The source of all this is a subscription-only article at Just Auto – and I don’t have a subscription. But there’s enough stuff out there to be able to tell you this much….
Just-Auto are reporting that an undisclosed Saab will be built in the Russelsheim plant in Germany from 2008. No article that I’ve seen mentions which Saab this might be, nor does any article I’ve seen mention from when in 2008 it’ll be built.
My best guess?
I’d like to suggest that it’ll be a new 9-5 and that production will commence in the later stages of 2008, as a MY2009 car.
There’s been a couple of stories regarding this in the last few months. The first word I got about it came out of Sweden when Scania started moving into Saab’s Sodertalje 9-5 engine plant sooner than expected. That was in late February.
The next time this was mentioned was a story in Automobilwoch, a German paper. I provided a Google translation here. This article stated that production of the 9-5 would begin in 2009 with the 9-3 following in 2010. What was uncertain about that article was whether it referred to MY2009 and MY2010 or the respective calendar years. Model years tend to start production around mid-year with the car being unveiled in August-Sept of the preceding year.
That article was also accompanied by this cgi, which got a few people excited….
If anyone has access to the Just Auto article then please feel free to hook us up in comments.