Autoweek on Saab

On the September print edition of Autoweek, a US car magazine, has a two-sider, albeit with not much text, on Saab.

On the left side there is an article on Jason Castriota. It really doesn’t say much we doesn’t already know.

But they also say things I don’t know like this,

Castriota is now tasked with helping to generate buzz for the launch of the 9-4X crossover….

And a quote from Jason Castriota that makes me say, the next Saab convertible is mine.

You don’t want to produce the most provocative thing in the world when you’re trying to sell 500,000 [units].

And on the right side there is a small article on Tim Colbeck and his presentation in Los Angeles in August.

Tim Colbeck talks about a lot of things like finance, current models and new models, and there are two or three statements from him on new models that are quite interesting.

…That will be followed by a fresh 9-3 in early 2013. Colbeck described it as a car that takes design cues from the company’s heritage, but it has a bit of edginess to it.

This is about the next 9-3, but he also talked about the small Saab, I prefer to call it small Saab than 9-2/9-1.

Colbeck said that Saab CEO Victor Muller and design director Jason Castriota are reviewing about five designs for a modern reimagining of the 92.

And a last quote on the possible future naming convention for Saab cars. We talked about returning to the 900, or maybe getting rid of the dash so the 9-3 would become a 93, but what do you think about this option?

Future Saabs could also get names instead of numbers.

I’m confident that on Monday something has to happen, and after that we will talk more about the cars than on the finances.

And thanks to Jan H-F for the scans.

SteveW
Member
5 years 22 days ago

I like JC’s ambition – 500,000 units. This guy has a can do attitude.

Yerrun
Member
5 years 21 days ago

It took me a while to get it, but it’s indeed a brilliant quote πŸ™‚ Saab can do these things that others can’t… (Hello Audi?)

ThomasJ
Member
5 years 22 days ago

Start up the engines and let’s go in to the future of SAAB!

martinsaab
Member
5 years 22 days ago

@redj: your words in god’s ear – as we would say in Germany πŸ™‚

sgns
Member
5 years 22 days ago

I’m confident that on Monday something has to happen, and after that we will talk more about the cars than on the finances.

It’s funny isn’t it. We would do nothing rather than be able to talk about the cars here and leave this behind, yet how just how Saab goes through it is what makes it Saab, which is why we are here.

Yeah, this too will pass.

Jake
Member
5 years 21 days ago

So true; so true…

JH
Member
5 years 22 days ago

I really look forward to the day when we can talk about cars and technology without having to worry about financing! I am interested in financial things, but I don’t want to be worried about Saab’s survival all the time…

SaabKen
Member
5 years 21 days ago

I prefer a numerical naming convention. But that’s just me.

2013 seems so close ….. I wonder how SAAB is spending (if any) R&D monies on the development for the next 9-3. And I thought the 9-2/9-1 wasn’t part of their official business case, as stated by VM many many times ?

Alas, good to hear some behind-the-scenes goings-on than all the financial doom & gloom ……

pekko a
Member
5 years 21 days ago

saab have mou of npjv with youngman where saab designs and start manufacturing of 9-2, 9-6 and 9-8 and youngman gives needed financing…

Bravada from GMI
Member
5 years 21 days ago

Please, enough talk of the model name scheme change. We’ve been there so many times, each and every poll shows clear preference for the current one, and some of the press releases even explicitly mention future models as “9-6” and “9-7”. I think Saab should settle that and move on. The market and public have spoken.

Now, how about production – I’ve got two more people interested in a Saab now, neither can get one because the inventories are depleted.

aerostar
Member
5 years 21 days ago
Bravada, yes the current market and current public have spoken about the proposed name change. Unfortunately Saab has not and cannot exist with the amount of sales created by the current market and current public. Saab needs some conquest sales (sales from other brands.) In the the 1980’s when Saab sales were cranking upward it was from the sales that were being conquested from other brands both up and down the entry luxury segment. I am in favor of changing the 9-3 moniker as long as the change is still Saab identifiable. I could see a new 9-3 sized coupe/convertible… Read more »
Belfast_Saab
Member
5 years 20 days ago

+1

SteveW
Member
5 years 21 days ago

RedJ – ah I see the context and message now you have provided more of the quote πŸ™‚ sorry for the stupid comment! Can’t wait to see JC’s 9-3 replacement. (sorry this isn’t a directly reply but I’m on an iPhone and mobile version will not switch off.

Jasza
Member
5 years 21 days ago

And what do you think about 9-31 and then 9-32?

Jasza
Member
5 years 21 days ago

2013 9-3 will be named 9-31, next generation of 9-31 be the 9-32 and on and on…..

zippy
Member
5 years 20 days ago

Source? I hope you are wrong though.

Belfast_Saab
Member
5 years 20 days ago

+1, meaningless and awkward

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