Chinese firm buys rights to current 9-3, old 9-5 and powertrain tech
14 December 2009

General Motors has sold key Saab assets to Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC).

The Chinese firm has bought the rights to the current 9-3 and the old 9-5, as well as Saab’s tooling and powertrain technology.

Saab’s managing director Jan-Ake Jonsson said, “This arrangement is excellent for both parties, now and for the future.

“We have developed a good relationship with BAIC and look forward to working with them to integrate this Saab technology into their future vehicles.”

Dutch sports car firm Spyker had been keen to land the whole of Saab and over the weekend, its CEO Victor Muller said it was still in talks to buy the whole of the Swedish firm.

Twitter - follow all the latest Saab reviews, news and video

Join the debate


14 December 2009

This should read "elements of the current 9-3" and all of the old 9-5. A small difference but essential in understanding that GM do NOT want their latest technology falling into to hands of another Chinese manufacturer that will would become an aggressive competitor to the GM-SIAC corporation.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out