Saab 9 3 Second Life

In China, the data and images of the Saab 9-3-based BAIC Senova D60 were published on a car log. In the fourth quarter, BAIC plans to start serial production of the Senova D60, the images should correspond to what will be available to dealers in Chinese cities in the future.

Senova D60 cockpit. Digital melange
Senova D60 cockpit. Digital melange

In the second life of old Sweden changes a lot. But not all. And there is a reunion, because it pulls a real, pithy Saab engine with Trionic under the hood.

The wheelbase was taken over unchanged for the Saab 9-3 China variant, and the length corresponds to 4,65 meters almost the original. In the width missing the Beijing derivative 4 centimeters, in the height one to two centimeters. The view under the bonnet becomes more exciting. BAIC has transplanted the Saab B205 engine, known from the first generation of the Saab 9-5, into the D60. There, the turbocharged engine with Saab Trionic 200 PS. Two further turbo engines with 1.8 and 1.5 liters, allegedly own developments, are to complete the offer. The motors are optionally coupled to an 6 automatic transmission or manual transmission.

The designers have really lived their lives designing the cockpit. A turbo ad is (of course) available, Senova plays in China very actively with the Saab story. But the once clear arrangement of the ads, which left no questions unanswered, became a mélange of digital elements and lightbars. Different is not always better.

There are no questions about the price. He will be mercilessly cheap. A Senova D60 can already be taken home in China under 10.000 €, the top model will cost just under 17.000 €.

Just as a reminder, and so that it is not forgotten: a company in Trollhättan worked for two years on the new edition of the Saab 9-3, the main market was thought to be in China. The 200 PS Senova D60 is offered at a fraction of what NEVS in Sweden is asking for the 2014 9-3 Aero. How realistic were the NEVS China plans?

Text: tom@saabblog.net

 

13 thoughts on "Saab 9 3 Second Life"

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    What you only have with your European market. This market is completely saturated and there is only a minimal number of vehicles sold in the situation where NEVS is located. Far too little to anyone to be able to reasonably operate the development and manufacturing. The growing markets are China and India. Not without reason did all the brands induce production facilities in these countries. With the vehicles sold out of patriotism in Sweden and the few cars on the lover and loyal fans of the brand, bebe would have survived only briefly.
    No criticism a la helps: "If they had brought that onto our market - would have brought them just as little, but I would finally have a new Saab. [Note from me] "

    No offense, but NEVS has had the right approach, but if then the investors have no money everything, as it had actually said (so I understood), then this is probably not NEVS 'fault.

    About the baic cockpit - that's clear. In the middle d the speed, left the speed, right the boost pressure display. Everything was great. And the smaller width is bought at the expense of poorer accident protection.

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    NECS has no future within Sweden, see the
    9-3 sales figures and e-models in Sweden's province are sure to hit the spot

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    What I am wondering is -> how realistic were NEVS 'plans for Europe?

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      Wrong question. Was / is there any outside Sweden, that would be the question.

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    That's what I've been most interested in since 2012. Why did NEVS win the contract? But by now we know, with the other Chinese (Youngman) it would have gone even worse, see Spyker, and maybe it will now but something with Mahindra but the eggs are now too much again too long. The hope dies, as we know, to last.

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      That was also the time of the great electromobility euphoria. Then incompetence of Journaille mingled with the same incompetence of lawyers to a conclusion that electric cars would be the future.

      That's it, I'm still convinced of that, but only in the next 10-20 years (until the oil gets even more expensive), when the batteries finally get better. Factor 5 at least. And I've been following terrific scientific announcements since 2008, and see no realizations in products.

      For the first time, I was skeptical about NEVS when I learned about the storage density of the planned batteries. That was just mediocrity. Meanwhile, I believe that NEVS really hoped for a government-sponsored boom. Why they at such an early stage (relative to the development of the electric Phoenix) the recommissioning of the production line, and then even with combustion engine cars, have operated, I'm no longer clear. That has certainly cost a lot of money, which is de facto now fizzled.

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    NEVS has probably more fully on the menu “chin. Contacts ”and hoped that certain political circles would accompany the whole thing benevolently….
    Hopefully, once the reason is published why NEVS was awarded the contract for the acquisition of SAAB!
    Only E-SAAB products would be a little thin….

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    The design changes may nicely show the differences in aesthetic ideas between Europe and China. That may explain so many (for my taste rather unsuccessful, but the BMW Cocks can sell everything anyway) Balancing in the face of strong growth in the China market.

    I wonder how to make the body just 4 cm narrower.

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      2 cm on each side is not enough, less thick doors and other bumpers or on the fenders. Perhaps measured differently ... Have completely new press tools, much more original 9-3 is no longer there.

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      Not only BMW, with the new star models one could assume that the Chinese have been gaining a foothold in the design department there for some time - and / or our market is becoming increasingly insignificant.

      However, Chinese manufacturers have just tough sales problems in the domestic market, which is why the local authorities are now harassing against, for example, German manufacturers.

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    One more reason why you should first concentrate on the European market. Even big brands have a hard time to gain a foothold in China.

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      Which ones would be there? Ford, the Vw Group, BMW, Daimler and Toyota are very well represented and have successful products. How it looks with GMC, no idea.

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