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Discussion Starter · #85 ·
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.

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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:


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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.

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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 . . .


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Bringing Sexy Back?

Well thats what she would say . . .

Thats right!!!! My favourite 9-5 may be back on the streets! Well the steets of China that is!

You see the OG 9-5 (also known as the Dame Edna 9-5 for obvious reasons) is now heading out of production. The SportEstate is still going, the Sedan finished in July. The tooling has to go somewhere, BAIC are going to buy a stake in Saab's new owner and Saab want to increase their presence in China and introduce a competitive car at a lower price than the 9-3.

The secret is to build the outgoing 9-5 in China!

The car will have all the features as it does now, it will get a new model number 9 something as the 9-5 name is taken by the new 9-5. The new car might be named 9-2 as it will be cheaper than the 9-3 but its not physically small enough to call 9-1 because Saab are saving that for their coming soon hatch.

Id say this car is going to give the Chinese ALOT of bang for their buck!

With the following features as standard! For less than the 9-3!

Anti Theft and Locks:

Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Engine Immobilizer
Vehicle Anti-Lockout
Power Decklid Lock/Unlock
Theftlock(R) Radio Anti-Theft
Selective Locking/Unlocking
Power Door Locks
Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors

Braking & Traction:

Electronic Stability Program ESP(R) Vehicle Stability Control System
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Traction Control
Front Power 306-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 286-mm Solid Disc Brakes
Brake Assistance
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes


Battery Saver
12-Volt, 70-Amp/Hours Battery
Rear Seat Power Outlet
Distributorless Ignition
140-Amp Alternator
Delayed Power Retention
Front Power Outlet

Engines & Emissions

Turbocharger With Intercooler
Free Scheduled Maintenance For 36 Months or 36,000 Miles
Turbocharged 2.3-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, MPFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of [email protected], Torque Of [email protected], Cast Iron Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation

Harman/Kardon(R) AM/FM Radio With Seek, Scan, Speed Sensitive Volume, 200 Watts and 9 Speakers Total; 6-Disc CD Changer; XM(R) Satellite Radio
Pre-Programmed Equalizer
Auxiliary Input Jack
Telephone Antenna
Rear Diversity In-Glass Radio Antenna

Exterior Lighting

Automatic Headlights
2 Front and 1 Rear Foglights
High Pressure Headlight Washers
Halogen Headlights
Daytime Running Lights
Perimeter Lighting

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish

Front Air Dam
Rocker Panels
Color-Keyed Body Side Moldings
Front and Rear Bumpers

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Automatic Climate Control
Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
Interior Air Filter
Rear HVAC Ducts


Trip Computer With Average Speed, Average Fuel Consumption and Miles To Empty
Exterior Temperature Gauge
Cruise Control
Digital Clock
Tire Pressure Monitor
Voice Activated Controls For Phone
3-Memory Adjustments For Driver Side Includes Seat and Exterior Mirrors
Service Interval Indicator
Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Audio

Interior Lighting

Front and Rear Map Lights
Illuminated Entry Includes Footwell
Delayed Courtesy Light
Interior Load Area Light

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering

Leather Steering Wheel
Metallic Trim Located On Instrument Panel and Doors
Front Carpeted Floor Mats
Rear Carpeted Floor Mats
Carpet Located Inside Passenger Cabin and Trunk

Remote Controls & Remote Releases

3-Channel Universal Garage Door Opener
Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
Remote Trunk Release
Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock and Alarm

Driver Airbag
Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
Side Guard Door Beams
Front and Rear Crumple Zones
Front Active Head Restraints
Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
Crash Sensor Sends GPS Signal
Passenger Airbag
Trunk Anti-Trap Device
Front Side Airbags With Head Protection

Driver Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
Rear 60/40 Split Folding Heated Bench Seat With Outboard Adjustable Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest
Upgraded Two-Tone Leather Seats
Front Dual Heated Bucket Seats With Adjustable Seat Height, 3-Position Driver Power Memory and Adjustable Headrests
Rear Seat Pass Through
Front Passenger Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
Driver Manual Lumbar Support


Telescopic Steering Column
Power Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering
Tilt Steering Column


2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
Lockable and Illuminated Glovebox
Temperature Controlled Storage Cools Glovebox
Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets
Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
Rear Armrest Storage
Cargo Area Tiedown Hooks
Front and Rear Dual Door Mounted Storage

