• Feb 26, 2010
You wouldn't know it by looking at Saab's current automobiles, but once upon a time the Swedish marque was known for crafting almost impossibly rounded bodywork. Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars, which just completed its acquisition of the Saab brand, plans to reintroduce such teardrop-shaped emotion back into the automaker's line with a new vehicle codenamed 92, or in more modern parlance, 9-2.

Don't expect to see the small, premium 9-2 before 2013 or so, when it would theoretically go up against machines like the Mini and Audi A1. According to Autocar, Saab would likely borrow a suitable set of underpinnings from GM's Opel division, as is the case with the new 2011 Saab 9-5.

If Saab is able to get this new entry-level model into production as planned, its inclusion would no doubt go a long way towards reaching Muller's stated goal of hitting 100,000 total sales per year for the newly acquired automaker. That's not too big a stretch considering that the brand sold 93,220 cars as recently as 2008. We wish him, along with the rest of those with a stake in Saab, lots of luck.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this is one kool looking car. GM could never do such a thing by them-selves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, "borrow"

      GM owns a huge chunk of shares in Saab-Spyker and is still on the hook to supply vehicles to it for the forseable future. So much for Saab independence.

      Was this really what Saab fans had in mind when they wanted the brand to be "saved"? To continue selling warmed-over GM cars at near German car prices?

        • 4 Years Ago
        What we had in mind is this: continue having trolls in Autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Using GM's platform is far from it simply being a rebadged Opel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think you understand the difference between preferred and common shares trishield. Preferred shares do not have any voting rights in the company, therefore, GM can not dictate the design direction of the cars or company on the whole. All GM has with these shares is access to the funds before common share holders should the company fold, and probably dividends, which the terms of have not been disclosed.

        GM's involvement other than being a supplier for the near future is negligible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're such a GM apologist, just admit it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see trouble, soon the Oil Industry Astro-Turfer's will be here telling us they want Brick Shaped Cars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean like the Scion XB, Nissan cube and Kia soul?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some people do value being able to see all four corners from the driver's seat over aerodynamics. Not me, but I do notice the difference and appreciate it every time I use my F150 instead of my car. I think more than anything, this is why trucks, SUVs, and CUVs remain so popular. It's reassuring to be able to see the whole vehicle, especially when parking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BTrig:
        people who actually use their trucks for work is just fine but trucks that are used every day for commuting only is a total waste.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BTrig
        . . . you're rather sensitive for a big tough trucker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you could actually learn to park, you don't need to use a truck... that's a really stupid argument.

        If you don't need the truck to tow stuff, you don't need a truck. They are dangerous to other drivers (I see pickup truck drivers driving more recklessly WAY more than I see car drivers do so), and hurting the environment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy:
        :)
        Yes, I'm real big and tough all right -- 135 lb, 5' 7", and I'm a woman. Here's another assumption buster for you: I'm an organic farmer and beekeeper who cares very deeply about the planet, but I do need a truck to do what I do. And as I mentioned *twice* before, the F150 is a work vehicle, not my daily driver!

        I really don't understand all the truck hate here on autoblog. I guess it's city boys thinking their food is grown hydroponically in the warehouse district or something?
        In real life, people who do real work need trucks. When I can go to the dealer and buy one that's 100% zero emission and runs on unicorn farts I'll be the first to celebrate, but meanwhile the work ain't gonna get done without burning some dyno juice. That's just a fact of life. Next time you go to Whole Foods for your organic carrots remember to thank the "ignernt, gas-guzzlin' Murkin truck drivers" like me who make your diet possible. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Derek:
        How tiresome of you. Anyone with reading comprehension skills would see that I mentioned (1) the truck is my second vehicle, not my daily driver, (2) I use it for things a car cannot be used for, and (3) only an idiot would argue that it's *not* easier to drive and park vehicles with visible corners.

