VM on Fox Car Report – the most important Saab video you’ll watch this month

I’ve linked to a shortened version of this interview several times already this week. What you get at the following link is a full 15 minute interview with Victor Muller, where he covers a number of Saab- and Spyker-related topics with Gary Gastelu from Fox.

Click here to watch the video. The first section is with some product managers from Ford, but I imagine that most of you won’t be bothered with that. If you click the video timeline at about the 14:30 minute mark, the video will buffer and take you straight to the section with Victor.

Some of the issues covered in the video that will be of particular interest…

Product timeline
Vm runs through the prospective product timeline. We’ve covered all of this before, but it’s 9-4x in April next year, followed by the 9-5 wagon shortly thereafter. The new Saab 9-3 will come late 2012 and if they get to do it – which they’re quite optimistic about – a Saab 92 would come in 2013 or 2014.

Wishlist – including Saab Sonett IV
The prospective Saab 92 is at the very top of VM’s wishlist, as we all know. When quizzed about a possible Saab Sonett, VM states that it’s almost impossible to stop Jason Castriota sketching this and with an all-Saab developed platform for the new 9-3, the possibilities of using that for a new Sonett are “not slim”.

Partnerships
VM talks about negotiations that are ongoing with a premium carmaker for technology sharing. Of course, all the smokesignals in the press and a few whispers from my own Djup Strupe contacts are indicating that the company involved is BMW but no names have been mentioned at an official level.

9-3 platform
Victor talks a little about the architecture that will underpin the next Saab 9-3. This is the Phoenix platform that we’ve discussed here at SU in the past. This is probably the best link for previously known information about the Phoenix platform. In short, it will be a thouroughly customised and re-engineered version of the original Epsilon I architecture that sits under the current Saab 9-3 range.

There is plenty more in the video for you to take in. Of course, the reason Fox were at Monticello in the first place is to cover the launch of the new Saab 9-5 and they spend some time talking about the new car.

In terms of straightening out fact from several recent online fictions, this video is an anchor that you should attach yourself to. It’s a very important filter through which stories about Saab should be viewed.

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