Recently I mentioned that GM bought Saab back in 1989 largely because it missed out on buying Jaguar, but still wanted a premium European brand in it’s portfolio. A bit of “me too” to show Ford. A number of people seemed surprised by that story.
Which is odd because I thought it was fairly common knowledge. Anyway reinforcing what I said,…[Read more]
Whilst J.C.’s 9-3 (or 900) definitely still needed some work, I didn’t find it totally ugly. By the same token, I didn’t find Padian’s NG9-5 fantastic either. I’ve always thought the front looked a bit owlish, the side view a bit like a squashed Rover 75 and the whole thing just a trifle stodgy. About the only thing I really liked was the…[Read more]
In 1999 Saab lacked the funds to develop a new 900 platform. It looked at adapting the 9000 platfrom for the 900 and indeed early NG900 prototypes featured a modified 9000 platform. This platform was wider and gave the NG900 a more chunky look. However using the 9000 platform would’ve made the NG900 almost as expensive to make as a 9000 and…[Read more]
Sadly it didn’t get made. I kind of liked the NG900 hardtop coupe that Valmet Automotive built as a concept. Sadly that didn’t get made either.
I’ve always been suspicious of NEVS motives. I thought there was a bigger picture which we weren’t able to see. However NEVS ideas (whatever they truly were?) have fallen in a heap and a lot of important time has been wasted. They say Saab is a cat with nine lives but I think it has only one or two of those lives left now. NEVS has used up a…[Read more]
Angelo forgets that GM saved Saab from the clutches of Fiat at the 11th hour. Fiat wanted 100% of Saab but GM was initially happy to take only a 50% stake. Something that Saab-Scania was happier with and a deal was struck. Personally I think Fait would’ve sold Saab again within a decade. Saab could have benefitted somewhat from Fiat, but Fiat…[Read more]
Looks Good. I hope you find those Soccerballs. I owned 2 99 EMS 2 doors that had them. I’m not sure if the US got the 99 GLE? If it did, might be able to find some rare gold soccerballs which I think would look great on your LE.
Here’s what they look like: http://www.saab99.org/brochures/1975gle/75gle-03.jpg
Mark commented on the post, There is only ONE possible future owner of SAAB Cars and that is SAAB AB 6 months, 1 week ago
I’d certainly like Saab AB to own Saab again but I wouldn’t be averse to Mahindra owning around 30%. Mahindra could have access to the Phonenix platform and produce non Saab vehicles using it. This would give Saab not only a good cash influx but provide a valuable testbed for the Phoenix platform prior to Saab actually using it itself on new models.
Incidentally I believe Fiat’s plan was to use the Lancia Dedra’s floorpan for the NG900. The Dedra’s platform wasn’t fantastic but certainly not worse than the sub standard thing that Saab got from GM. In fact I think that Saab could have probably done a bit better with the Lancia platform.
My point was that GM didn’t actually save SAAB from extinction. Rather it saved the brand from the clutches of Fiat. That seemed a pretty good thing at the time, but as the years went by it looked more and more like SAAB had got a raw deal.
Actually I’m in error. It was 51% which would’ve still given FIAT a controlling interest in Saab-Scania’s car division. GM offered a lot less money for 50% ownership and somehow won the bid.
This old article gives more details: http://www.saabhistory.com/2008/07/29/the-fiat-acquistion-of-saab-scanias-car-division-1989/
Mark commented on the post, Mahindras plan for SAAB during the bidding process in 2012 1 year ago
I don’t think Saab can keep peddling out the old 9-3 for 3-4 years let alone 6-8 years. It was past it’s prime and overdue for repalcement even in 2012.
I’d go along with the small hatchback plans but make it a Golf/Jetta like situation where the 9-3 Sports sedan also comes in a smaller 3 door/5 door hatch sharing many parts and panels. The 3 door can even use the basic 2 door convertible’s doors. Saab actually planned something like this with the 9-3SS in 2002, but due to drastic cuts in it’s…[Read more]
The NG9-5 would be quite old by the time anyone else could build it, and GM wouldn’t let anyone else build it anyway. If Spyker had kept going with Saab, it intended to replace the NG9-5 quite early with a Phonenix platform car and remove connections with GM. By 2016 it likely would have been replaced anyway.
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