Royal Ford of the Boston Globe writes the following:
We’ve put our 2006 favorite drives in the rearview mirror, so let’s look at 10 cars we can’t wait to drive this year……
…..A Saab yet to be revealed
All I know is that sometime this summer, I’m going to Sweden to drive a Saab with a new all-wheel-drive system. Saab has long held a place in the hearts of New Englanders, and General Motors let the brand drift in the wind for too long. Coming back to these shores with a new and advanced all-wheel-drive system could turn things around, just in time.
That’s #6 on his list.
SaabKen is taking wagers over at SaabCentral as to whether Royal’s talking about the 9-4x or the MY2008 9-3 with AWD fitted.
I have read on one site that the author believes that the 9-4x, or a prototype thereof, will be shown at the Saab Owner’s Convention in August this year. Well, I’m not buying a ticket on that train of thought.
I’d be happy to be wrong if it means we do see the 9-4x, but I’m 99.9% sure that what Royal Ford will be driving, and what US and Swedish Saabists will be seeing at their respective festivali this year, will be the MY2008 Saab 9-3. I’d bet my grandmother on it if she were alive.
As an aside, I received this from Rick (thanks!). It’s from Wards Autos, however I don”t have a link for the actual article.
General Motors Corp. has created an all-new platform to support a cross/utility vehicle for Saab and Cadillac, entries that could be slated for the ’10 model year.
The new platform, dubbed TE, is a combination of the Global Compact Crossover Architecture (Theta) and Global Midsize Vehicle Architecture (Epsilon).
The new TE will underpin the planned Saab 9-4X and Cadillac BRX CUVs, Ward’s learns.
A strong candidate to build the new CUVs is the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant. However, GM is not confirming any production location.
The CUVs likely will share line space with the Chevrolet HHR already in production at Ramos Arizpe, as well as the new Saturn Vue, slated to begin assembly in Mexico in April, says Global Insight analyst Rebecca Lindland.
“The accommodation of larger tires and a wider track was what drove (GM) toward combining (for) the larger platform,” Lindland says of the Vue. “They utilized componentry from Epsilon, but it still does remain a Theta platform.”