Winding Road Reviews the 9-4X (and more)

A great review of the 9-4X from Tom Martin. I’m not going to even bother to summarize it for you because it’s short and I’d rather you take the time to read it yourself (it’s one of the best Saab reviews I’ve ever seen actually). Highlights include:

“For those paying attention, the driving dynamics of the 9-4X are positively brilliant.”

And on Saab branding its technology as having real world usefulness:

“We can easily imagine a group of buyers, who are frustrated by zillions of features that work only occasionally, being drawn to Saabs because Saab really tries to design workable electronics rather than stacks of gizmos.”

What I found most interesting was Tom’s chart comparing the premium automakers’ choices regarding branding and image, and agree with his conclusions.

What are you waiting for, go read the article!

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And from the Burlington, VT Examiner comes another article which while more generic, backs up the 9-4X’s credibility as a confident performer and credible entrant into the crowded CUV market. As I’ve examined before, with the Saab’s superior pricing, you’d have to be pretty dumb to choose a competitor’s offering instead of the 9-4X.

 

Of course, we’ll have more to come this week.

Red J
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Interesting that nobody seems to have noticed that Mikael Jacobsson, the 9-4X program manager, has said in his presentation ( time stamp 0:48), that yesterday the production of the first customer orders started. Deliveries in the US will start in June ( in 3 weeks time) and in October in the rest of the world.

Uddo
Member
5 years 4 months ago

UK?
….the order book open here in September and, with first shipment is not expected until december…

http://autotrendsmag.com/new-car/saab-9-4x

jim
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Great review. It is true that Saab occupies a distinct part of the car market. Saab now has a full lineup of cars to sell. The SUV is important for the American market. I think Volvo is a Mercedes-Benz alternative and Saab is a BMW alternative. Audis tend to be overwrought now, which is opposite of what Saab is.

Bill H
Member
5 years 4 months ago

I like the table that he sets up, comparing the various brands as to their aesthetics, demographics etc.
You can quibble with what is inevitably an opinion, but it’s a good way to summarize aspects of these marques, and Saab stands up well. “Real World” indeed.

Chris Carrier
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Someone commented in the review that: “Well, if you want one before Xmas you better order now, the first production run has been all sold out all ready…” I’m sure this is not true, but anything to it?

w3c validator
Guest
5 years 4 months ago

It’s a bit tricky to judge.. as we don’t know how big the “first production run” is. I wish the first production run would be say… 20.000 cars.. then it would be nice. If it is 200 cars.. then it is not as nice. It would be interesting to know more about how the deal is between GM and Saab regarding the production in Mexico. That is something to dig into. Do we have anybody here who know someone at the GM factory in Mexico? 😉

JasonPowell
Member
5 years 4 months ago

Carl,

It would be interesting to know more about how the deal is between GM and Saab regarding the production in Mexico. That is something to dig into. Do we have anybody here who know someone at the GM factory in Mexico?

That may be a question for you to ask AJ or Darryl, they’re both well connected I think. I seem to remember a number like 12000 a year, but I may be wrong and I don’t know if there are any options of building more.

JasonPowell
Member
5 years 4 months ago

It could be true if they’re still going based on what we were told before that the first run will be 2011 models and then switch to 2012 for the next run. In any event, if you want one, the only way to be sure you get one is to place an order.

No 9
Member
5 years 4 months ago

No dealers in Vermont. Wow, I’m surprised.

maanders
Member
5 years 4 months ago

“The genius here is that Saab does smoothness not by giving the driver a flaccid, mushy chassis, but by using a very stiff body structure and a carefully designed suspension.”

Indeed! Those who enjoy driving do not like a “flaccid, mushy chassis”.

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