A real Saab. History, continued

With all the news on the current developments at NEVS, some past news about the past would almost go unnoticed. First of all the fact that about a week ago, Spyker lost the appeal in a $ 3B law suit against General Motors. Secondly, a local court in the Netherlands ordered Spyker to vacate their facilities in Zeewolde today after having canceled their contract. I have visited their offices some time ago with my 9-4X, a truly amazing car that has been manufactured in late 2010 during the Spyker ownership of SAAB Automobile AB.

One of the two crystal red 9-4X Aero's ever produced in front of the Spyker facilities at Zeewolde, The Netherlands.
One of the two crystal red 9-4X Aero's ever produced in front of the Spyker facilities at Zeewolde, The Netherlands.

A real SAAB

ALTHOUGH the 9-4X shares many design features with the 9-5NG, it has a unique look and feel. Unfortunately only 700 units were ever produced at the GM factory in Ramoz, Mexico; quite a difference from the 20,000 units that were made by GM's earlier SAAB SUV: the 9-7X.

9-4X is rather outnumbered by the 9-7X and the fact that the 9-4X never got launched outside the US, explains why the 9-4X too often gets confused with its older "brother".
Having said that, the 9-4X also has a GM sibling: the Cadillac SRX. Despite commonalities, the 9-4X looks, feels and feels like a real SAAB and I am planning to write more about this in a future post.

US-spec Aero MY11 #165, US-spec Aero MY11 #2 and EU-spec MY12 Premium #5 in Stockholm
US-spec Aero MY11 #165, US-spec Aero MY11 #2 and EU-spec MY12 Premium #5 in Stockholm

Family reunion

Here in Sweden, the 9-4X is a real rare sight. Getting as many as possible, but on 5 October the impossible happened when I was in Stockholm. Two 2.8T Aero's with US specs and one -even more unique- 3.0i Premium with European specifications.

Under the hood of the 9-4X Premium, the 3.0i engine.
Under the hood of the 9-4X Premium, the 3.0i engine.
Lots of attention for this unique collection of 9-4X's!
Lots of attention for this unique collection of 9-4X's!

We are doing a photo shoot of "the new SAABs". When we explained the actual situation, the disappointment was almost immediately suppressed by admiration and melancholy: "if only the 9-4X would have reached the market ...". History indeed, but continued!

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