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Saab Automobile AB On Meetings in Trollhättan, Sweden

Posted on 06. Nov, 2008 by .

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Today, Eric Geers of Saab Automobile AB, whom I’ve interviewed this past January in Detroit, has responded to my inquiry about the meetings that are taking place this week in Trollhättan, Sweden.

He has given me permission to publish his response here for us to see. While I thank him for his response, I am concerned about what he wrote in last sentence about “hoping to show some of the new products next year”. It appears to be implied that there is a chance that these new products (ie. 9-4x, 9-5 NG, and 9-3XC) won’t be shown next year, which is scary to think.

Well, there are always important meetings taking place but nothing that would stand out. Perhaps your source was referring to the GM Quarterly broadcast that is planned for tomorrow, but thats a global one that we will view here in Sweden.

Other than that we continue to focus on what we have ahead of us in terms of products and we hope to be able to show some of it next year!

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

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Saab 9-4x To Be Delayed According to Left Lane News

Posted on 04. Nov, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Teknikens World

The Saab 9-4x is apparently going to be delayed according to Left Lane News as of late.

This model was originally supposed to be launched in the fall of 2009, but they are telling us that it will be more like 12-months later than that due to part availability in the manufacturing process?

It will be interesting how this pans out if true, because this was the next product model that was supposed to be provided to dealerships.

Sources: Saab 9-4x delayed as much as a year

Earlier today we reported that GM might have made the choice to delay most new vehicle launches in order to stem the flow of money rushing out of GM’s coffers. A few more tips are now coming in that appear to back that idea up.

We’ve been told that, in the last few days, suppliers working on Saab’s 9-4x crossover vehicle were instructed not to ship any more parts to GM facilities. Production was scheduled to commence in the fall of 2009 at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. Apparently the Saab is now delayed as much as 12 months for the U.S market.

Codenamed GMT168, the 2010 Saab 9-4x was set to be sharing GM’s TE chassis with the new 2010 Cadillac SRX (GMT166). For now, we hear the Caddy is still a go and will start rolling down the line in May of 2009 at Ramos Arizpe

Words by Chris Doane.

Source: Left Lane News

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Saab 9-4x Production Prototype Sighting

Posted on 01. Oct, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Teknikens World

The production version of the Saab 9-4x crossover has been seen by Sweden’s a href=”http://www.teknikensvarld.se/bilspionen/nyheter/080929-saab-9-4x-94x-2009/index.xml” target=”_blank”>Teknikens World recently and they were all over it with lots of photos.

If you click on the link to their writeup, you will see that it looks quite close to the concept car, touted the 9-4x BioPower Concept that debuted in Detroit this past January, but what is more interesting is the sunroof on the thing. I am still expecting this to be delivered as illustrated with none other than a 4-cylinder turbocharged Saab engine, so that best be the case once it comes to market next fall.

I am gathering that production for prototypes has commenced at the GM plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico now that we’re seeing a lot more of these prototypes driving around lately?

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Saab 9-4x Production Specifications On Saab Chile Site!

Posted on 17. Sep, 2008 by .

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Update: Saab Automobile USA has recently contacted me to tell me that the information on this posting is inconsistent with the “real” specifications of the Saab 9-4x.

To honor this information, I will be not deleting nor censuring this information, so that there is a historical reference, I need to let everyone know.

I am still hoping that this Saab 9-4x has a Saab 2.0 liter Turbocharged powertrain, and IS the halo vehicle for E-85 halo vehicle as indicated back in Detroit.

-R

The production version of the Saab 9-4x to be built in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico is now depicted on Saab Chile’s importer’s website as though one can purchase it new today.

All of the specifications such as 2.0 liter Turbo and weighing in at 3174lbs, harnessing 400 Newton meters of torque, getting 25mpg and 37mpg highway is quite impressive, but with a pricetag off $66,000 USD, according to the website, it sounds a bit steep!

I have yet to see any mention of E-85 capability with this engine as it was indicated back in Detroit that it would be the halo vehicle for E-85 in North America, so let’s hope that this still holds true.

What’s even more interesting is that this photo looks more like the Saab 9-4x BioPower concept car than the Saab 9-4x production vehicle shown back on July 16th, 2008.

Update: Saab Chile has now deleted the specifications page I indicated earlier this morning, so please read these specs here:
The specifications are below, but for more information, please visit the Saab 9-4x page on Saab Chile’s website.

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Motor units and Chassis

2.0 I turbo 245cv @ 5,300rpm/400 Nm @ 1900rpm

Yes

Sequential electronic transmission of six speeds SENTRONIC

Yes

Controls of controls (PADS) of box SENTRONIC in Steering wheel

Yes

Electronic control of stability (ESP)

Yes

Control of traction (TCS)

Yes

0-100 km, speed

6,4 seconds

End speed KPH

250 kph

Fuel consumption (l km) wagon City/

10.6/15.9

SAAB TRIONIC 8, monitors the process of combustion of the motor by means of ionization sensors, but smoothness and efficiency of the motor.

Yes

Floating motor, a suspension of the carefully sensible motor with hydraulic mounts contributes to a greater smoothness of operation.

Yes

Suspension of 4 arms, for the back axis, one structures multiarm, with 4 arms by wheel, mantine the trajectory in brakings of high speed, with aluminum components to limit the suspended weight and not to facilitate the conduction

Yes

Front suspension MCPHERSON

Yes

Front traction

Yes

Capacity I deposit of fuel

62
Lts.

Diameter of turn

10,8 mts.

