The Saab 9000 was the first historic step into the higher price range for the Saab-Scania group. The overused term “premium” did not exist at that time.
The 9000 design was created in collaboration between Björn Envall, a “student” of the legendary Sixten Sassons, and Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Björn Envall was in charge of the Saab design up to the 900 II and the Saab 9-5 I. A continuity of the design school from Sixten Sasson from the beginning of vehicle production until the late 80s. The legacy of aircraft construction has always been respected and reinterpreted. As with all pre-GM Saab, the motto “Form Follows Function” also applies to the 9000. Incredible. Saab just.
The 9000er was developed together with Fiat Group. Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Lancia theme were the Italian siblings, even if at the end of the construction period, no similarities in the body design to the doors was more noticeable. For Lancia and Fiat it was the last model in this class, which became a success. Today, Fiat builds only small cars successfully, Lancias will be based in the future more grisly on American models, a big Alfa, there is not a long time.
Many, even us, may not have been known that the 9000 also had a convertible prototype as a derivative. We do not know many facts about this project, the prototype is in the Valmet factory museum in Uusikaupunki.
Presumably, the Saab 9000 Cabriolet is a development based on a Valmet initiative, as is the Saab 9000 CD V8, located in the Valmet Factory Museum. The 9000 Cabriolet could have been a repeat of the success story that began with the 900 Cabriolet for Saab. The market of large 4-seated convertibles was at that time broke and was revived only by Mercedes with the W124 series. Even an elegant coupe based on the 9000er series would have been possible, so the Saab 9000 project would have become a complete product family.
The Saab-Scania Group would have been a higher volume in the upscale vehicle class possible and the history of the car brand from Trollhättan might have taken a different course
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