On Monday we are guaranteed to have good Saab news on the blog. Before that, a short look into the wide world, especially to China, is on the agenda. The good old Saab engines with the unique Trionic continue their careers. Now comes the B205 in the rustic Beiijing car BJ40.
204 Saab Turbo PS and 280 Nm will power the off-roader in the future. The Car News China reports a BJ40 with B205 engine; in September, the new variant Premiere on the Chengdu Auto Show celebrate. Interesting is the story, because Car News China has found an indication that provides an indication of the B235. The famous engine, which was a legendary B234 in the Saab 9000 on the way, later as B235 Evolution in the 9-5 up to 260 horsepower has disappeared from the scene.
BAIC bought the rights to the 2.3 liter in 2009; so far it has not appeared in any model. In BJ40 Car News China found a docket with an engine designation changed from 23 to 20. Are the Chinese working on the 2.3 liter as a hot turbo in various models? For the first time, we would be seriously jealous of BAIC customers and continue to monitor developments.
If we stay in China de facto, we switch to Borgward. Not only the money for the comeback comes from the Far East, even if the returnees want to establish their headquarters in Stuttgart in August.
The engine plant and production in Beijing is ready to go, and a first official Erlkönig photo of the Borgward SUV is in circulation. And still - the short update on Borgward could be rewritten as "Every beginning is difficult".
Borgward is active, there is one Youtube Channel, Twitter account, Instagram and so on. The number of followers shows how long the path that has to be taken on the comeback can be seen. On Youtube there are 85, Twitter 165, Instagram 56. That is to say the least - nothing. Almost 3 months after the Geneva Motor Show, the first sign of life in what felt like 1.000 years, the brand is not yet enthusiastic.
After all, Borgward was able to get an experienced manager on board with former Daimler man Ulrich Walker. Walker worked for Daimler in China and the Far East until 2013, previously managing the small car brand Smart.
And otherwise? The date for the IAA stands. There, the production version of the SUV to be seen. The design comes from Einar Hareide, who was with Saab for a long time. Shortly thereafter, the first new Borgward should roll to customers in China and some emerging markets. 3 SUV wants to bring Borgward in the first step on the market, later then limousines and other variants. It will be an exciting long way.
Do we remember the Saab engine with variable compression? A 1.6 liter 5 cylinder engine that was developed between 2000 and 2001 and then stopped by GM? The topic is still haunting the mind, now Porsche is developing the idea. But under a different sign ...
While Saab changed the compression with hydraulic lifting or lowering of parts of the motor housing, the Porsche version of the piston should be raised or lowered in two positions via a piston pin placement. Porsche Consulting has applied for a patent for this idea. Exciting, because maybe comes on this way an original Saab idea to the series.
At least one Saab 9-5 with variable compression is still in existence today. It belongs to the holdings of the museum in Trollhättan. With Saab it continues on the weekend. We're publishing reader stories, and our tour to Sweden schedule goes live!