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.
The 9-4X is said to be basically a disguised Cadillac SRX. But what makes the 9-4X different are its sheet metal, interior styling and suspension tuning.
9-4X and the SRX are built in the same General Motors factory, in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. In the U.S., less than 500 9-4Xs were shipped to dealers and for this year through October this year, only 194 vehicles were sold.