Rumors spread quickly. Especially when it comes to Saab. It all started with a report by the magazine Autocar. The new Saab owners want to build the 9-3 in China, as it was read a few days ago, the plant in Trollhättan to be dismantled. All nonsense, I thought, and ignored the article.
A few days later the news found its way into the German press. A news magazine brought it and Autoscout24 also wrote "Saab lives“And reported on the planned dismantling in Trollhättan. When the first search queries with “Demontage Trollhattan” popped up here on the blog, it became too much for me too.
If you want to run the tapes in China in the summer, then it would be an enormous challenge even for the fix Chinese. Dismantling, transport at sea, rebuilding and setting up production in weeks remaining only 30. The clock is ticking because you have not even moved a single screw in Trollhättan!
The rumor is just a rumor, of course. Presumably resulting from a translation error. The use of the “Saab” brand is linked to the location in Västragötland. Cars have to be built and developed here. Only then will the vehicles that will roll off the assembly lines in Asia in the future also bear the cult name. And that's what matters to investors. The times when you bought a plant in Europe and then rebuilt it in China are over. All of this is faster and cheaper on site.
Kai Johan Jiang on the subject of Saab
ChinaAutoWeb has published an interview with Saab investor Kai Johan Jiang. It is primarily about the choice of location and a little about product strategy. The authorities business is of interest and also a low price below 180.000 Yuan, about 21.000 €. These are cars based on the Phoenix platform, which should soon be finished.
And there was also the topic of GM. The Americans are not putting any obstacles in the way of NEVS. All lights are switched to green. Kai Johan Jiang is not really specific. The partial translation is available on ChinaAutoWeb.
Saab 900 Turbo in the test
Classic Cars, the young and oldtimer magazine of the Auto Zeitung, has republished a luxury class test from 1984. The Saab 900 Turbo 16 S drives against Alfa 6, Citroen CX GTI, Renault 26 V6, Austin Rover Vitesse, Volvo 760 Turbo and Opel Senator. The Saab is the smallest and most expensive car in the test and therefore probably only ends up in 4th place. But the summary is pleasing. "...high-class engine technology, standard air conditioning, impeccable workmanship and more than just a touch of exclusivity - a car for well-heeled individualists".
The Saab cost 30 DM almost 43.500 years ago, making it up to 15% more expensive than the competition with 6 cylinders under the hood. He was a cult anyway. He was also bought. Perhaps a suggestion for Kai Johan Jiang, when he thinks about premium and pricing.