        Also you fail at critical thinking; your anecdotal observations and opinions have nothing to do with me or my driving skills, nor does my simple observation impugn said skills. In fact, (once again proving your inability to comprehend what you've read), I specifically said "some people" prefer non-aerodynamic vehicles, but "not me"

        But you just go right ahead and troll because you're probably a coward driving around with your nose pressed to the windshield terrified of larger vehicles on the road, and the internet is the only place you feel safe enough to actually say something about it. Jackass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... yea, that's why all those gas sucking suv's & trucks people drive in America make so much sense . . . it's because they're easier to park.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy:
        But what if they actually need a truck for something other than work? Not everyone has the good fortune to be able to afford more than one vehicle. Are you so comfortable deciding who needs what?

        I'm sure we can agree there are way too many trucks and SUVs on the road, and we probably know people who waste plenty of gas doing things that could be as easily accomplished with an econo box, but...
        While I believe we should all do our part to use less energy (especially foreign oil), I happen to believe even more strongly in freedom of choice. But it's just so easy to pronounce judgment, and decide who is "doing it right" and who isn't . The most common human failing, perhaps.
        The idea of pressuring others to conform to my beliefs is tempting at times, until I feel that pressure directed at me due to someone else's beliefs. :)

        Besides, the real blame doesn't belong to the people driving gas guzzlers -- it belongs to the big multinational oil companies who place easy profit above all else, the auto manufacturers who keep chanting their idiotic "BEVs just aren't ready yet", and the politicians who sell us out to those corporate interests. Most people I know are just trying to get by, they're pretty innocent when it comes down to it.

        If you want to effect change, go after the real power behind our so-called "free market" (free as in "you are free to buy what we sell or do without"). Harassing people who drive SUVs and trucks is ineffective and pointless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back to basics
      • 4 Years Ago
      The question is "Why didn't GM think of this?" since they will be using and Opel platform anyway for the rebirth of the 92 or 9-2 from the Corsa. And who will be designing this new car, former GM designers (who didn't get it right when they had the chance) or a new crew that Spyker still needs to recruit?

      If they get it right, this could be a major contender with the new FIAT 500, MINI, and Audi A1. And once they do the 9-2 in the spirit of the original emotional looking teardrop-shaped 92, soon afterward a 9-5 break based on the 3 door 95 of the 60's could give the MINI Clubman a run for the money.

      And once this sort of strategy is in place, not long afterwards, a Saab 99 GLE combi-coupé should follow and then the Turbo. For all us SAAB enthusiasts care, you can go ahead and base it on the Opel Astra. Just do it, please! and don't waste any more time!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why GM didn't think of this is because I believe the economy tanked and ruined prospects of what they were going to do with SAAB. Nobody remembers when GM. Added the SAABrolet 9-7X and the SAABaru 9-2x, that it was a temporary fix until they would come with a design and concept for the models that are coming out. I.e., the 9-4x was announced after the 9-7x dropped in 2007. Then in 2008, the new 9-5 was being developed. Now had the economy stayed afloat, I think the next 9-2 would've bowed next year on the delta platform and then a new 9-3. And SAAB would still be bashed because it would be under GM. The 2011 9-5 beautiful as it is would be bashed more that it now if it we're under GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, an aero/retro 9-2 would be a standout in the field of minicars, and in this case carries the additional functional benefit of a miniscule drag coefficient.

        Many current cars still don't do any better than the original.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just can't help but think if they had bought Saab 10 years ago this mess may never
      have happened.

      Great idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that a Sonnet in the picture?
      • 4 Years Ago
      amazing that the plan is so obviously simple... now the cars just have to look good, be reasonably priced, fun to drive and reliable. Thats the hard part really.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally someone who understands The SAAB Way!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looking forward to the new design plans! Some of those early Saabs were very cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bring back the lightweight Saab Sonnet! Miata destroyer!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i want one
      • 4 Years Ago
      All the best,Spyker.
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