• Apr 20, 2010
Chinese carmaker BAIC paid $200 million late last year for parts from General Motors' parts bin for Saab: the previous generation Saab 9-5 platform and the pre-2006 Saab 9-3 platform, along with a third mystery platform, two engines and two transmissions.

The Beijing Motor Show is upon us, and the company's BAW division is apparently advertising what it has Photoshopped done with the 9-5 so far, called the C71 Concept. It's almost a neat looking nose, although we aren't sure it belongs on that particular body as opposed to, oh, a Mazda. The outgoing 9-5's last facelift, you'll recall, wasn't much better. Of course, we'll have to wait and see what they end up revealing on the show floor – who knows, this could be real progress.

[Source: AutoSohu.com via The Tycho]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      oh, it's the new Saab BAW-WAW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Speaking of facelifted cars, you should see the 10 year run of various Jettas produced. This is way better than anything BAIC can develop on its own anyway, so $200 mil didn't get wasted. I think it'll look better in person, it's a poorly shopped image.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a pretty good fascia, really--there's only so much you can do with a body from 1997.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the nose looks fine (although I would have preferred to see more sharpened creases). This nose looks better than anything out of Acura or that new CRX.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually it's more interesting than the current nose on the new 9-5.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see what they do with (to) Volvo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a 9-5 long-roof driver, I can attest to the fact the front overhang was already too 'air-dam' long, this looks to make it even more curb-hungry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      polishing a turd
      • 4 Years Ago
      test
      • 4 Years Ago
      It actually doesn't look bad if you're just looking at the front of the car...god forbid your eyes migrate beyond the A-pillar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the lines on that front end design dont match with the rest of the car's body.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a complete ripoff of Audi/vw
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