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First Look: Saab 9-4X Crossover

One step at a time.

by on Nov.17, 2010

Saab's new 9-4X debuts in Los Angeles.

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.

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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.


Saab Reopening Canadian Showrooms

Maker slowly rebuilding after near-shutdown.

by on May.14, 2010

Saab dealers in Canada -- and the U.S. -- will soon get the new 9-4X crossover.

Saab Cars North America is mounting an ambitious effort to get back into the Canada as soon as possible.

General Motors decided to sell Saab as it emerged from bankruptcy, last year, and then, initially, began to ramp down operations when it failed to find a buyer for the Swedish brand. Saab was eventually sold, in February 2010, to Spyker Cars of the Netherlands.  But in the interim, production operations were halted and GM closed all of the Saab dealerships in Canada.

Victor Mueller, Spyker chief executive officer, tells there are still a lot of Saab enthusiasts in Canada and passionate dealers.  Saab Cars North America (SCNA) has now reached agreement with International Fleet Sales to return Saab to the Canadian marketplace as quickly as possible.

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SCNA and IFS are developing the process necessary to import and distribute new Saab vehicles throughout Canada beginning with 2011 model year vehicles. The launch date for the revived operations is August 1.  Approximately 20 dealers have already expressed interest in the opportunity to sell the luxury brand.


New Saab Outlines Product Plans

“Think aircraft,” suggests new owner.

by on May.12, 2010

Saab is finally moving metal to the showrooms.

Saab, the Swedish automaker recently sold by General Motors, expects to have the much-delayed 9-5 model on sale by July and has three other vehicles in its product pipeline as it restarts its business around the world.

Now owned by Spyker, a Dutch sports car manufacturer, Saab will also plans to introduce a wagon version of  the 9-5 next year, as well as a 9-4X crossover vehicle that is also due out in 2011, according Jan Ake Jonsson, Saab’s president and chief executive officer.

Confirming an earlier report on, an all new version of the Saab 9-3 is targeted for 2012. The styling for the 9-3 hasn’t been frozen yet but it will be more sporty and agressive.

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“The current Saab 9-3 was more of a generic sedan.  This will be very different,” said Jonsson, during a visit to Detroit this week.