I never thought I’d call a post by that title…..
This link came in overnight. It’s in German, but here’s an edited Google translation. The important bit is the confirmation of Saab production at Russelsheim in 2009 for the 9-5 and 2010 for a new 9-3.
General Motors Euro boss Carl Peter Forster sees the possibility of producing Chevrolet vehicles at German OPEL locations. In the Ruesselsheim factory, where “Saab model will definitely also be built soon”, it will also be possible to build Chevrolet according to Forster. At present all Chevrolet vehicles for Europe are built in South Korea. “At Ruesselsheim in the future eight different variants can be produced. At present there only three”, said OPEL work council boss Klaus Franz.
Thus at Ruesselsheim, aside from Opels in the future also cars of the GM marks Vauxhall, Saab and Saturn will be built. Chevrolet and Holden could come off the line as well. “That is an advantage of the global platforms of GM” said Franz.
The Saab 9-5 will be built starting from 2009, the Saab 9-3 starting from 2010 – also at Ruesselsheim.
For Opel would come also a manufacturing of the Chevrolet Epica successor, which will stand like the Saab models on the Epsilon-2 platform like the next Opel Vectra.
The article goes on to discuss other possible GM manufacturing plans involving other European and Korean bases, but none involving Saab.
The interesting this is whether this quote refers to MY2009 or calendar year 2009. There have been recent indications that the Saab 9-5 would come in late 2008 as a MY2009 car.
Also coming in via email, this image from a Danish magazine. Another cgi impression of what the 9-5 might look like.
My thanks to Kim and Anders for the tips.