My thanks to Tobias for supplying the following translation from e24, who have had a reasonable amount of news about Saab lately.
Saab is developing GM’s diesel with hybrid technology. SvD(?) have been granted access to the secret rooms of Saab.
First up is a white Saab 9-3 Sport Combi that is fully stuffed with hybrid technology, where electric engines are driving the car in lower speeds and normal combustion engine takes care of higher speeds. It’s like a Prius, just a little more complicated (and better looking, and safer, and more comfortable, and…. – SW).
We are in Saabs development centre in Trollhättan. Here the technology is fitted to the cars. Everything is hush hush but on the driver’s seat is a key with the text “9-3 diesel”.
Is it a diesel hybrid? The face of the man in charge, Magnus Wall, goes pale.
– We are developing hybrid technology for different kinds of engines.
Before the talk about hybrid and diesel was believed to be too expensive and the concept is not for SAAB and GM. But later on Peugeot, among others, has shown that it is possible.
But is this a diesel hybrid? He is getting even more pale and takes look at the press director.
Isn’t it hard to get the diesel to work, which is hard to start, with the electric engine?
The colour is back in his face.
No that is possible.
So it is very secret all the time but at the same time the engineer is so proud he can’t wait to tell more.
We will get everything to work together. With the next generation of hybrid we can lower the fuel consumption up to 40 percent. This is possible with the use of more electricity.
And there’s more…..on the 9-5 perhaps?
The biggest secret is located far back in the room, covered in a grey blanket.
It is probably the new Saab 9-5 due to be presented in two years time. A beautiful sculptured sedan fully loaded with hybrid technology under the bonnet. I’m taking a glance and all I can see is that the car is white. I’m just a quick grab and a picture away from revealing Saab’s big secret.