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.
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.