BAIC buys WEIGL Transmission Plant AB

After purchasing the technology for the old Saab 9-5 and pre-2006 Saab 9-3, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC) have further move towards manufacturing the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as Beijing Auto branded cars in the Chinese market.

BAIC have purchase WEIGL Transmission Plant AB, the company that manufacture gearboxes for Saab and GM. Early reports say that the deal, worth 31 million Euro, has included the factory, production equipment and IPR for the F25 and F35 gearboxes that are found in the Saab 9-3 and 9-5.

Brendan

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

Does WEIGL make the gearboxes for the current 9-3 and 9-5, or is this for the BAIC generations only? I should know, but I’m feeling lazy and would rather have an official answer πŸ™‚

zippy
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zippy
5 years 6 months ago
Markac
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Markac
5 years 6 months ago

That would seem to suggest that the 9-3’s replacement might be considerably delayed if it isn’t to use the Phoenix (updated Epsilon 1) platform? Giving up Phoenix would move Saab even further away from it’s GM phase. Perhaps there’s some good in that?

Markac
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Markac
5 years 6 months ago

That’s a confusing article. Phoenix was meant to be an updated Epsilon platform.

Dan
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5 years 6 months ago

I’m pretty sure they’re being somewhat sensational there. Isn’t PhoeniX a massive redesign of Epsilon, NOT an “entirely new” platform?

interesting that tidbit about Scania’s involvement in there too.

RandomGuy
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RandomGuy
5 years 6 months ago

The Weigl plant in Gothenburg is already mostly emptied out. Everything shipped to China and most of the workforce is laid off.
The plant also made the camshafts for the cast iron engines and heavy duty transmission parts for heavy machinery.

Chris
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Chris
5 years 6 months ago

The most unacceptable part of Saab cars was always the transmission.
The transmissions simply never matched the quality of the engine and the status of the car.
I hope VM will fix that.

Chris
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Chris
5 years 6 months ago

What about F25 and F35 spare parts needed in existing cars all over the world?
Who is gonna make them? The Chinese?

Thylmuc
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Thylmuc
5 years 6 months ago

Wasn’t that the old Saab plant? Why did Weigl buy it, only to sell it after about three years? Weird.

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