If you’re a daily reader here at TS then you may have reacted like I did when you saw the headlines all over the automosphere today saying that the Saab 9-3x and Saab 9-5 would be coming in 2009.
That reaction would be “what took those sites so long?”
Yes, GM did issue a press release in the last 24 hours about global sales in which there was a line about the Saab 9-3x and the new Saab 9-5 appearing this year.
In addition, Opel sales in Russia increased by 49 percent, while Saab increased 68 percent in 2008 compared with a year ago. The Opel Insignia won the prestigious European Car of the Year Award – a first for Opel in 22 years and a strong statement about GM’s global midsize vehicle architecture. Important launches for GM this year in the region include the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and Astra; Chevrolet Cruze; and the new Saab 9-3X and 9-5.
This is the first time GM has come out openly and stated it, but both model schedules have been talked about here in recent timea, particularly in the wake of interviews I did with Eric Geers from Saab Sweden late last year.
So the good news is that new Saabs will be on display in 2009. The better news is that unlike many Saab display cars in recent years, you’ll actually be able to place an order for them.
Let me come out and say (again) what the press release doesn’t tell you – the Saab 9-3x will show at Geneva and the Saab 9-5 will show at Frankfurt later this year. You’re hearing that from me, not from Saab, so it’s based on educated guesswork, but please believe me when I tell you that I’m pretty well educated.