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The Saab 9-4x Appears Again In Spy Photos

Posted on 06. Feb, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Bil Norge

Although we’ve already seen the final production photo of the Saab 9-4x, it has shown up yet again, in what must be it’s double-digit spy shot appearance.

This time, TS has found the photos which originated on Norway Car.

If you look closely, you can basically see all of the details because the camo is pretty much non-existent. So at this stage, what is the point of camoflage since it’s already been exposed? One detail I liked was the use of proper directional snow tires, which is no surprise, but it was nice to see!

Here’s still hoping that the 9-4x comes delivered with nothing larger than a “right-sized” 4-cylinder Turbo engine, with a diesel variant for ALL markets, oh and this was supposed to be the halo car for E-85 in North America. We’ll see if this car comes delivered as promised.

My wife who speaks Norwegian read the piece, tells me that there is nothing new here to report aside from the photographs.

The winter season of 2008/2009 is clearly all about the Saab “Spy” Photos!

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The Saab 9-4x Development To Maintain Course & Speed

Posted on 23. Jan, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB / Official Production Photograph

I have recently become aware that the Saab 9-4x has been rumored to be either shelved completely or will be relocated to Sweden for production, according to Autoblog and Edmunds, respectively. I have intentionally posted the production photos that were shown, both outside and inside, just so we realize that although the spy photos are great, we’ve already seen the final versions.

9-4xint.jpgTo put these rumors to rest, an insider has reported that the Saab 9-4x development will be maintaining course and speed for the United States market. It will still be produced at the Ramos Arizpe factory in Mexico as the production prototypes we’ve seen recently, were built there! Furthermore, there should be no reason to end this product made for the U.S. market, with the benefit of the dollar exchange due to where it is built. It will be delayed however, to debut next year 2010, as a 2011 model year.

Last but not least, I want to second a mention made in defence of the Saab Automobile brand by GM Premium brand’s Saab Communications chief, Jan-Willem Vester towards Autoblog’s aforementioned statements.

Responding to whether Saab might “just slowly slide off into oblivion,” Vester says:

The word ‘oblivion’ is certainly not in Saab’s vocabulary anytime soon, especially since the Swedish government has proven be to be very supportive of the brand as one of its best known products around the world and a main source of jobs for the region.

This is encouraging to hear from JWV, because as he also knows, it’s all about the new era of independence from General Motors and both the Swedish Government and the European Investment bank have indicated secured funding for the Saab Automobile brand’s future.

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Saab 9-4x Prototype Spy Photos Inside & Out!

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Auto Motor & Sport

Although we’ve already seen the final production photo of the Saab 9-4x, there has been another sighting of it somewhere in Sweden as of late and Sweden’s Auto Motor & Sport have picked it up.

These photos are quite good even though there have been plenty of spy photographs taken over the past 3 months of the Saab 9-4x already.

What is even more interesting this time around is that we finally get to see the interior of the Saab 9-4x, which looks quite close to the Saab 9-4x BioPower concept we saw last January at the Detroit International Auto Show.

I am still hoping that like it was mentioned, this will be a 300hp 2.0 liter turbo rightsized engine powering this new product.

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Trollhättan Sweden’s TTELA Reports Saab Needs Funding Before Any New Products Are Launched

Posted on 13. Jan, 2009 by .

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Trollhättan, Sweden’s own newspaper, TTELA, is reporting that GM needs funding in order to complete production of next generation Saab 9-5, 9-4x and next generation Saab 9-3. No mention of the 9-1 at all.

Without that funding, those projects will not be able to get off the ground as long as Saab continues to be with General Motors later this year.

However, with funding now becoming available from both the Swedish Government and the European Investment Bank, will Saab Automobile actually launch these projects even though they were delayed due to GM’s choice to launch products from their “core” brands first? (ie. Opel Insignia, Buick/ Saab 9-5, Cadillac SRX / Saab 9-4x)

Saab will getting new products on the market requires help from the Swedish state.

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GM Launches Saab 9-4x Cadillac SRX Prior to NAIAS

Posted on 05. Jan, 2009 by .

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General Motors not surprisingly has launched their Saab 9-4x Cadillac SRX prior to the North American International Auto Show this past week according to Auto Blog.

This vehicle uses the Saab branded and haldex engineered XWD system that Saab’s 9-3 first debuted in 2008, which was expected to then be debuted in the 9-4x, but GM decided to delay it favor of rolling out the Caddy SRX blingmobile crossover instead.

