The Swedish channel TV4 announced yesterday that the series launch of the Saab 9-3 successor will be delayed by half a year. The 9-3 successor model is based on the revolutionary Saab proprietary Phoenix platform and will be available with e-four wheel, hybrid, turbocharger and many other innovative details.
Sources close to Saab report a delay at several Saab development partners. Many technology projects have been put on ice because money is missing. Victor Muller, Saab board stressed in recent weeks that during the production rest of the development work continues. The launch of the new 9-3 will be critical to Saab's survival, as it's the move away from the low-margin licensed product to becoming its first technology carrier since independence. The 9-3 is the model produced in the largest numbers for Saab ever.
Saab press officer Erich Geers immediately denied TV4's announcement. “The successor to the 9-3 is extremely important for our sales. The rumors are not commented on, October 2012 has been set as the start date. ” So far Geers on TV4.
Saab will, we are sure, take full advantage of the opportunities to launch the new cars next year. Due to the liquidity crisis of recent weeks, a development partner has jumped, which is well known. With the Gemini Loan, Saab has requested further EIB funds earmarked for development to be disbursed.