back and forth between the American automotive giant General Motors and the Dutch based super car builder Spyker , the pair have finally entered into a binding contract regarding the sale of the Swedish automaker SAAB . According to GM vice president for corporate planning and alliances, John Smith, "Today’s announcement is great news for Saab employees, dealers and suppliers, great news for millions of Saab customers and fans worldwide, and great news for GM.”

So despite GM having to drastically downsize their production lineup around the world due to the recent credit crunch, this agreement means that Viggen fans around the world will be able to look forward to future models for quite some time to come because “General Motors, Spyker Cars, and the Swedish government worked very hard and creatively for a deal that would secure a sustainable future for this unique and iconic brand” with the newly formed Saab Spyker Automobiles corporation.

While SAABs are born from jets, Spykers are clearly inspired by them and all that is left for the two automakers to do is dot the “i”s cross the “t”s and file the last of the official paperwork in order to complete the transaction, something that is expected for mid February, and while this is good news for auto workers overseas as well as dealers here in the U.S. We can’t help but think about how the move will strengthen both brands, with Spyker Spyker adding a line of more affordable vehicles to its current exclusive super car lineup and a plethora of new high performance possibilities for the Swedish automaker, we are mainly looking forward to seeing a production version of the sweet looking SAAB Aero-X concept.

Press release after the jump.

The Swedish automaker Saab unveiled the new 9-5 sedan earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales set to begin early in 2010. The all new curvaceous four door will be followed by a more utilitarian station wagon and the first images have just surfaced on the information superhighway. The only thing is that being born from jets, Saab can’t just sit by and let their latest sport wagon be considered a boring old ordinary station wagon. Behold the almighty SportCombi.

Just like the sedan, the 9-5 SportCombi will be offered with a variety of power train options with the base model featuring a 1.6 Liter engine turbocharged four cylinder engine that can produce up to 180 HP. While at the other end of the spectrum, is a 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6 SportCombi that puts down a more masculine 300 HP. No matter which power plant you choose, Saab is offering a six speed manual or semi automatic transmission to mate it to. The new 9-5 SportCombi combines Saab’s latest swept back design theme that evokes speed and power even when sitting still, we just hope that they don’t disappoint.

Source: Autoweek.nl

The drama surrounding Saab is not over.

Days after we learned that General Motors has decided to throw the Swedish brand into the guillotine , Spyker has made a last ditch effort to keep Saab from shutting down when it submitted a new 11-point proposal to GM.

Apparently, Spyker has tied together a lot of the loose ends that resulted in the collapse of the initial negotiations done by the niche supercar makers and General Motors.

The company’s new offer was revealed by Spkyer CEO Victor R. Muller, who seems to be optimistic that a deal could take place in the near future.
"We are very confident that our renewed offer will remove the impasse that was standing in the way of an agreement on Friday, and this would still allow us to conclude the deal prior to the expiry of the deadline originally set by GM of December 31st", he said.

At the same time, Spyker has issued a December 21, 5pm EST deadline for their new proposal, something that GM would have to take a serious look at if it still has any hopes in salvaging Saab.

We don’t know how this whole soap opera is going to play out, but we’re still hoping that something gets worked out before the end of the year.
Nobody wants to see an auto brand fade into obscurity, least of all a brand that has given us a lot of premium-quality cars like Saab.

Source: Spyker

It was just a mater of time! After Koenigsegg aborted its intentions of buying Saab last month, today GM announced that "the intended sale of Saab Automobile AB would not be concluded." GM had been in discussions with Spyker Cars, but it seems it was impossible for the two parts to find an agreement.

"We regret that we were not able to complete this transaction with Spyker Cars. We will work closely with the Saab organization to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner. This is not a bankruptcy or forced liquidation process. Consequently, we expect Saab to satisfy debts including supplier payments, and to wind down production and the distribution channel in an orderly manner while looking after our customers."

As a result GM will start an orderly wind-down of Saab operations.

Press release after the jump.

We’re about two weeks away from bidding adieu to 2009 and General Motors has an enormously big decision to make before the calendar hits 2-0-1-0.

Sell Saab to Spyker or close it down permanently.

After months and months of negotiations to sell Saab - including a failed Koenigsegg purchase and a successful partial purchase of the 9-3 and 9-5 sedans by BAIC – it’s finally come down to just one bidder: Spyker .

According to GM head honcho Ed Whitacre, a deal with Spyker remains a distinct ‘possibility’, but given the relatively tight time frame – GM plans to close Saab if no deal happens by December 31 – the future of Saab is clearly headed for a down-to-the-wire decision.

Selfishly speaking, we don’t want Saab to suffer the same fate as Pontiac but if we’re being realistic about the whole situation, we don’t know how the Swedish brand can keep its head above water in the event that Spyker – a brand that hasn’t turned in a profit since God-knows-when – does end up buying it.

Either way, it’s going to be a pretty tight and busy holiday season for GM, Saab and Spyker.

Source: Reuters

Koenigsegg may have dropped the ball with purchasing Saab but at least somebody has stepped up to take the beleaguered car brand out of GM’s hands – at least some of it. Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings Co. Ltd has bought the intellectual rights for Saab’s 9-3 and 9-5 sedans, in addition to a number of powertrain technologies.

As part of the new deal, BAIC will be manufacturing the 9-3 and 9-5 sedans in China with Saab supplying invaluable knowledge and resource to BAIC as the company begins to improve its future line-up of cars. According to Jan Åke Jonsson, the managing director of Saab Automobile, the sale of the 9-3 and 9-5 sedans to BAIC is a step in the right direction for both companies. "We have developed a good relationship with BAIC and look forward to working with them to integrate this Saab technology into their future vehicles," he said.

Despite the sale of the 9-3 and 9-5 sedans to BAIC, General Motors is still pushing through with selling the entire brand to a number of potential suitors, the most notable of which has become Spyker.

Source: Telegraph

Koenigsegg’s sudden decision to drop out of purchasing Saab from General Motors has opened the doors for at least four different investment groups to purchase the floundering Swedish brand, which, incidentally, has not posted a profit for the past seven years. One of the potential buyers of Saab is the Dutch supercar manufacturer Spyker , which, together with its parent company, Converse Bank of Russia, has posted a bid to purchase Saab.

Unlike Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co – who only seems interested in Saab’s 9-3 and 9-5 sedans – Spyker is looking at purchasing the whole Saab brand with an eye towards further developing the 9-4X crossover, as well a using Saab’s technology to further develop its own crossover, the D12 Peking-to-Paris .

In addition to Spyker and BAIH, Merbanco Inc. and Renco Group Inc. are also in the running to purchase Saab from General Motors.

Source: Autonews

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