• Jan 27, 2010
Coming to a Saab Spyker dealer near you by Spring – Click above for high-res image gallery

We had an interesting chat with a Saab mechanic in Hollywood yesterday. Naturally, he was overcome with great joy over the fact that Spyker saved Saab. What made the conversation interesting was his asking us if there will be a 2010 Saab 9-5? Dunno. Er, didn't know. But that was then. Today we feel pretty confident that there will not be a 2010 Saab 9-5. kind of exactly how there's no 1983 Corvette, minus the haggard sales saga.

However, according to a report by Edmunds Auto Observer, there will in fact be a 2011 Saab 9-5. Spyker is set to ramp up production of the new car in April and begin selling Saabs to us American types at some point during the second quarter. Did we say Saabs? We meant to say Saab Spykers, as the new cars may be called. Regardless, anything introduced to the market during May or June of a given year will be labeled as next year's model. Hence, the 2011 Saab Spyker 9-5.

The Auto Observer is also confirming that the Saab (Spyker) 9-4 will also go on sale at some unspecified future date. The 9-4 and 9-4X are based on General Motors' Theta Premium architecture – the same platform used by the Cadillac SRX. Since so much parts sharing will be going on (the 9-5 will come with at least three General Motors engines), GM will continue supplying parts to Saab Spyker for many moons, and as such have a vested interest in the new company doing well. Not too well of course, as Saab will now be free to compete head-to-head with GM brands Buick and/or Cadillac.

One last thing, and this is a plea from our Saab mechanic friend more then anything else: here's hoping Saab Spyker has the good sense to remount Saab motors longitudinally and backwards, rather than sideways, especially when a new 9-3 shows up, as that set up really is a trait of the Griffin.



[Source: Auto Observer]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Considering the local Saab dealer closes his doors at the end of the month what has this done? Apparently that is not just a local issue. Many Saab dealers had planned to close and I doubt one car can do much. As my local Mazda dealer put it; they are next door and owned by the same family; they have nothing to sell but used cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chris are you perhaps talking about Jim Ellis Saab in Marietta, GA?

      • 4 Years Ago
      SWEET!
      • 4 Years Ago
      great news wow, good
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Saab story with a happy ending.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Saab Spyker" will continue to be known as "Saab"; just as "DAF Volvo" trucks continued to be known as "DAF". Think of the owner as being a surname, and we're on first name terms.

      When the gas pedals stick, you can call them "Spyker".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope they succeed long enough for a new 9-3 to be fully developed and sold here. I would love to see what the Spyker influence would be on an entry level vehicle.

      And/ hopefully they get the price correct and we do not have to see $7-8k discounts being offered again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i remember reading that they had started the engineering and design for the new 9-3 2 years ago but the economy collapsed and haulted the project in its tracks because of SAAB's future. but i guess it will start up again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About the FWD Cars with Longitudinal engine placement, Subarus and Audis generally have them. along with that some Renaults. The Eagle Premier and Chrysler LH Cars had them too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We could have ordered a dozen or more 9-5s had this deal been done a few months ago with koiegnesegegegegegegege. We had people ready to put down money for new 9-5s. Hopefully we can still get them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Die Saab Die please, we have so many better choices. The market needs less crap.


      Thank you,

        • 4 Years Ago
        this is SAAB. Not Toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see these on the road. They're so purty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Longitudinally mounted engine in FWD, especially when mounted backwards (that is with the transmission in front of the car) gives the car a design/look of beeing RWD. (bigger space between the front wheel arch and the beginning of the front door). That is one of the features that made the 900 look quite sporty back in the days.

      But when it comes to packaging/space utilization, safety and maintenance I think everybody agrees that a transversally mounted engine is better.

      What would be quite cool though is if someone would but the transversally mounted engine behind the front axle instead of in front of it. Can't really see any technically obstacles but I don't now any car with that setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saab Spyker? Please Spyker, don't mess around with the name. Just make it a relevant brand again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they aren't going to change the name. that was just added to reflect the new SAAB era. there was the alpha Romeo/Fiat era, then the Scania Era, then the GM, era, and now the Spyker Era. but the name SAAB will never change or add an extension. it has history.
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