Is the Convertible coming home?

Anders has given me a quick heads-up to an article appearing in Automobilewoche today, which suggests that GM are looking to move production of the Saab 9-3 Convertible back to Scandinavia around 2010.

Automobilewoche say that Magna Styr, the company that GM contract to build the irresistivertible in Graz, Austria, are looking to replace the Saab with the Peugeot 308cc

The report, in Deutche, is here.

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This makes for some very, very interesting reading.

Production of the Saab 9-3 is scheduled to move to Russelsheim in Germany around this time, so one would assume that the convertible would move there as well.

BUT….

Whilst I was in Sweden last June, I had a conversation with a Djup Strupe there who clued me in on the fact that Saab were working on a new convertible design, something that was totally groundbreaking and very, very innovative. I’ve reported this on site earlier, but there hasn’t been much more to say about it because it seemed a long, long time away.

Could it be that this move from Austria will tie-in with that new convertible from Saab?

Time will tell.

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8 Comments

  1. They are downsizing Trollhättan plant at the moment. Strange if they after that still can build cars on two different platforms (9-1 and 9-3). If the rumor is true, I think it means one of two things:

    1) the 9-1 will be available as a cab
    2) Valmet will once again build a Saab cab (9-3)

  2. From the newspapers we´ve been reading how Valmet Automotive is looking for a new partners next to the Porsche. One possibility in the discussions have been Aston Martin.

    But, oh boy, how gladly I´d welcome future cab – or whatever it should be – back in Finland.

    That would be really like coming home. Valmet made the main development and engineering of the original cabriolet. Maybe they´d have some new, neat ideas for the future of convertible. Hard-soft-rag-whaddayathink-top Saab?

    At least Porsche has been satisfied with the quality of Valmet, so why wouldn´t Saab?

  3. Does anyone have any conjecture about this “groundbreaking and innovative” convertible design? I can’t think of any way to do it other than the standard “roof folds into trunk” or a targa/t-top. I guess that’s why I’m not an engineer.

  4. AriId- don’t think that would work too well, it would be hell to keep clean, and it would be very dangerous if the car flipped over.

    It would be neat, though.

  5. I just hope they don’t do some silly like the Citroen Pluriel, that was just an awful idea!

    Whatever they choose to do, I just hope they don’t compromise the style of the car. Each Saab convertible has looked fabulous, I just hope whatever they choose carries on that trend. Sure, be different, but look good doing it.

  6. I’m a little concerned about future build quality for the convertible in Sweden. My ’05 convertible from Austria is more solid (i.e., lack of rattles) than my ’04 sedan, with comparable mileage.

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