SAAB-related news and random posts.
Old SAAB engine by Peter From on Flickr
SAAB and BMW have agreed on a deal thatw ill allow the Swedish manufacturer to use a new BMW engine on the upcoming SAAB 9-3.
The deal hasn't been officially announced but an inside source told Bloomberg that it will be announced by the time of the Paris Motor Show in 29 September, 2010.
BMW has been looking for opportunities to sell components to increase the brand's revenue and this is a perfect chance for both makers.
Vaillante Saab , Monte Carlo historique by golfhunter on Flickr
SAAB is supposedly returning to its rallying roots, with a team competing in the international event for 2012.
SAAB and World Rally Championship officials recently met to apparently discuss the manufacturer's return to its most famous racing tradition. SAAB last ran a team on the WRC in 1979, and had been a staple of rally races until then.
SAAB's new rally racing car will probably be based on the new 9-1 or 9-2 design that should be coming out soon.
More at Motortrend
SAAB 9-2 concept by Auto Express UK
SAAB is supposedly getting its new small sized car from MINI, sources say.
Apparently SAAB is linking up with BMW to source a new small car out of the MINI line, and even SAAB's new boss, Spyker's Victor Muller, has confirmed SAAB is looking to produce a small car. The manufacturer has even given this new project the code name 9-2.
Muller admits SAAB won't be designing the new car by itself: “We could build the 9-2 on our
own, but that wouldn’t make sense,” he said. “Thanks to the crisis in
the industry, everyone is willing to share everything. So Spyker
couldn’t have bought Saab at a better time.”
2008 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan Snow Silver by moveyourminspain on FlickrJuly 31, 2010
SAAB is looking to explore the electric vehicle segment with 100 electric units of new 9-3 model, scheduled to begin the tests next year.
After lengthy speculation and conflicting information, SAAB has released a short term plan, which outlines the main objectives of the Scandinavian automaker. The engineers will focus the efforts in the immediate aftermath to the next generation of 9-3 model, which will serve alongside the current 9-5, to boost the brand sales.
SAAB Magazine picture by SAAB
The latest edition of Saab Magazine is now available in a digital page turning version.
This issue, the first since the Saab Spyker deal was signed, takes a closer look behind the scenes at some of the people who made the deal possible and who helped to keep Saab alive during the reorganization process – including the CEOs of both companies, the dealers, designers and those working in the Trollhättan factory building the next generation Saab models.
The magazine also gives readers a glimpse of what the future may hold for Saab, and follows preparations for the launch of the long-awaited new Saab 9-5.
Please find links to English language editions below.
English (International version)
English (UK version)
Source: Saab July 14, 2010
FORTUNE -- The latest chapter in the all-but-quixotic effort to revive Saab cars by its new owners played out this week with the media launch of the Saab 9-5 Aero.
That Saab has survived at all while other, better known GM brands -- Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn -- collapsed during the GM bankruptcy is a testimony to either dumb luck or sheer stubbornness.
Now the automaker faces the equally daunting task of reestablishing itself as a legitimate competitor in the luxury space after halting production and advertising for months -- and thus nearly vanishing from the consciousness of potential customers.
(note: let's be fair here: SAAB production was stopped because GM did not pay import taxes on parts needed for manufacture and the Swedish government had no option but stop production).