Alloy rims hoop 21 “, tyre 245/55/21 continental multipurpose

Yes
Metric units

Length in cm

477cm

High in cm

168cm

Width in cm with open mirrors

280cm

Wheelbase in cm

281cm

Weight vehicle

1440 kg

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Saab 9-4X Prototype Sighted Yet Again

Posted on 09. Sep, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: carpix autos

The Saab 9-4x Prototype has been sighted yet again, following the two sightings at the Nurburgring in Germany.

I think it’s obvious that the Saab 9-4x prototype in this instance, is not complete, when we take into consideration the obviously incomplete head and tail light setups that look nothing like the production photograph General Motors CEO, Rick Wagoneer has recently shown us back on July 16th, 2008.

I still hope as indicated, that’s a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine they are testing in this prototype as I fully expect to see a turbocharged Saab engine in the production version due next year.

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Saab Automobile’s Opportunities For Success

Posted on 05. Sep, 2008 by .

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Saab Automobile has been a leader in innovative thinking through their technologies ever since their early beginnings back in 1947.

Although things have been tough for them sales wise over the past few years, they will finally begin to see some strong new product introductions by the fall of 2009, but is it too late?

I want to begin with the idea of the Saab 9-1 / Saab 9-X BioHybrid because as Steve Shannon pointed out at the Saturday night dinner at the recent 2008 Saab Owners Convention, it was the first concept evidently built on a “compact premium” platform, so it can be produced as-is and is not a one-off like the prior concept cars, so why the delays and uncertainty? The need is certainly there so just build it!

Secondly, we have the Saab 9-3 XC or Cross-Combi, produced in Trollhättan, Sweden, that has been rumored to be debuting this fall as a direct competitor to the Audi Quattro, Volvo XC and Subaru Forrester. The interesting piece about this segment is that Saab should have had this back in 2002, but the project was halted due to GM at the time, stopping all product development in order to reel in costs.

The Saab 9-4x, the successor to the 9-7x, will be coming by the fall of 2009, produced in Mexico for the North American market as a cross-over as we’ve seen in the recent production photograph, very close to the concept vehicle shown in January this year, however that’s all we know at this point. I was specifically told at the 9-4x BioPower concept car’s launch in Detroit, that it will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder and be touted as the halo vehicle for E-85 in North America. Although there’s been much speculation in the media of this vehicle coming in with a non turbo larger engine, I am optimistic that what I was told couldn’t be anything other than the truth and that we’ll see a 4-cylinder turbocharged crossover when it debuts. If anything other than that is actually produced, what’s the point, really?

Lastly, we have the new 9-5, shown as a rough design sketch also at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention, it also appears to be debuting just after the Saab 9-4x. It should be interesting to see what becomes of this launch because as old as the current 9-5 is, (10 years), this model to be produced at a GM Europe factory in Germany, must deliver as sales for the current 9-5 are totally flat. I worry that the idea of a larger premium sedan for Saab is another pointless exercise at this time as they should be focusing on smaller vehicles, which brings me to my last point.

There Saab Automobile is, with three out of four products set for launch by the fourth quarter of next year. So here’s the question, as Saab has traditionally been a company all about small “rightsized” vehicles, why wouldn’t the smaller premium compact segment be introduced prior to the 9-3 XC, 9-4X and New 9-5?

If GM is committed to seeing the Saab Automobile brand succeed, why not introduce a vehicle that is actually in demand? I question the need for more gas guzzling large vehicles such as crossovers and premium sedans.

I am also deeply concerned that these three vehicles although nice, won’t significantly contribute to turning the sales around for Saab Automobile as the 600 pound gorilla in the corner of the room (a small premium “rightsized” hatchback) would.

Having read this, what are your thoughts? I have included a poll below to see what you think Saab should focus on first, so let’s see what the results show over time.

Update: As of Saturday, September 6th, I am seeing the following votes:

# New 9-5 (52%)
# 9-1 / 9-X (35%)
# 9-4 X (10%)
# 9-3 XC (3%)

I would like to ask those who have voted for the new 9-5, why did you choose this? Was it because you believe Saab really needs a new 9-5, or that you may own a 9-5 and would like to see and/or own the new version?

What Model Should Saab Introduce Next?

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The First Saab 9-4x Production Photograph

Posted on 16. Jul, 2008 by .

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The first photo of the Saab 9-4x production model has just been made available thanks to the folks at Edmunds.

Apparently those who were fortunate to be present at the General Motors Press Conference on Tuesday, July 15th, were shown some up and coming products including a blurry photo of the production version of the Saab 9-4x that has been getting some serious testing as of late.

Even though this photograph is slightly blurred, you can really see what’s going on here in terms of exterior design. I personally like the look, and hope to see this “crossover” come in with no larger than the promised 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that was referenced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show this past January in Detroit that I attended.

The Saab 9-4x is tentatively set to be available as a model year 2010 to be available in the fall of 2009.

Here is the bit from Jalopnik

In the now-infamous press conference from General Motors this morning, Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner not only spelled out GM’s strategy to save itself from impending doom, but also revealed pretty much every upcoming GM vehicle that hadn’t already been shown to the public. This includes the first photos of the 2011 Chevy Cruze, 2010 Cadillac SRX, 2010 Saab 9-4X, and the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. This comes in addition to official confirmation of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe and 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon. So basically, along with GM’s own downsizing, they’re also putting plenty of enterprising spy photographers out of business too.

Source: Jalopnik

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2010 Saab 9-4X Prototype Spy Photos

Posted on 28. Jun, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Car Advice

The Saab 9-4x pre-production prototype that was spotted at the Nurburgring a few weeks ago has been spotted again this time by Car Advice Europe somewhere around a downtown region in Germany.

I would strongly urge you to visit their website to see more of the photos including the interior.

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