There’s been a heck of a lot to ponder over the last week or so on the Saab front. The most ponderous ponderings at TS headquarters have involved the recent article at Auto Motor and Sport (read about it here and here). This article predicted the following model releases over the next few years.
– Saab 9-4X (spring 2007)
– Saab 9-5 (autumn 2007)
– roadster/coupé with Aero-X heritage (2008)
– Saab 9-1 (2008)
– Saab 9-3 (2009)
9-5 is said to get really futuristic interior with cutting-edge technology.
I don’t know about you, but to me that strikes as a profound turnaround in Saab’s vehicle development fortunes. If this is true, then the guy on the right here is going to be busier than a mother of triplets at an ADD convention.
Jorgen is the vehicle line director for the Saab 9-5 and I’d take a guess and say that along with the designers and beancounters, he’d have a bit to do with the development and production of the supposed new model. If the article is accurate (and that’s a reasonably big "if"), then we’ve got AWD, higher output and a whole heap of new technology to look forward to.
Could this be the flagship that finally elevates Saab to being considered as a player against the big Germans? Time will tell. I’m a solid believer that this is their rightful place, as it was in the revolutionary days of the 99T and 900.
But back to that proposed model lineup. Saabisti were full of hope for the future when the 9x and 9-3x concepts were unveiled around 5 years ago. A golden age was dawning and Saab threatened a return to the sort innovative leadership and that ability to punch above their weight that so prominently marked the 96, 99T and C900 years. That golden age was tossed in the wake of the need to drastically cut costs.
This proposed lineup gives some hope for a golden return. If executed properly and within that time frame, with the cherry being an Aero-X inspired coupe, then the future really is looking so bright I’ve gotta wear shades.
Congratulations to Sweden on a 2-2 draw with England. The second round awaits – here’s hoping the Aussies can join you there.
I’d congratulate England too, but I’m still smarting over the Ashes, a wound that wont heal for about another 6 or 7 months.
I still haven’t been able to find that mysterious new Saab Performance Team video. If anyone’s got a link, please share.
Whilst checking out the corporate profiles for the 9-5 bit above, I also noticed this photo. I know a few people named Eric, but none of them are so easy on the eyes.
Her real name is Kristina Geers. Eric Geers is actually the Executive Director, Communications and does look a lot more manly. I’m going to stop poking fun about anything to do with this photo because Kristina’s the one person at Saab that would genuinely frighten me.
She’s their top lawyer!
If anyone at GM Media wants to fix the faux pas, the error is here. I’d recommend doing it now before she sues your ass.