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

Re: Saab 9-4X enters production

roverfan1984 wrote:
I dont think Opel has any negative connotations in this country, if anything it will remove some of the negative connotations Vauxhall has.

I was watching the BTCC on Speed channel the other day and it was good racing. I checked out the website to see who won the championship; it was Colin Turkington BMW 320si E90. So out of curiosity I checked the history section of the site to see how many times BMW, VW, or Honda had dominated this series in recent years and was surprised by what I found.

2009 BTCC Manufacturers/Constructors Championship - Vauxhall
2008 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2007 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2005 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2004 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2003 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2002 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
2001 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall
1995 BTCC Manufacturers' Championship - Vauxhall

Yes those negative connotations Vauxhall has. I know a Vauxhall is a car most can afford, and it is certainly no status symbol, but why this self hate of your home team? I thought you folks cheered for the underdog, or is this only if it’s someone else’s underdog? I mean for the most part Aussie’s love their Holdens; I really just don’t get it.

roverfan1984 26 January 2010

Re: Saab 9-4X enters production

wheats wrote:
Vauxhall (time to rebrand as Opel)

I agree with this one, it makes no sense at all to continue selling Opels in however many dozens of countries, and Vauxhalls in just this country. They were once separate brands with different cars but now the cars are identical, theyve even now dropped the 'V' grille on the Insignia and new Astra, so the grille is the same, its literally just the little round badge thats different.

To compare it to other markets than cars, its comparable to Santander taking over Abbey National- theyve changed the product- its all the same. Theyve changed all the branding, the logos, everything. The name change is just the final step.

I dont think Opel has any negative connotations in this country, if anything it will remove some of the negative connotations Vauxhall has.

scoch 26 January 2010

Re: Saab 9-4X enters production

I think it looks allright, bit of a change is always refreshing, doesn't look German which is a massive bonus.