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nzsaab 09-16-2009 04:11 AM

Re: Saab in China
OMG - Im 'Turned on' - does anyone get it?

CCF mod 09-16-2009 12:21 PM

Re: Saab in China
New 9-5 [email protected]:

Rally Red Lancer GTS 09-16-2009 08:27 PM

Re: Saab in China
Man, every pic I can find of this pup is either grey or silver. Lookin' great, though.

KiwiGuy 09-16-2009 08:53 PM

Re: Saab in China
OMG BAIC has aquired a stake in Koiengsegg which is set to take over SAAB!

KiwiGuy 09-17-2009 05:00 AM

Re: Saab in China
China SAAB Sales Set to Rise
From China Car Times:

China is a very weak market for Saab, who only managed to sell 900 cars last year in teh worlds hottest auto market. GM first introduced Saab into China five years ago, but has only had limited sales so far, this could be due to their very small dealership network and limited advertising scope in the Peoples Republic of China, however a partnership between Koenigsegg and Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is likely to see Saab sales in China surge.

Koenigsegg is likely to lean on its Chinese partner to further the development of a Chinese sales network and aid in Chinese marketing. The success of the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture is likely to serve as a case study to improve sales with the introduction of the right models into the market.

The Sweedish-Chinese tag team are aiming to make Saab profitable by 2012 with a yearly production rate of 100,000 cars. GM is not expected to put the brakes on any Chinese market limitations like it would have done with Opel sales, as Saab and Opel cater to different market segments, although the GM Epsilon II platform is shared with Saab for its 2010 9-5 model, which is also produced in China for the Buick Regal. If GM comes to a deal between Shanghai-GM, and BAIC, China might see a Chinese produced Saab somewhere around 2013.

nzsaab 09-17-2009 06:14 AM

Re: Saab in China

Thank you for your news article, a very interesting read. In my opinion the Chinese market is vital in Saab's future growth and the deal between Keonigsegg and BAIC make Saab's growth plans even more viable.

Rally Red Lancer GTS

There are several photos of the new 9-5 in gold on

For now heres a shot of the rear HVAC and audio controls on the console:

Rally Red Lancer GTS 09-17-2009 01:16 PM

Re: Saab in China
Cool...a separate HVAC console box for rear passengers. If that's for separate music for the passengers in back with their own speakers, I see a potential conflict there, huh? Especially with how loud I listen to my tunes!

Perhaps one of those plug-ins is for headphones...that would solve that problem.

nzsaab 09-21-2009 02:05 AM

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Very probably Rally Red Lancer GTS.

Posters are already going up in Sweden!

nzsaab 09-22-2009 03:49 AM

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Those Crazy Swedes!

You have to hand it to the Swedish, they know how to use their noodle [brain]. Just what were they thinking when they thought of doing this?

Or worse still this . . .

Rally Red Lancer GTS 09-22-2009 12:53 PM

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