Trollhättan about 10 years ago. Times were turbulent, the relationship between GM and Saab anything but relaxed. Some of the things that were decided in Sweden and Detroit at the time cannot be understood even with a long time lag.
Saab burns money
Take Saab, for example: Trollhättan had developed its own navigation system for the 2002-9 sedan introduced in autumn 3 instead of venturing into the GM group shelf, where there were solutions in every price region. Economic madness! Already with regard to the possible quantities! Really bitter, however, because the system did not work reliably. A whole generation of Saab drivers, including myself, cursed the self-made navigation solution - and always had a mobile, functioning cheap navigation system in the glove compartment.
While Saab sank the money into its own navigation system, the Saab drivers were annoyed up to the big facelift, GM did not burn it directly in Trollhättan. But in the environment, in failed collaborations. There were a few of them, and the Americans seemed disoriented. To deal with Saab or not, the question was regularly on the agenda in Detroit.
The development alliance between Sweden and Japan, based on the Subaru Tribeca Saab 9-6x was ready for series production, ended in 2005 when GM sold its shares in the Japanese. Today there are two prototypes, a four-door and a two-door, in the Saab Bilmuseum. There is nothing more of it.
At around the same time, the liaison between GM and the Fiat group failed. One result of the collaboration with Saab is the Fiat Croma, originally planned as Lancia. The position of the ignition lock is treacherous. Saab DNA in the Italian…
On a common premium platform, the Saab 9-5 successor and Alfa 159 should emerge. Brera and 159 launched 2005, mutating into flops. Because too heavy, too thirsty, not convincingly athletic, too little Alfa DNA. The finished 9-5 successor should never have gone into production for this very reason.
Sexauer has an idea how everything could end in 2011
This is where our video recording from 2006 comes in. At Saab, things should go forward again. GM had decided not to pull the plug (yet), the problem was postponed, and the 9-5 was given a final facelift.
In Germany, the personnel carousel turned at turbo speed during these years. Managing Director Knuth Sexauer, he will only stay with Saab for almost 18 months, gives the optimist at N-TV. If you listen carefully, Sexauer speaks words that should come true in 2010/11. Removing Saab from GM is not that easy.
The digitized recording is about more performance for the Saab models. Hirsch Performance, as a competent contact person responsible for brilliant turbo moments, was the right address. The Hirsch-Performance Saabs entered the price lists as complete vehicles in 2006. In the medium term, the Swiss could have become something like M-GmbH for BMW for Saab.
The offer at the time was right. 300 hp in the old 9-5 are an announcement. Hirsch donated, among other things, more powerful brakes, a different LLK, a modified chassis and modified software. Unfortunately, the performance kit for the Aero, which could also be retrofitted at the time, is no longer available. But even today, 260 PS in the Aero series are still enough turbo fun to be relaxed in the Saab.