Saab has been quietly working on a spiritual successor to the lovable, classic Saab 92 which was launched over 60 years ago. Earlier this year, Saab chief executive officer Victor Muller announced that the 92 successor would be a "super-cool" supermini that draws cues from the company's historic past while remaining thoroughly modern throughout. Muller credits Mini with this new retro idea and says that the 92 successor was inspired by the Mini's modern recreation of the Issigonis original.
All right, with the background covered, here's where the 92 project stands now: Saab is currently in discussions with several other manufacturers to find a party interested in working together on the new small car platform. As Muller said, "Discussions are already ongoing [with other manufacturers]. That will be on my plate for the next 100 days" Muller added that the project is well underway and he "works with Saab designers every day" and carrys the latest renderings of the 92 project with him on trips across the globe. Even if Saab secures a partner soon, the 92 successor is unlikely to come to market any sooner than 2013.
Back in 2008, General Motors created a list of the top ten vehicles of all time. The original Saab 92 (later replaced by the 93 pictured above) topped that list so our expectations are high and we hope that the successor is every bit as good as the original.
[Source: Autocar | Image: Liftarn - C.C. License 2.0]