BAIC to buy the design rights of outgoing Saab 9-5

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

The tooling and design rights to the outgoing Saab 9-5 are likely to be bought by the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC), according to our sources.

Recently, BAIC became a minority shareholder in the Koenigsegg Group, which is seeking to buy Saab from General Motors. If BAIC's plans go ahead, production of the 9-5 will be moved to China.

Incidentally, production of the 9-5 estate is expected to end in the next few weeks. Questions are circulating on whether BAIC will re-start production of the 9-5 in its current form or whether it will re-skin the car for sale under BAIC's own brand. 

Chinese carmakers have been known to do the latter. It can be recalled that production of the Rover 75 and MG ZT was re-started in China after MG Rover collapsed and production of the Alfa Romeo 166 was moved to Guangzhou Auto last year.

Saab's own long-running slant-four turbocharged petrol engine powers the 9-5. The plant building this engine was closed earlier this year, making it another potential buy-out target for BAIC.

It's believed that shifting production of the defunct engine to China would be a simpler operation than re-engineering the 9-5 to accommodate a new drivetrain. [via autocar]

Topics: baic, saab, saab 9-5, design

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but...
by - October 24, 2016
Driving the newest 2017 BMW 5-Series (G30), Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) returns to his role as “The Driver”. In this latest installment, what initially starts as a simple...
by - October 24, 2016
Many had wished that a Lamborghini Huracán Superleggera would somehow make a surprise debut at the recently held Paris Motor Show. Sadly, not a single Lamborghini appeared anywhere in sight....
by - October 24, 2016
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing teamed up for the first time in creating what looks like one of the most ferocious beasts in history. The British car manufacturer has...
by - October 24, 2016
German premium carmaker Audi is reportedly planning to buy back around 25,000 Audi Q7 SUVs powered by its 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine in the United States. The buyback should compensate...
by - October 24, 2016