Some big news poking up in the Swedish papers this morning, with Jan-Ake Jonsson apparently confirming that a new Saab, smaller than the 9-3, has been decided upon and development is underway.
The article appears in Dagens Industri and this translation has been provided by CTM:
The decision of a new smaller car below the 9-3, to be introduced in 2009, has already been taken and the development has entered the initial stages.
“We need a new model range and has planes for a smaller car. I believe it will be produced in Sweden.”
The decision about where in Europe the new GM line of this smaller car will be produced, is to be made in the first quarter of 2007.
“The Trollhättan plant has big possibilities. It is important for the brand that it is produced in Sweden. Without to much investment, the plant here could make 100.000 cars of the new smaller product line.”
Recently here at Trollhattan I’ve been metioning that GM had decided against the 9-1, so I’m the most surprised out of everyone at this latest development.
My information came from two independant sources in different countries, both of whom had heard it come directly from the Director of Saab in their respective countries. It was communicated to me in a way that left no room for misinterpretation by both sources an one of these is a source I’d trust implicitly. At least one of these countries would be a ready candidate for the 9-1 and I’d tend to think that both markets would get it.
Despite the apparent egg on my face, I’m overjoyed about the decision, if it’s true. This is a car that Saab desperately needs and with a refurbished 9-3, a new 9-5, a 9-4x and this on the way – things are looking sweet indeed!
CAUTIONARY NOTE: I’ve published this in the interests of getting the news out as quickly as possible. The more I read it, though, the more I recall this same story being mentioned some time earlier this year. I’m about to go trolling through the archives as I think Dagens might be pulling a fast one.