Saab News China: BAIC-Saab C70 production starts in November

It is so far. In Trollhättan are still the tapes. The old Saab 9-5 gets its rebirth in the Middle Kingdom, albeit with his reincarnation happy, I dare to doubt. In China, next month BAIC launches production of the first series Saab 9-5 based BAIC C70. After we have seen various studies at various car shows, this picture seems to represent the production version. Hmm.

BAIC C70 based on Saab 9-5 I, production version (?)
BAIC C70 based on Saab 9-5 I, production version (?)

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, so to speak. In this one image you can not recognize Saab genes anymore, I liked each of the numerous studies better. Maybe it's just fine. Because we would like clones of our Saab 9-5 in China with the "Beiqui" - as BAIC is called in China - logo drive around? Well, not really.

The "new" Chinese car is somehow reminiscent of an old Chrysler, which was tightened again after a makeover.

Let's take a look at the good old Saab 9-5, here's the version of 2007 as an Anniversary, and let's face it, which is neutral, of course, which of the two could be the newer car.

Then we realize how good and timeless Saab Design from Sweden is

If you had not sold the Saab 9-5 tools and engines to China and you had the old Saab 9-5 sports car as a classic continue to build until the production start of the new sports, the old 9 5 would have certainly found its buyers. Volvo had done that in the hiring of the old 240er station wagon, the Classic versions were gratefully bought by the fans.

Presumably it would have brought more money into the coffers and the plant in Sweden would have been better utilized. The customers and dealers would have been grateful. Sold is just sold, some decisions at Saab are in the consequence quite short-sighted. Unfortunately. But these are those unpleasant "what if" stories that do not really help us.

Anyway. Production in Shunyi starts in Novenber. BAIC has acquired the rights and tools for the 9-5 Series 1 platform, two Saab engines and two transmissions, as well as the rights to the "pre-facelift" Saab 9-3 2009. The Chinese Saab 9-3 derivative will also be powered by electric drive in China from tape.

Still, I hope Trollhättan throws the tapes and the Saab 9-3 ePower finally comes on the market. Before the cousins ​​from China, of course.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

5 thoughts too "Saab News China: BAIC-Saab C70 production starts in November"

  • 10. October 2011 at 11: 57 AM
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    Yes, absolutely, total approval. That with the Classic would have been a good idea.

    Even without a facelift looks the 9-5 Series I still good and modern, just timelessly beautiful.

    I'm constantly driving with a 9-5 from 2003 with the great 2,2 TiD engine. I think the car is absolutely up to date. Now comes a combination with the same engine ...

  • 10. October 2011 at 12: 14 PM
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    Whenever I look at the 9-5 I (YY 99) of my friend I think ... This car can never have been built 99 ... It looks way too 'young' ... =)

  • 10. October 2011 at 2: 12 PM
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    It's good that the BAIC Saab no longer looks for Saab, then Pang Da can do more
    Original Saabs sell and Trollhattan is busy

  • 10. October 2011 at 2: 23 PM
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    A short note on the styling of the BAIC C-70:
    Having spent 30% of my annual working hours in China for many years, I believe I know the tastes of customers in the world's largest market quite well. The styling meets the Chinese taste in a nutshell and so the success of the model will adjust quickly. You have other ideas in the Middle Kingdom to look like a car and of course that's a good thing. The Chinese can not do anything with Saab genes anyway. So I do not think that the BAIC vehicle already has its future behind it. In contrast to those responsible in the beautiful Trollhättan one knows apparently in China what the customer wants and how one fulfills these wishes.
    I'll have to wait a while longer to fulfill my Saab wishes here in Germany.

    • 10. October 2011 at 3: 05 PM
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      Hej Bernd,

      that is completely correct and the design criticism naturally referred to our European taste. BAIC itself said that buyers for the C70 do not want to search in the metropolises of China, but in the middle cities and in the provinces. Probably also a consciously conservative appearance. Therefore, one advertises synonymous with the fact that the C70 is based on a mature and proven car, just values ​​that are important in the intended buyer layer. As you say, BAIC knows what the customer wants ...

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