BAIC buys WEIGL Transmission Plant AB

After purchasing the technology for the old Saab 9-5 and pre-2006 Saab 9-3, Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC) have further move towards manufacturing the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as Beijing Auto branded cars in the Chinese market.

BAIC have purchase WEIGL Transmission Plant AB, the company that manufacture gearboxes for Saab and GM. Early reports say that the deal, worth 31 million Euro, has included the factory, production equipment and IPR for the F25 and F35 gearboxes that are found in the Saab 9-3 and 9-5.


16 thoughts on “BAIC buys WEIGL Transmission Plant AB”

  1. Does WEIGL make the gearboxes for the current 9-3 and 9-5, or is this for the BAIC generations only? I should know, but I’m feeling lazy and would rather have an official answer πŸ™‚

    • That would seem to suggest that the 9-3’s replacement might be considerably delayed if it isn’t to use the Phoenix (updated Epsilon 1) platform? Giving up Phoenix would move Saab even further away from it’s GM phase. Perhaps there’s some good in that?

  2. I’m pretty sure they’re being somewhat sensational there. Isn’t PhoeniX a massive redesign of Epsilon, NOT an “entirely new” platform?

    interesting that tidbit about Scania’s involvement in there too.

  3. F25 is the 5 speed manual gearbox in the NG900/OG9-3 1994 to 2002. They have the rod shift mechanism.

    F35 is the 5 speed manual gearbox in the New 9-3 2003 onwards. They have the cable shift mechanism.

    F40 is the 6 speed manual gearbox.

    • Please note that, to my best knowledge, WEIGL do not build the F40 transmission used by the current 9-3. None of the 9-3 models currently being made use the F35 anymore, it was an option on the base engine options of the previous engine programme. The F40 is being built for Saab in Ruesselsheim and seems not to be affected by the transaction.

      • I said in the original article that it’s only the F25 and F35 that are in the deal.

        I think the deal is designed to help BAIC with gearboxes for the Saab models they are going to remake.

      • The Viggen and O-G9-5 use a F25 as they are still a rod shifter. They do however use the F35 differential and the O-G9-5 has a deeper bell-housing to accommodate a larger, heavier flywheel. All the internals are the same. πŸ™‚

  4. The Weigl plant in Gothenburg is already mostly emptied out. Everything shipped to China and most of the workforce is laid off.
    The plant also made the camshafts for the cast iron engines and heavy duty transmission parts for heavy machinery.

  5. The most unacceptable part of Saab cars was always the transmission.
    The transmissions simply never matched the quality of the engine and the status of the car.
    I hope VM will fix that.

  6. What about F25 and F35 spare parts needed in existing cars all over the world?
    Who is gonna make them? The Chinese?

  7. Wasn’t that the old Saab plant? Why did Weigl buy it, only to sell it after about three years? Weird.

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