My friend Tom at SaabBlog.net has an interesting post about a 9-4x with German plates.
Three weeks before Saab filed for bankruptcy, in the last November week of 2011, a german Saab driver made this picture on a German road somewhere in the Brandenburg region, which is not the most populated region in Germany. My friend Tom has his own contacts in Sweden, and none of them knew about any measurement drive of a 9-4x in Germany. Yes, some test equipment was on board.
So my question is, what does a 9-4x with measurement instruments in the less populated region of Germany with GG (read Opel-HQ) plates and Cadillc SRX wheels do, knowing that Saab did not know anything bout that?
Tom, from SaabBlog.net has three theories.
- Opel is making some European adaption of the SRX.
- GM is planing to rebadge the 9-4x as the Opel Antara II
- GM has a plan B for Saab, and in cooperation with their preferred investor for Saab are already working on Saab products.
Tom thinks that the first option makes the most sense, but I’m not so sure about that. I mean, everyone knows how the SRX looks like, and on top of that the SRX and the 9-4x behave differently on the road, so you can’t work with the 9-4x to tune the chassis of the SRX.
I’don’t know but I think we might see the 9-4x as an Opel/Buick maybe already in 2012.
Would I buy an Opel rebadged 9-4x? Absolutely not.
Thanks to Tom at Saabblog.net for allowing us to use this pictures.
Just an Update,
this is not a private car as it clearly has some measurement equipment inside (see second picture).
I don’t give a shit if GM plans to build a Buick/Opel/Vauxhall based on premium Theta platform, I even think that they should do it, but it just feels strange that GM Europe uses the Saab for testing as they could also use an SRX.