Saab announces plans for three all-new models

Saab 9-4X - 11.17.2010
Saab 9-4X - 11.17.2010

9-1, 9-6, 9-7 slated for p production

Saab is teetering on the financial abyss, but the company has announced plans to develop three new models.

Revealed as part of Saab's agreement with Pang Da and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus, the ambitious plan calls for a 9-1, 9-6, and 9-7. Details are sparse but the 9-1 will be an entry-level model (previously known as the 9-2), while the 9-6 and 9-7 will be "prestige" vehicles. Saab will be responsible for all the engineering and design work, while Youngman will provide the "necessary financial investments."

According to Saab CEO Victor Muller, "This joint venture offers Saab Automobile the opportunity to develop models that were not envisaged nor funded in our original business plan: for instance, we will now be able to develop a small entry level Saab, a car that has long been on the top of our wish list."

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Saab

Swedish Automobile, Saab Automobile, Pang Da And Youngman Convert Non-Binding MoU On Equity Investment Into Binding Agreement And Agree On Additional New Product Joint Venture Subject To Regulatory Approvals

Trollhättan, Sweden: Swedish Automobile N.V. (SWAN) and Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) today announced the signing of final agreements with Pang Da Automobile Trade Co., Ltd. (Pang Da) and Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co., Ltd. (Youngman), thereby converting the non-binding memorandum of understanding relating to the equity investment of Pang Da and Youngman announced on 13 June 2011 into binding agreements subject to regulatory and other third party approvals. Moreover, Saab Automobile announces a conditional agreement with Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group Co., Ltd. (Youngman Passenger Car) on the formation of a Sweden-based joint venture company for the development of three new product Saab models (NPJV).

The non-binding MOU announced on 13 June 2011 between SWAN, Saab Automobile, Pang Da and Youngman in terms of which Pang Da and Youngman will make an equity investment in the total aggregate amount of EUR 245 million in SWAN have now been incorporated in binding agreements, while the parties continue working towards execution of binding agreements for a strategic alliance consisting of a tripartite distribution joint venture and a tripartite manufacturing joint venture for Saab-branded and child brand vehicles in China. The agreements are subject to approval from relevant authorities. The agreements allow for the return of Mr. Vladimir Antonov as a shareholder/financier of SWAN and Saab Automobile which the parties expect as soon as the parties at interest have cleared him.

The NPJV will be 50 percent owned by Saab Automobile and 50 percent by Youngman Passenger Car, and forms the foundation for an expansion of the Saab product portfolio with three models which until now did not form part of Saab Automobile's current and future product portfolio. As such the NPJV will focus on developing three completely new Saab vehicles: the Saab '9-1', Saab '9-6' and Saab '9-7'.

Within the development process of these three new vehicle lines, Saab Automobile will be responsible for controlling and managing the design, the development and testing process to the start of production and providing other necessary technical and quality control support. For this, Saab Automobile will source existing capabilities and expertise from its state-of-the-art technical development department in Trollhättan. Youngman Passenger Car will be responsible for providing the necessary financial investments in the joint venture.

The agreement on NPJV is also subject to approval from relevant authorities, which SWAN, Saab Automobile and Youngman Passenger Car hope to obtain timely. Victor Muller, CEO of SWAN and Saab Automobile said: "I am pleased to announce the signing of binding agreements (subject to obtaining regulatory approvals) with Pang Da and Youngman, as it underlines the confidence of all parties in a successful tripartite partnership. Establishing the New Product Joint Venture is a major step for both Saab Automobile and Youngman Passenger Car and marks the start of an exciting new partnership. This joint venture offers Saab Automobile the opportunity to develop models that were not envisaged nor funded in our original business plan: for instance, we will now be able to develop a small entry level Saab, a car that has long been on the top of our wish list."

Mr. Pang Qingnian, CEO of Youngman, added: "The agreement on the New Product Joint Venture brings together the best of both worlds, merging the industrial and financial strength of Youngman Passenger Car with the state-of-the-art technical expertise of Saab Automobile. The Saab '9-6X' and Saab '9-7' will be key to enhancing the prestige of the Saab brand to an even larger group of customers in China and the US, while the entry level Saab '9-1' will appeal to urban motorists around the globe."

Mr. Pang Qinghua, CEO of Pang Da, commented: "I am very happy to have signed binding agreements with our partners, which further feeds my confidence in a successful future for Saab Automobile. We were already impressed with Saab's current and planned product portfolio to date and with the addition of three new Saab models, the brand will be even better positioned to meet demand in markets around the world and China in particular."

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Comments (7)

RoadRunner RoadRunner
I would love to have that Saab 92 !!! Please produce it please !!!
Jul 5th, 2011 8:02pm
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Just put some new cars on the road please.. I wanna see Jason's designs on our streets
Jul 5th, 2011 7:25am
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I am a happy Saab owner but an even happier German car owner. Heck, I even have an American car which is better than my 93 so Saab better get it together fast with these new models if they want our attention.
Jul 5th, 2011 7:02am
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Interestingly positive development, let us hoped that the government authorities could implement it asap. I'm talking about Saab employees and suppliers future! Set aside political differences and realize the benefits of economic prosperity.
Jul 5th, 2011 4:54am
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Chicago225 Chicago225
Why announce 3 new models when you don't have money to produce the ones you make now?
Jul 5th, 2011 2:18am
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Microice Microice
Loved a Saab hatchback concept from some years back. Saad definitely needs something new on the market and 9-4x was a good start.
Jul 5th, 2011 1:04am
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will the 9-6 be like a cls and the 9-7 would be a s class competitor or completley different out of the ordinary as saabs are awsome
Jul 4th, 2011 11:45pm
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