Chinese owners, identical platform, no matching engine. Two companies, a basically comparable starting point. While under NEVS direction only a renewed infusion of the 9 3 sedan was enough, BAIC is burning a novelty firework.
Visitors to the Guangzhou Auto Show can marvel at what's possible on Saab platforms. The most interesting premiere, in our view, is the BAIC Senova X65. A midsize SUV on modified Saab 9-3 platform.
BAIC is now talking about the Matrix platform. It is unclear whether the base is identical to that of the Saab 9-3 SUV, which we never saw, or whether it is a new BAIC development. BAIC was faced with the same problems as NEVS, having no suitable engine for the base. One problem, two approaches. While NEVS bought engines worldwide, the Chinese from the capital went the harder, more expensive route. The "old" Saab machines, at least the 2 liter turbo version, were modified for the 9-3 base. Under the hood of the Senova X65 the 2.0 liter Saab Turbo will work with 201 PS, as transmission - writes the Carnevschina - comes a manual 5 gearbox or an 6 gear automatic used.
The company from the capital is on the road to success with the Saab-Senova line and skilfully plays with the Saab genes. The front grille of all Senova models is, in Chinese sensation, to remember the aircraft genes of Saab. The result is a very own design line that has nothing in common with the original product. Astonishingly, the design language is used consistently in all new releases; car manufacturers from China learn quickly. BAIC now shows novelty novelty. A large saloon based on the extended Mercedes E class (W212), recognizable as Senova at first glance, will round up the range.
The compact sedan Senova D60, also on Saab 9-3 basis, is supplemented by a particularly sporty model. The Senova CC Concept shows the Chinese idea of a sporty middle class sedan, of course again with Saab 2.0 liter turbo and Trionic.
For BAIC, the purchase of Saab Technik was a good investment. It is an open secret that 2011 would also like to have taken over the brand and the work. GM was for it, the Chinese state as well. The brand would have been spared insolvency, the employees would have kept their jobs. The sheer misery we see today in the Stallbacka industrial area would never have happened. What was missing was only the signature of Victor Muller. He disagreed. Small decisions! They can change the lives of many people sustainably.