Saab Hybrid and 9-5 news

My thanks to Tobias for supplying the following translation from e24, who have had a reasonable amount of news about Saab lately.

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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.

Well yes

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.

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And there’s more…..on the 9-5 perhaps?

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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.

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12 Comments

  1. SVD also is the owner of the site e24.se or more correct has the same owner. So stuff from the paper concerning economics ends upp on the site

  2. Fantastic news ! I have been hoping for a Saab diesel hybrid all along. Will it cross over to North America is another question. I would think so, given that the price of the black gold is evolving exactly as I predicted. I won’t be as bold as to predict it will reach 200$ a barrel by the end of 2008, but with the Chinese gobbling everything they can put their hands on, it’s a distinct possibility.

  3. 1) I think the Prius is cool looking. 🙂
    2) I’ve always said the Prius needed to be diesel to actually be worth anything.
    3)No like 9-3SS. I want to see the 9-5!!

  4. BMW doesnt make really safe cars if you take a Holistic approach…look at the latest convertible crash test results.
    Only the Swedes got good marks all around.

  5. Its obvious GM would not develop such an important technology just for Saab. The good news is that Saab will get it, and better still, seems to be working on the development on this milestone for GM.

  6. Its obvious GM would not develop such an important technology just for Saab. The good news is that Saab will get it, and better still, seems to be working on the development of this milestone for GM.

  7. wilfried: if Saab’s hybrid works like is described in the article, “electric engines are driving the car in lower speeds and normal combustion engine takes care of higher speeds” then it’s not like the Opel Flextreme.

    The Opel Flextreme is a “series hybrid” which means that the internal combustion engine’s sole function is to recharge the batteries which drive the electric motor(s), which in turn drive(s) the wheels.

    The system described above is a “parallel hybrid” in which both the internal combustion and electric motor drive the wheels at various times.

    The Prius is a gasoline/electric parallel hybrid. The proposed Saab system is a diesel/electric parallel hybrid.

    The first Saab hybrid (the 9³ BioPower Convertible Hybrid Concept shown at the 2006 Stockholm Auto Show) was a gasoline/electric parallel hybrid.

    While I like the idea of a diesel hybrid, I’d be more impressed if it were series rather than parallel. I think you’d get better fuel economy with series.

    No.9: I keep wondering aloud if a diesel hybrid might have low enough gross emissions to meet 50-state-emissions-laws compliance without requiring NOx filtering and/or urea injection. I would hope it would have a PM filter regardless. Also, any chance the Saab hybrid will be really green and be the first mass-produced diesel engine to be certified capable of running up to B100?

    dan: as mentioned in the article, there is some question as to whether diesels can be started-up as quickly as a gasoline engine can be, something required of a hybrid.

    Mag-X: Even Prius buyers don’t like the look of the Prius. That’s why the radical change in the third-gen model due out soon.

    Michael: lucky then for Saab then that it’s a closely held secret that they used to top that list! 😉

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