The last we heard a big story about the next Saab 9-5, it was due for production in MY2009. This was welcomed by all, as despite being basically unchanged since 1998 it is still regarded as an excellent ride but in need of genuine change to match the intended competition.
More recently, a Djup Strupe story pushed it back to the northern Spring of 2009.
Now we have an Autocar article saying similar, giving credit to the Opel Vectra replacement as the reason for the delay.
Tear up the launch schedule
The Saab 9-5 was due to be the first General Motors product to use the company’s new mid-size platform, known as Epsilon 2, but a 10 per cent slide in European sales of the bigger-selling Vectra has forced GM to knock the Saab back in the schedule and focus resources on the Vauxhall/Opel product. It is aiming to get the Vectra (probably renamed Insignia, a badge last used on an Opel concept in 2003) into showrooms by autumn 2008.
If true, that’s bad news in anyone’s language and quite possibly the second-most significant story in a week of significant stories (I’d place the continuance of production at Trollhattan as the most significant story of the week).