BAIC's Beijing Auto Works (BAW) division to unveil C71 Concept
23 April 2010

This is the reworked Saab 9-5 and Saab 9-3, the rights to which were bought by Chinese car maker BAIC last year.

The cars, which will be sold through BAIC's Beijing Auto Works (BAW) division, were unveiled at Friday's Beijing motor show, and is billed as the C71 Concept.

See the BAW C71 concept picture

The C71 is based on the 9-5 and has been launched as electric concept car, which uses a drop in battery that can be replaced in around two minutes. It has a claimed 93 mile range, 110kW and 188lb ft of power.

The C60 is a more straightforward reworking of the 9-3 and will go on sale imminently.

BAIC paid $200 million (£130m) to GM for the previous generation Saab 9-5 platform, the pre-2006 Saab 9-3 platform, a third mystery platform, two engines and two transmissions.

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21 April 2010

13 years and counting!

21 April 2010

[quote Autocar]This is the first image of the reworked Saab 9-5, the rights to which was bought by Chinese car maker BAIC last year.[/quote] It looks at lot better than the final version of the old 9-5, with its prepostrous Dame Edna Everage frontal appearance.

21 April 2010

Mystery platform? Did GM sell the aborted 9-5 platform to BAIC? The one that Saab was supposed to share with Alfa Romeo (159).

21 April 2010

hmmm not sure on this one, the front seems a bit out of kilter with the back.

21 April 2010

One thing is certain - it'll be the best and safest Chinese car available! :) if any of these end up in Russia, they'll be far better than the Cherys and BYDs invading there already!

21 April 2010

Have GM restricted the chinese from selling this car in europe? if not, This car could potentially do some serious damage to the lower rungs of the executive market if it landed here at a decent price.

the frontal restyling is pretty attractive in my eyes.

21 April 2010

[quote realdriver]

Mystery platform? Did GM sell the aborted 9-5 platform to BAIC? The one that Saab was supposed to share with Alfa Romeo (159).

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the 159 platform is essentially the same architecture the current 9-3 is riding on;which are unlike the original GM epsilon platform.

The C71 is loosely based on GM's 2900 Architecture since SAAB has heavily modified and re-modified it over the years.

The news; is that BAIC will invest $4Bn in the old architectures they bought from SAAB, which is just an obscene amount of money when really that money would be best spent in acquiring SAAB if only GM would let them.

21 April 2010

Typical - China gets proper SAAB door handles, while we have to make do with Caddillac cast-offs!! (Spyker - bring back SAABness please!!)

21 April 2010

[quote sorrel]it'll be the best and safest Chinese car available[/quote] And have the best interior......by a mile!

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