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GM can resurrect the Saab 9-4X, but do they really want this?

Only about 500 units of the Saab 9-4X were built by General Motors before production was stopped last year. This crossover, which was developed by GM when it was still the owner of Saab, made its debut last spring under Saab's new owners, Saab Automobile AB. Production began last summer at GM's assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

The car has the same platform and mechanical parts as the 2011 Cadillac SRX. The Saab can be differentiated from a Cadillac due to its exterior and interior styling plus suspension tuning. The 9-4X that GM developed for Saab is highly competitive.

If there would be a rebadged version, there would be two options. It could have its revival as a Chevrolet that is sold outside North America or as an Opel model meant for Europe. Notably, the 9-4X was built to be sold in Europe and the Middle East. It would be easy to replace the Saab badging and the name.

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New Saab 9-4X could be the rarest new vehicle in the world

The arrival of the Saab 9-4X in many countries around the world was highly anticipated but because of its financial troubles, production has been halted for several months now and the only country that it has been shipped to is the U.S. This makes it the rarest new vehicle in the world. The global debut of Saab's new crossover was made one year ago at the Los Angeles auto show. Executives had revealed back then that Saab’s sales target for the 9-4X was modest.

Saab aimed to sell just a few thousand units of the 9-4X in 2011, beginning in the spring in the U.S. It was supposed to be shipped to Europe, Australia, Taiwan and the Middle East last August.

It was also planned that as soon as full production was attained in 2012, it will sell around 15,000 to 20,000 units world. In fact, 50% of its production is targeted at U.S. consumers.

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Saab 9-4X crossover has begun arriving at U.S. dealerships

The new 9-4X crossover from Saab has started to arrive at U.S. dealerships, a significant entry to the emerging crossover market. The Swedish automaker said it has received over 100 orders for the 9-4X. Saab has a total of 199 stores in the U.S. After several delays, production of the 9-4X finally started last February in Mexico at a General Motors factory.

Saab worked with GM to develop this model. In fact, it is built on the same platform as the Cadillac SRX.

Saab was compelled to suspend production at its Trollhattan, Sweden plant when parts suppliers stopped shipments as they have not been paid yet.

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Saab starts production of 9-4X crossover at Mexican plant

A Mexican plant operated by Saab's former parent, General Motors Co., started to produce the Saab 9-4X crossover this week. The model will start selling in the U.S. in May while it will go on sale in Europe and other markets this August. The 9-4X is derived from the same platform as the Cadillac SRX, which is built in the same Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, factory.

Before the vehicle, an Ice Pearl metallic Aero model with a 2.8-liter, V-6 turbocharged engine, is shipped to Sweden for display at the Saab car museum, there will be a media test-drive event in the U.S.

There were delays in the development and launch of the 9-4X but it is expected to have a significant role in Saab Cars North America's U.S. sales and marketing efforts in 2011. It is the first crossover in the Saab lineup since the 9-7X was phased out in December 2008.

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Because of high development costs and low chances to return a profit, Saab may not bring a diesel version of the 9-4X model to the US, according to Saab’s CEO, Jan Ake Jonsson.

He stated that beginning next year, Saab will be targeting two new markets, Russia and China. In an interview with Autonews, Jonsson said that the introduction of a diesel engine to the 2012 Saab 9-4X is unlikely.

He explained that the company would have to find a diesel engine, test it, install it, validate it, and this uses up two years into the life cycle of a vehicle. He said that this leads to a “very short payoff period." Saab is aiming its 9-4X at the luxury crossover segment dominated by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

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Saab has unveiled its latest car at the 2010 LA Auto Show and has provided the official details, photos and specs. It’s obvious that the new car is inspired by the 9-4X Concept.

It has the same distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks that are evident in other Saab vehicles. The new car is offered with two V6 petrol engine options.

These are also found on the Chevrolet Equinox. The 3.0-liter V6 engine is able to deliver 265 hp and it is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and Saab XWD. With this engine, the car can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 9.0 seconds.

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Saab’s chairman Victor Muller has set a goal for US buyers to account for half of the sales of its new 9-4X crossover. He added that starting 2012, the company targets global sales of 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles each year. Muller described this model to be a “very important car” as it is the extender of its product portfolio.

He said that what this means is that the company is capable of capturing and keeping clients in its brand “much more easily than ever before.”

Muller revealed that the 9-4X, Saab's biggest model, will go up against Audi's Q5 and Q7 and BMW's X3 and X5. Boasting the features of a car and a sport-utility vehicle, the crossover serves to expand Saab's product line that already had the 8-year-old 9-3 car.

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Although Saab said that it will unveil the 2011 9-4X at the 2010 LA Auto Show in November, the manufacturer revealed today the official details, photos and specs of the new car. Clearly inspired by the 9-4X Concept, the new car carries the same distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks seen at other Saab vehicles.

The new car comes with a choice of two V6 petrol engines (as we said it will not receive a diesel engine when it will be launched - read all about this here) found also on the Chevrolet Equinox.

This means we will find a 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 265 hp and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and Saab XWD. This engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.0 seconds.

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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.

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