Sunroof/Moonroof & Removable/Convertible Top

Front Power Glass Tilt Slide Moonroof


Rear Stabilizer Bar
Independent MacPherson Strut Wishbone Front Suspension With Coil Springs, Gas Charged Shock Absorbers and Sport Ride Type
Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs, Gas Charged Shock Absorbers and Sport Ride Type
Front Stabilizer Bar


Sentronic 5-Speed Electronically Controlled Adaptive, Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
Adaptive Automatic Transmission
Manually Interactive Transmission

Wheels & Tires

SBRP235/45VR17 BSW, All-Season Tires
Compact Spare Tire
5-Spoke High Split Alloy Wheels, 17-In. X 7.5-In.

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers

Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror
Front Dual Sunvisors
Power Windows With Front Dual One-Touch Down
Tinted Glass
Front Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Sunshade Located On Moonroof
Power Window Lockout
Rear Window Defroster
Dual Body Color Folding Power Adjustable Heated Exterior Rearview Mirrors With 3-Position Memory
Rain Sensing Wipers



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Any one else turned on right now?

I dont often say this about white cars but that is pretty swish.

And to confirm that the days of the old generation 9-5 being the conservative top of Saabs range is over than check this out:


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Old Generation 9-5 may soon be built in China but it wont be a Saab :-(

Thats right, as more news comes to light and the speculation winds down it is now becoming known that BAIC's interests in ownership of Koenigsegg Group are getting deeper and in some peoples opinions darker.

It became obvious that BAIC were sniffing around looking for away to get into GM's technology because they really wanted Opel, and now since that deal fell over they want our dear Saab.

Saab has finally shown the old generation 9-5 where the door is and is introducing a smart new Sedan for the 2010 model year followed by the SportEstate (SportCombi in some markets) the following year.

The old 9-5 tooling has to go somewhere right? Either that or an old warehouse in Sweden or something, why not send it to China? Make some money out of it? SURE! That tooling has surely paid for itself by now so anything Saab make from BAIC using the tooling will be all profit.

BAIC get an extremly safe well proven car fast to production and Saab make some much needed cash to spend on its upcoming 9-4x, 9-5 SportEstate and NextGeneration 9-3 Family.


There have been recent talks around Saab discussion websites that BAIC's latest move in the Saab deal is to attempt to secure the tooling for the current Saab 9-3 when it comes offline in about half a decade from now.

It has been reported that the old generation 9-5 will recieve a new body design and probably a minimal design change on the interior and will bear the BAIC badge. It will not be affiliated to Saab's operations in China.

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Discussion Starter · #94 ·
A BAIC 9-5? Your kidding, right? And the 9-3?
Dear God, what is this world coming to?
And I thought you would like this. There is a racing game I an going to purchase soon and the sole Saab model is a 2008 9-3 Turbo X.

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A game with a Turbo X on it! Jesus must have created that game with his bare hands! (Was always a wise fellow). I will have to have a go at that game when youve got it.

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Important Announcement!

Dear readers of Saab in China thread,

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a new venture of mine. As of last night, a new website of mine was launched, New Zealand Saab.

New Zealand Saab is a website for owners and enthusiasts about the world of Saab and offer information about Saab products.

Features of the website include:

-Model Information

-History of Saab


-Owners Forum

-NZ and Global Saab news

-NZ Dealer Locater

-Interestng Saab photographs

-Saab ownership stories (send yours to [email protected] for publishing on the website.)

plus heaps more as I get the time.

Please go to

If you have any questions or comments please send me an email at [email protected]

Thankyou for your time,


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Thank you Rally Red Lancer GTS, it certainly will be a great source of information. Although it is not intended as a global news website for Saab like is, my website is more for the owners and enthusiasts to provide them with updated information on new and used Saab models. I also intend on setting up forums as well. I will post updates here on China Car Forums so you know whats happening.

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Hey, nzsaab, I just came upon another little design detail that's cool about the new 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero. Check out the wheel hubcenters. There's the tiny blue and red Saab colors in there. Only really small, so it doesn't deter from the overall look of silver-ish-ness that really looks hot to trot on this car, might I add.

To say I wasn't interested in this car would be oh-so-naughty.
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