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 1 year 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.
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]
Building a hatchback doesn’t preclude adding a wagon to the range. Saab supposedly invented the ‘twin door’ concept that Skoda later used. A liitle bit of further refinement and Saab could build a really good […]
RS. I don’t have the actual figures on hand, but the number of 3D/5D hatchbacks sold was much greater than the 2D/4D sedans. So much so that Saab eventually discontinued the sedans in favour of the hatches. As […]
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