9-7Axe mentioned once again

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.

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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.

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5 Comments

  1. It shouldn’t be a suprise that the 9-7 is going to be axed. The T360 platform (Trailblazer, Bravada, 9-7, etc, etc) is being axed. They are ceasing production on that platform in 2008. Plant changover for GM is in July, so the factory(s) are running full-out for the next couple of weeks to build inventory of all those SUV’s.

  2. The 9-7X will be a full run 2008. That maybe good news for some and bad for others I guess!! 20″ Alloys will be an available upgrade and the so called “aero” version will be introduced sooner rather than later. There will be overlapping when the 9-4X is introduced next spring..or there abouts……

  3. The 9-7x has never really been a thorn in my side. It was a MUCH smarter choice than the 9-2x, which A.)deluded Saab’s character B.)was a VERY weak seller.
    The 9-7x is just an SUV. Having said that, there are nice SUVs and this one is actually a nice one. BUT an SUV is not what defines SAAB, nor does it define any other brand (big case in point, Volvo, whose XC90 is their biggest seller here in America). The Swedes added an SUV because the market was pointing in that direction. Saab does not have the resources that Volvo has, so they created something that kept Saab customers in the family in a short matter of time, and added new Saab customers who along the way. Some of these new Saab customers have discovered the 9-3 and 9-5 models, and THAT is what makes the 9-7x an imporant product.
    Saab cars, apart from the 9-2x, have ALWAYS had Saab character, and that is the point that is important to remember. It is because of the cash that the 9-7x brings in that we can enjoy our SAAB CARS.
    I am certainly enjoying my new-to-me 9-5 Aero, and if I ever feel like purchasing a gas-guzzling tall wagon, or find the need to tow a boat you can bet I would jump on the 9-7x bandwagon.
    Until then I will continue to love driving my 9-5, and dream of owning a 2009 Black Turbo 9-3 SportCombi.

  4. The 9-7x has never really been a thorn in my side. It was a MUCH smarter choice than the 9-2x, which A.)deluded Saab’s character B.)was a VERY weak seller.
    The 9-7x is just an SUV. Having said that, there are nice SUVs and this one is actually a nice one. BUT an SUV is not what defines SAAB, nor does it define any other brand (big case in point, Volvo, whose XC90 is their biggest seller here in America). The Swedes added an SUV because the market was pointing in that direction. Saab does not have the resources that Volvo has, so they created something that kept Saab customers in the family in a short matter of time, and added new Saab customers who along the way. Some of these new Saab customers have discovered the 9-3 and 9-5 models, and THAT is what makes the 9-7x an imporant product.
    Saab cars, apart from the 9-2x, have ALWAYS had Saab character, and that is the point that is important to remember. It is because of the cash that the 9-7x brings in that we can enjoy our SAAB CARS.
    I am certainly enjoying my new-to-me 9-5 Aero, and if I ever feel like purchasing a gas-guzzling tall wagon, or find the need to tow a boat you can bet I would jump on the 9-7x bandwagon.
    Until then I will continue to love driving my 9-5, and dream of owning a 2009 Black Turbo 9-3 SportCombi.

  5. What SAAB really needs to do is replace the 9-7X with something just as spacious, AWD, and better mileage. Add in something special to make it unique and not as wagon-y as the 9-3 and 9-5 wagons… Something like, say, a Sigma platform 😉

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