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Added to the list of contributions is this, the 92010 Sixten concept by Eduard Gray, a modern take on the original 92 designed by Sixten Sason. It's a rather attractive three-door, four-seat compact hatchback that updates the 92's 'teardrop' form. Gray argues that his creation could use a hybrid drivetrain and give Saab flavor to the buffet of little premium cars on the way. We wonder if Victor Muller will be setting it next to the sketch of the possible new 9-2 he's been showing off before taking a few notes...
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What's stopping them from building the 9-2?
The small matter of making Saab profitable again. The new management has a plan in place to achieve this through sales of the new 9-5 arriving this summer, the 9-4X coming in 2011 and the new 9-3 in 2012. Those three product lines are keeping newly independent Saab, which built just 39,000 cars in 2009, quite busy enough. It just doesn't have the funds to commit to a 9-2 as well.
But if the business goes according to plan, expect to see the 9-2 approved for production. That's when Saab would need a technology partner to make this cheeky, small hatch a reality. The Swedes are talking to numerous groups on partnerships; likely suitors would include GM (a future Vauxhall Corsa matrix), Ford (think Ka-500 co-opeartion) and maybe even emerging Chinese partners looking to tap into Saab's experience in turbocharging, green fuel tech and western production standards.
Muller said: 'The choice of a tech partner is imperative if we come to do a Saab 9-2. There are so many things that need to happen before you have a proper design, a clay model, to an engineered product to a car in production.'
The 9-2 would most likely be a small front-wheel drive hatch with limited bodystyles and a slew of downsized petrol and diesel engines. Saab's entire range is turbocharged, so expect very low-capacity motors to help cut CO2 and serve up performance required for a Saab; the Swedes are also developing turbo petrol-electric hybrid powertrains.
Best-case scenario. When could we see the new Saab 9-2?
The current business plan runs to 2016-2017, and the 9-2 sadly ain't in it. If revenues recover and Saab sales head far north of 100,000 per year, then it could be approved with Muller eyeing 9-2 sales of between 30,000-50,000 annually. The breakeven point for the newly independent Saab business will be around 80,000 units by 2012.
'It's wonderful to talk to you about the 9-2, but other than this drawing it's just a great plan,' admits Muller. 'We have a business plan with three models which will bring the company into profitability.'
Here's hoping. You somehow just know that a Saab Saab 9-2 will be hugely more exciting than a GM-era Saab 9-2.
Revitalised Swedish brand joins forces with blue propeller to make Audi A1 rival
A fresh start and now a fresh partner. Saab has revealed that it will link up with BMW to build the new Audi A1-rivalling 9-2. Plus, new boss Victor Muller has confirmed the Swedish brand will make a stylish coup