GM never ceases to disappoint us Saab Automobile owners and enthusiasts, especially with the momentum they started at last year’s auto show with the Saab 9-4x BioPower concept, then a year later delaying the Saab 9-4x so that they could launch the Cadillac version of the same platform. Another par forthe course from the folks at General Motors.

I guess this move comes as no surprise since as their leadership has indicated in their last press conference, “GM will be focusing on their four core brands: Chevy, Buick, GMC & Cadillac.

A new owner for Saab Automobile can’t come soon enough.

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Saab 9-4X Prototype Sighting In Michigan!

Posted on 13. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Global Motors

The Saab 9-4x crossover that was supposed to be debuting 4th quarter of 2009 that is now delayed until sometime in 2010 was recently seen in Michigan by Global Motors & Left Lane News

Clearly this “sighting” must have been staged given that there were numerous automobile companies present and were able to get a number of photos of this car driving, even the driver took the courtesy to exclude him or herself from the shot!

What I wonder is, why are they still testing this car if it’s supposed to be delayed like another year from now? If it’s on the road now, what the heck is remaining so that it can be available at Saab dealerships? I mean, we’ve already seen the released production version photo of the 9-4x anyways, so if it is complete, what’s the hold up here, seriously?

It’s here in Michigan, United States and I know a handful of dealerships right now that would like to just sell what you’ve got now as that would add some additional variety in their lineup. Today, the lineup consists of a 9-7x that has ceased production with limited quantities left, this is the last year of the 9-5, and that the 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3 Convertible & 9-3 Sport Combi are basically the only remaining “new” products to sell.

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Saab Automobile Existing & Future Product Rollout Details

Posted on 11. Nov, 2008 by .

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I just received updated future product rollout details from an anonymous internal source today from Saab Automobile:

Here are some more elaborate details on existing as well as future product rollouts as briefly announced this past friday at the GM Press Conference.

Future Products:

Next Generation Saab 9-5

The Next Generation Saab 9-5 (saw pic, its ugly) is pushed back 3 months (until 1qtr 2010)

Saab 9-4x

The 9-4x is pushed back 12 months (until 4th qtr 2010).

Saab 9-3x

No Word Yet on the 9-3x.

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Existing Products:

Saab 9-5 (1998-2009)

The Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition will be the only 9-5 available for 2009

Saab 9-7x (2006-2009)

There are 260 9-7x units available in GM inventory worldwide.

Saab 9-3

The Saab 9-3 Convertible, Sport Sedan & Sport Combi will need to carry the brand in addition to the 9-3x until 2010.

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General Motors Officially Delays Launches On Both Next Generation Saab 9-5 & Saab 9-4X Models Until 2010

Posted on 07. Nov, 2008 by .

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At approximately 20 minutes into the General Motors today during their 3rd quarter press conference, I have found that GM will be officially delaying the launches of the next generation Saab 9-5 as well as the 9-4x until 2010. There were no other specific mentions of Saab at all, for the duration of the press conference.

However, in contrast to this official announcement, I received an unofficial announcement yesterday from Eric Geers, Director of Global Communications at Saab Automobile AB in Sweden, that the Saab 9-3X (Cross-Combi) as I am calling it, not to be confused with the 9-3X Concept back in 2002 is still on schedule.

11.6.2008

“Note that we’re conducting photoshoots of a new interesting variant of the 9-3 here in Sweden as we speak….. ”

Eric Geers
Director of Global Communications
Saab Automobile AB
Trollhättan, Sweden

If we’re lucky, it now appears that the only vehicle that will be launched in 2009, may be the Saab 9-3X Cross-Combi as a continuation of the Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) programs that are now ramping up globally.

The question is, will Saab Automobile AB and associated dealerships be able to survive with just a single model launch in the 9-3 range in 2009 along with an aging 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi & Convertible model alongside the final production years of the 9-5, 9-7x?

I leave you with their press release from the conference today, only mentioning the 9-4x in the release in comparison to mentioning both the 9-5 and 9-4x in the press conference.

GM Announces $5 billion in Additional Liquidity Enhancement Initiatives

* Operating actions announced July 15 remain on track, targeted at $10 billion in cash improvements through 2009
* Asset sales of $2-4 billion in process, including Hummer, ACDelco and Strasbourg facilities
* Additional actions targeted at further improving liquidity by $5 billion by end of 2009
o 2009 capital spending reduced by $2.5 billion; key product and technology programs on track
o Additional GMNA structural cost reductions of $1.5 billion
o Further working capital improvements of $500 million
o Further salaried employment cost reductions of $500 million
* Engaging the U.S. government to aid the domestic auto industry
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