• May 13th 2009 at 9:01AM
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According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, Fritz Henderson, General Motors' recently appointed CEO, doesn't want to see Saab leave the American automaker's portfolio. Why? Apparently, because the upcoming Saab 9-5 sport sedan is just that good. The paper goes on to suggest that the new Saab 9-5 Aero was tested and compared against the Opel Insignia OPC, which shares a similar platform, with the Swedish automobile emerging as "a clear winner."

We really do hope the next-gen Saab 9-5 is a brilliant car. Still, we have a suspicious feeling that these reports are a bit embellished. All things considered, it's more likely that Henderson hopes the new 9-5 is good enough to help attract a reasonable offer from its new owner, be it Geely, Fiat or some other bidder, which may in fact turn out to be a better scenario for the Saab's future that staying under the GM umbrella.

[Source: Saabs United]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I expect a Saab to beat an Opel.

      How it does against an Audi, BMW, MB, Lexus or Infiniti is another story entirely.

      Also, it makes poor business sense to hold onto a brand for what amounts to a 30-40k/yr vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only way I see to make the next 9-5 brilliant is to base it on the Zeta platform.
        Tim
        • 6 Years Ago
        How it does against an Audi, BMW, MB, Lexus or Infiniti is another story entirely.

        How it does against a Volvo is another story entirely.*

        Fixed. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it had better be good, for God's sake. I think it will be, at any rate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really don't get it. How can they NOT design an upper-class version of the Opel's platform to be better? Of coure it should be better, and in almost every way.

      I also am confused as to GM's Euro strategy if they let go of GM Europe (Saab, Opel, Vauxhall). They're confident their Chevy brand can play there. They better, because the current lineup wouldn't put a dent in much of the competition. For their premium offerings, I recall reading on here not too long ago that they were planning on pulling Cadillac Europe from the menu, leaving Saab as their premium Euro brand. With Saab possibly leaving .. they wouldn't have anything there in the premium segment at all. And either way, they shouldn't be surprised by the Cadillac Europe's slumping sales; the Escalade and BLS should never have been brought there, and the SRX and STS lack the interiors to compete with competitors. The CTS 2008+ was doing reasonably well from what I heard. So give them the DTS we've all been waiting for, keep the CTS, give us the 3-Series-fighting BTS, and give them the new SRX. The next Escalade, if Lambda-based, could also work there potentially.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Saab that is just too good to let go? I suppose Hell is freezing over right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this new 9-5 going to be as good as the "born from jets" Saab Trailblazer?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So any other parts of GM Fiat is interested in?

      Its beginning to look like they're just planning on taking all the european operations. I guess that would make sense though, with all the shared platforms.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Wishful thinking from the Saab faithful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A $40,000 luxury car beating a midsize Opel sedan? Gosh, I hope so. What a stupid bit of speculation on the part of Expressen. If they had said Fritz was worried the 9-5 was better than the CTS, that might have a little more validity.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Insignia OPC is not just any Opel sedan. If the 9-5 can beat it's driving dynamics, Saab has something very good going :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Saab 9-3 is classed with the Lexus IS250, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class and BMW 3-series...and the only thing the Saab 9-3 matches those vehicles in, is price...

      I was just cross shopping these vehicles...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeas, if you compare retail prices. But at the moment you can get into a brand new SAAB 9-3 Aero for $24,399. That deal was advertised by my local SAAB dealer last week.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, in addition to being cheaper with real world prices, the Saab is lighter, has more standard equipment, is safer, and has turbo torque standard. Sure, the interior isn't as great as some of the competitors, but it's good enough and has a cleaner, less cluttered design. The REAXs rear steering suspension makes it handle very well too. If you want power, you get the Aero 2.8 L V6 turbo, if you want great fuel economy, get the 2.0 T. Drive one first and then discuss how competitive it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every time I see "GM's Henderson", I read "Jim Henson".

      Is that strange?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not buying this story. He would ditch Saab for almost anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It often amazes me the blatantly stupid and moronic comments made on this website by many of U GM haters.

      The Epsilon platform has been licensed to Fiat for many yeas now. Fiat's Croma is sitting on the Ep1 platform in fact right now.

      The current Insignia has been celebrated since it's debut.. and is stand tall against everything the other German makers have to throw at it. FWD or not.. it is competing with the A6, 5series, and Eclass. That being said.. the new Buick Lacrosse will be doing the same here in the States.. until many of your AUTOMATIC anti-domestic banter kicks in and ultimately dismiss the car because it continental origin

      The 9-5 will be possibly better than the Lacrosse, at least in terms of performance due to Saabs general ideology. The advancement of the car, IMO, would serve to give a good demonstration of what an EP2 based Cadillac with XWD (only) would be in the Premium Luxo segment as a smaller alternate to the CTS here in the U.S. and at least for the next 4-5 years... a competitor, in Europe, to said 9-5 if it goes to another company
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