Is this the car that was supposed to save Saab?
All over the Interwebs today, a grainy shot of what appears to be the much-anticipated 2013 (or 2014) replacement of the almost-dead Saab 9-3 is making the rounds.
The Swedish newspaper that posted the pic says the image is from a presentation the automaker made to Sweden’s National Debt Office from earlier this year, one of several cap-in-hand sessions the caretakers of Saab have had to make since General Motors said good riddance in 2010.
Of course, the proposed new 9-3 replacement, if that's what the image above really is, has a few hoops to jump as/if it makes its way from a PowerPoint slide to a Saab showroom near you.
First off, the next 9-3 is/was supposed to be based on an all-new Saab-developed platform, not the GM-Opel bits and bytes the current cars use. Yet seeing how it takes, oh, about a billion dollars or so to create a new platform these days, the likelihood of this new Saab appearing are zilch, zero or none. Take your pick.
Just this week, Saab scored some Chinese sugar daddy money. And the latest caretakers of the irrelevant brand also seem optimistic about Saab’s future, targeting for an annual sales volume of 205,000 units, up from the almost 32,000 Saab in 2010, the last year as a GM brand.
But the automaker is still under court protection from creditors and bankruptcy (the second time in about two years, BTW), as it still owes “hundreds of millions of crowns” to workers and suppliers.
(Back-down-to-Earth-note: Through to the end of September this year, Saab have sold a grand total of 4,647 vehicles in the U.S. market; 138 in Canada.)
For the few remaining Saabistas out there that think the automaker has a snowball’s chance in hell in surviving, no doubt, this new 9-3 image will keep the fires burning.
But know that the Chinese offer is only good until November 15, giving them time to check out the Swedish firm before they commit, and assuming Saab stays in reorganization under a court-appointed process.
A lot of “ifs”, no?
But Saab fans should be use to this...
Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Automotive News