For the first 9-7x cessation story (Sept 06), click here.
Today there’s been some new rumblings. That previous link doesn’t mention a date, just comments last year by Jan-Ake Jonsson that the 9-7x wouldn’t continue beyond the introduction of the 9-4x.
Today’s articles seem to put a deadline on the 9-7x’s life, saying that production will cease in 2008. The source is apparently a Dutch publication called Auto Telegraaf, however the online publisher, Motor Authority, provides no link. If anyone out there has a source for the real story in Auto Telegraaf, then please hook us up in comments.
If production is going to cease in 2008, then there’s a fair chance that we can look to the 2009 model year for the introduction of the 9-4x. That will have given the 9-7x a full four year run, during which time it’s become the second-best selling Saab in the US and filled a void, introducing Saab to some new customers and retaining some potentially lost customers along the way.
I asked Jan-Ake Jonsson about the 9-7x briefly during the Saab Festival dinner on June 9 and he said that they’ve been happy enough with it, and that the margins were huge on the vehicle, so it’s played its part.
UPDATE: The article is here and the translation from Babelfish reads:
AMSTERDAM – Saab strike in the course of 2008 the production of 9-7X. That has let a spokesman of the factory to AutoTelegraaf.nl know. The car has there then a career of three years opzitten. According to the zegsman the car builder is still satisfied concerning current sales. In any case in America, because in Europe is to the sale figures clearly see that a diesel version in the programme is lacking. 9-7X buy in the Satten united has been since spring 2005, where the model is also manufactured. In January 2006 followed the European market introduction. Saab did not intend in the first place sell the car here too. Officially the car builder does not do that. Importers pick up the SUV on one’s own initiative, but with approval of Saab, this side.