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The Saab 92 Could be Coming Back Soon (as Well as a Newer 9-3 Model)

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On: Mon, May 31, 2010 at 12:12AM | By: Michael Jon Lazar


The Saab 92 Could be Coming Back Soon (as Well as a Newer 9-3 Model)

There have been lots of people who have been wondering about the future of Saab as of lately. This is for good reason too. After the fall of the Big Three automakers and GM's selling of their stakes in Saab to a European company, many owners were a bit concerned. I would have been too, because a new owner (of Saab) could change the entire spectrum.

Saab could alter vehicle warranties or make the availability of parts scarce; but such is not the case my friends, rather quite the opposite. The outlook for the carmaker is as bright as the sun, and looking better each day. Saab has a brand new concept car that is in the works, dubbed the 9-3, and the revival of the coveted Saab 92, that is sure to entice car buyers the world afar.

In a report that was recently published by Motor Trend, the founder of Spyker (who now owns Saab), Victor Muller, offered some insight into the revival of the ever so coveted Saab 92 series of cars, stating, “The Saab 92 is definitely the missing link in the portfolio of Saab cars. And this is clearly what we want to bring to the market, really soon.”

The carmaker has some pretty bright plans for the future as well, according to Muller and the Motor Trend report. Not only is the 92 once again in the works, or potentially in the works for a late 2011 release, according to the article they have some other bright ideas for the future. The car company has managed to secure plenty of funding to move forward with other, newer concept models such as the next-generation 9-3 Saab. Which looks like (according to Saab and Motor Trend) that it is expected to arrive on showroom floors some time in 2013.

As far as the scopes of the finances of these newer lines of Saabs are concerned, the article really touches on the funding of the Dutch automaker and their financial future that lies ahead. “Dutch-based Spyker paid GM $74 million, plus $326 million in preferred stock, for Saab. The European Investment Bank has loaned Saab $550 million, enough to bring the GM-supplied 9-4x to market in April 2011, the 9-5 SportCombi to market in July 2011 and to complete development of the next-generation 9-3 to market by late '12 as a 2013 model. The 9-3 won't be on the Epsilon II platform, as GM had once planned.”

Regarding the much anticipated revival of the Saab 92, Muller really has his sights set on the future of the car company. In fact, he is rather excited about the forthcoming Saab 9-3. This is because of the Epsilon I and II platforms going away (GM has ceased production on those platforms), and Saab being the makers of their own version of the Epsilon platform.

Muller is very ecstatic about the new 9-3 and Saab’s new Epsilon platform. He shares his excitement in the Motor Trend interview by stating, “It's a heavily modified Epsilon I platform, but Saab's now. So that's the basis for the new 9-3. We have no further restraints. We don't have to share it with anyone else. This means we can knock ourselves out to make it the car we want it to be.”

What does this mean for Saab lovers? It means a new, more refined ride is on the way. It means that it will have its own platform, and not GM’s. It means that Saab is still a great automaker that has some strong visions of the future. What it really means is that you can expect a whole new line of awesome Saab cars in the very near future!


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