More detail about way forward for Saab Spyker
02/02/10 14:07 Filed in: News
The intention is that Spyker Cars NV will change its name to Saab Spyker Automobiles NV, with two separate operating companies – Spyker and Saab – focussed on their own particular markets and their own vehicle lines.
Saab Spyker has said it is committed to carry through the Saab business plan. But, the new owners believe they can actually enhance the plan in a number of ways. The Saab 9-4X which will be manufactured in Mexico
Saab will be a stand-alone niche car manufacturer and Saab Spyker plans for Saab to have three or four model lines:
- Saab 9-3 in sedan, hatchback, sports estate and X (four wheel drive) versions
- Saab 9-4X
- Saab 9-5 in sedan, sports estate and X versions
- Possible fourth model line of a Saab 9-1 smaller car.
The first of the new models will be the Saab 9-5 which will be launched early this summer. This will be followed by the new 9-4X early in 2011 and the all-new Saab 9-3 in 2012.
Saab Spyker see Saab being repositioned against other premium brands such as Audi and BMW.
The new owners believe that Saab’s Technical Development Center in Trollhättan has the capability to developing complete vehicles. They also say that Trollhättan is one of the most efficient mid-size car plants in Europe. Against that background they envisage production and sales volumes building back to recent pre-crisis levels of about 100,000 to 125,000 vehicles, including the 9-4X which will be built in Mexico.