If will buy Saab, Spyker will rebuild it around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

If Spyker Cars NV does succeed in purchasing Saab from General Motors Co., it's expected that Saab will be rebuilt around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models, according to Spyker CEO Victor Muller who spoke with AOL Autos.

On the other hand, plans for a Saab 9-1 entry-level car would be put on hold. Under Spyker's ownership, Saab's headquarters, engineering and production will remain in Trollhattan, Sweden.

This facility will produce all Saab cars except the 9-4X, which will be made in GM's assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Muller added that Saab will be launching the new 9-5 sedan this spring. Meanwhile, the 9-4X crossover, which shares mechanicals with the Cadillac SRX, would be introduced late next year or early in 2011.

A new 9-3 would go on sale in 2012. Muller divulged that GM will continue to produce engines for Saab, and Saab would use GM parts in vehicles such as the 9-4X and 9-5.

Apparently, if Spyker becomes the new owner, Saab's relationship with GM "would last for years." The plan to cut Saab's US dealerships from 218 stores to 137 outlets has been abandoned.

Muller said that Spyker might take advantage of Saab's all-wheel-drive technology, including other components from Saab's parts bin.

In addition, Spyker cars could be sold in selected Saab dealerships. However, Muller declined to say if Saab can break even on sales of 100,000 units by 2011 or 2012, as previously reported.

In 2008, Saab sold 93,295 units while sales this year could be as low as 60,000. GM extended a Dec. 31 deadline to sell or close Saab until Jan. 7 in order to give Spyker more time to come up with financing to buy the brand.

Spyker, which has Russian and Arabic investors supporting it, lodged a renewed fast-track offer to buy Saab on Dec. 20. Spyker made 43 luxury cars last year. [via autonews]

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

South Korean car company SsangYong recently revealed sketches of their upcoming SUV. We’re not always impressed by Korean car designs, but this one looks quite promising. Yup, it is the...
by - March 26, 2017
Twenty-eight years after the company was first launched by Toyota, which was initially targeted to the United States market only, Lexus has already made its way to over 70 countries....
by - March 26, 2017
Last year was probably Porsche’s best year ever in terms of sales. Their factory in Stuttgart delivered 237,778 cars in total, which represents a six percent increase compared to the...
by - March 26, 2017
Lamborghini has disclosed that it is looking into the possibility of releasing electric vehicles. With the Volkswagen Group revealing that it will be releasing electric vehicles within several years, there...
by - March 25, 2017
Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch...
by - March 25, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries