BAIC and their SAAB purchase
April 15, 2011 in News
The Shanghai Auto Show is starting next week, with the media days on the 19th and 20th April. Ahead of the show Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co, known as BAIC, are showing off what they have on offer, and there is a lot to be interested in for Saab fans.
I’ll take a look at all the offerings after the jump.
The BAIC C70G is based on the Saab O-G9-5. BAIC have announced that the first C70G is going to roll off the production line later this year.
The C60F, based on the 9-3 technology BAIC purchased from Saab, will be on show at Shanghai and is said to be 80% complete. Rumours are BAIC will show off the production ready car at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012. BAIC have announced that the first C60F to roll off the production line will be in April or May next year.
I’ve not see any images of the C50 yet, but there is still a fair bit of talk about it. The C50 is said to be based on the O-G9-3 and is to be the car that the public will buy the most of. BAIC have said they expect the car to be coming off the production line in July next year, so I’d say we’ll see it at the Beijing Auto Show next year (if not before).
Finally the BAIC Q60FB-ACP, which at first glance will put fear in any Saab fan out there. For those that can’t see the above photos, the Q60FB-ACP looks identical to the current Saab 9-3. However you shouldn’t fear, BAIC have purchased 30 of the current Saab 9-3s and converted them to electric powered cars as part of the trial. So 30 people out there have got their hands on a Q60FB-ACP and a recharging base setup so they can recharge the prototype.
There’s a video walk around of the C60F at auto.163.com as well as more information on the above. Just a heads up Google translator does a bad job, I fortunately have a Chinese friend who does the translating for me =)
Late addition from Jeff: As an aside, I thought it was worth noting that Saab got a pretty good deal from BAIC compared to Ford. According to Reuters (his picture is at Autoblog), a former Ford engineer straight up photocopied sensitive documents onto a personal hard drive before leaving Ford and heading to you guessed it, BAIC. The documents reportedly covered a whole lot of secret documents, from engine and transmission details to electric power supply systems. He’s getting 6 years in prison. GM/Saab got a boatload of cash, Ford gets nothing and loses valuable IP. Who do you think got a better deal?