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The History On BAIC’s CEO, Wang Dazong

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .


wang.jpgBAIC, the company that will be continuing the production of the old Saab 9-5 after signing an MOU with Koenigsegg Group is led by CEO, Wang Dazong.

Wang Dazong, born in China, educated in the U.S., is no stranger to the automotive industry taking the CEO position with BAIC in February of 2008 after working as the Vice President with Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation (SAIC) since March of 2006.

Prior to working with both SAIC and BAIC, Dazong was a former chief engineer and design manager at GM, not surprisingly. During his 20-year career at GM which began in 1985, he started out as an engineer and then rose to a chief engineer then manager making design and product development decisions and worked closely with Rick Wagoner, former CEO of GM according to Forbes.

With BAIC now working to not only take on the continued production of the old 9-5 sedan and sportcombi models in China, Dazong indicates that he also wants Saab technology and safety engineering as part of their nearly 33% stake in the newly independent Saab Automobile company much like GM did over their 20-year ownership of Saab according to TTELA.

Here’s hoping history does not repeat itself, for Saab’s sake.

His CV details are below.

1973: Student exchange programme in US
1980: Masters degree, School of Central China Science and Engineering
1984: Doctoral degree, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering, Cornell University, New York

1985: Joins General Motors
2006: General manager and chief engineer, Greater China Operations of
Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems; vice-president, SAIC Motor
2008, joined BAIC.

Source: Management Today

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The Saab 94 (Sonett I) : 1956

Posted on 26. Nov, 2008 by .


Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab 94 (Saab Sonett I Super Sport) was created in 1956 of which only 6 were ever built even though it was originally planned to go into full-scale production as the first sports car for SAAB.

This SAAB Sonett I Super Sport project was lead in October of 1954 by SAAB chief engineer, Rolf Melde while incorporating designs from chief designer Sixten Sason where they were built in total secrecy from the public outside of the Trollhättan area within a barn in a small town called Åsaka. The SAAB Sonett I Super Sport or “So Neat” as translated was an open-top two seater sports car that was officially unveiled at the Stockholm Motor Show in February of 1956. These prototype sports cars got a lot of great press internationally, however the Sonett Super Sport project never got into production due to new regulations in motorsport two years later in 1958 that led to the opportunity to use standard vehicles with Sonett engines thus making the Sonett body, frame, etc. obsolete and unnecessary. As a result of this decision, the six Sonett I models became instant collectors items.

This production vehicle for SAAB came equipped with the following specifications:

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