This time last year, things were looking increasingly bleak, almost by the day, for Sweden’s Saab. Its owner, General Motors, was planning to either sell the small brand off or shut it down, and as the New Year approached, the latter option looked more and more likely.
Indeed, the assembly line at Trollhattan did come to a halt for about six weeks before Saab’s unexpected white knight, the small Dutch sports carmaker, Spyker, came to the rescue. Today, production of the Saab 9-5 flagship is pretty much back on track. And the next step in the Swedish company’s nascent recovery is being revealed at the 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show.
Though Saab briefly tried to find a niche with the old and largely-unloved 9-7X, industry observers believe it’s got a much better chance of hitting a home run – or at least a solid double – with the new 9-4X, the maker’s first crossover-utility vehicle.