Yet another sign that GM is on the brink of selling to Spyker?
26 January 2010

The Saab 9-4X has entered production, further fuelling speculation that the Swedish car maker will be sold by parent company GM.

Figures produced by Automotive News show that 147 Saab 9-4X crossovers have been built at GM's Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, with 49 being built last week.

This is despite GM not yet confirming the Saab 9-4X will be sold, and officially continuing the winding down process of Saab. Reports suggest the cars are being built as pre-production test mules, which suggests GM sees a future for Saab.

The 9-4X is based on the same underpinnings as the Cadillac SRX crossover.

Similar in size to a Volvo XC90, though it’s expected to be strict five-seater, the 9-4X is based on GM's Theta chassis and will get all-wheel drive.

Rumours of Saab's imminent sale to Spyker are continuing, with the latest reports suggesting GM could make an announcement today (Tuesday).

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26 January 2010

The 9-4x was supposed to arrive before the SRX but was put back. The vehicle actually rides on GM's TE Architecture not Theta. The OPEL Antara uses Theta, TE makes the SRX and 9-4X larger vehicles.

26 January 2010

Fairly promising news.

If Spyker does get their hands on SAAB it would be wise for them to look into getting GM (sigh) to do a 7 seat version for them. If this car really is the same size as an XC90 it would be good if the car could offer at least the option of extra seats.

26 January 2010

[quote supermanuel]If Spyker does get their hands on SAAB it would be wise for them to look into getting GM (sigh) to do a 7 seat version for them. [/quote] I agree....it could be a major selling point, if they get the third row right.....the rear pillars seem pretty thick....so i wonder if that's possible....or maybe its just a disquise

26 January 2010

Given that the car will also be sold as a Buick, maybe they're just using Saab cosmetic parts for disguise to fool the motoring mags...

26 January 2010

[quote disco.stu]Given that the car will also be sold as a Buick, maybe they're just using Saab cosmetic parts for disguise to fool the motoring mags...[/quote]

You might be right disco.stu. That would be unbelievably cruel of course, so perfectly normal behaviour for GM.

26 January 2010

[quote nick80]it could be a major selling point, if they get the third row right.....the rear pillars seem pretty thick....so i wonder if that's possible[/quote]

You should see the chunky c pillars on the Chevy Captiva (based on the smaller Theta platform). That car comes with a 7 seat trim option- admittedly, rearmost passengers can't see a thing out of the car but they don't mind as they are usually playing with their PSP's.

:-)

26 January 2010

Don't like it.

26 January 2010

[quote TStag]

Don't like it.

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IMHO I love, trouble is I've been waiting for it for 3 years and still not released - if Gm had let this be released in 2008 and the 9-5 in early 2009, then they would have seen the value of Saab sooner. Spyker up!

btw, totally agree re: 7 seater - this is essential in UK market for families - I'd love to replace my wifes Zafira with one of these! After all Saab's earliest cars had 3 rows, so it's in the genes!

26 January 2010

Personally I think SAAB are looking at creating a 9-5x with 7-seats. Then they can drop the 9-4x after a while and boost production in Trollhättan further.

The Swedish plant has the capacity to build 250,000 units pa. If SAAB can get somewhere around that figure with the next 5 years then we are looking atone very profitable company with good future prospects.

Limited edition Sonett Bi-Turbo anyone?

26 January 2010

[quote WooDz]Personally I think SAAB are looking at creating a 9-5x with 7-seats. Then they can drop the 9-4x after a while and boost production in Trollhättan further.[/quote]

Makes sense to do this anyway, whether they keep the 9-4X or not. A 9-5X made in Trollhättan is preferable to a 9-4X made in Mexico by GM, tbh.

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