No 9-1 would be built, but a new 9-3 and 9-4X would make production
4 January 2010

Spyker has no plans to produce an entry-level Saab 9-1 should it take control of the Swedish manufacturer from General Motors - but the much delayed 9-4X SUV would finally be put into production.

The Dutch sports car firm would also press ahead with development of a new 9-3, set for a 2012 launch, according to the firm’s CEO Victor Muller.

Spyker has so far been guarded in revealing its plans for Saab should its 11-hour bid be successful. Muller told AOL that the firm would continue to be based in Trollhattan, where all Saab cars apart from the 9-4X would be produced.

Muller revealed that Saab’s relationship with GM would last “for years”, with GM supplying parts and engines for Saab’s cars.

As part of the deal, Spyker would gain access to Saab’s all-wheel drive technology, as well as some components from Saab’s parts bin. Spyker would also sell some of its cars in selected Saab dealerships.

GM has cancelled its 31 December deadline for a deal to save Saab to be completed while negotiations with Spyker continue. Saab production lines for the 9-5 and 9-3 cabrio are set to start up again on 11 January.

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4 January 2010

Let's hope the new 9-3 doesn't have the current Spyker design cues - trout crossed with carpet slipper - is not something that will appeal to the architects and dentists that seem to be Saab's most loyal customers ;o)

4 January 2010

Current Saab designs aren't what you're call "pretty".

GM couldn't make a profit from Saab.

Saab need's GM for their platforms and other technologies.

Spyker is a company who only produces a handful of cars per year.

Tell me how Spyker could make Saab stand alone in this world today? I'm an arm chair expert, and I probably have more ability than Spyker to make a go of it!

4 January 2010

Sorry to go off at a tangent, but did the sale of SAAB production lines to BAIC include the current 93? What are SAAB focusing now, from a production point of view? Surely they need to keep producing something while the sale goes through?

I must admit, I'm curious about what Spyker can acheive with SAAB, in same way I was about Koenigseggs plans for the company. If they could inject some new uniqueness into the brand, whilst maintaining that which made SAAB's unique during the 70' and 80's I'm sure they could start making a profit again.

I'm still severely dispointed with the way GM wasted the opportunity with SAAB and chose to try and force Cadillacs on Europe; How short-sighted......

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4 January 2010

[quote Marv]I'm still severely dispointed with the way GM wasted the opportunity with SAAB and chose to try and force Cadillacs on Europe; How short-sighted......[/quote]

i very much agree with this statement! GM had an executive brand in europe with Saab why did they try with Cadillac not only once in the 90s with the Seville etc but also recently with the BLS etc which in fact are rebadged saabs! this makes no sense at all! and this shows in the cadillacs sales figures! in saying that though this is good news if spykers plans go ahead and GM accepts! fingers crossed for all involved

4 January 2010

Fingers crossed Spycker & GM can find an agreement not only to save Saab but to keep all the people in the Saab organisation working! If Saab is to gain market share it badly and desperately needs a compact premium car, 9-3 saloon, estate and cabrio + 9-5 can't be enough to keep it afloat, it needs something to rival the C30, Mini, 1 series, A3 and even the Golf... No way this could be based on some current GM platform I'm afraid, "average- good" is no longer enough, it should have charisma and distinctive design allied to upmarket techology.

4 January 2010

So, Spyker will launch the cars already in development, and replace current models, but not introduce anything new. Radical!

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