Key To Saab’s Future, The 9-X Biohybrid Returns To Home Away From Home

By Gunnar Heinrich

SAAB public relations man extraordinaire Jan Willem-Vester sent yours (and countless others, no doubt) a press release announcing that Saab is holding a really big party for owners and fans in its home away from home – Massachusetts – us New English really love our Saabs.

If you haven’t read ADL’s Turbo X Drive in Beantown this past Spring, do so here >

Saab’s Stage: Bostonian Spring

The Turbo X Spectacular! The Talk In Herb’s Garden

The Turbo X Spectacular! Part II: Lost (Briefly) In Beantown

The Turbo X Spectacular! Part III: Thrashing Saab’s Best

So from Sonnet to Viggen, every bit of Saab’s past will be on view in the town of Devens from tomorrow August 21st through Sunday, August 24th.

Flying over from Sweden to make this party is the very special – nay, crucial – 9-X Biohybrid concept: a svelte Swede that brings the Scandinavian anti-bling of Bang & Olufsen and must sell like Ikea.

The challenge is whether Saab can keep it real enough for the fans and cheap enough for the accountants. There’s been talk that the someday-production-car is already being downsized (but hopefully not downgraded) from the original show car that debuted last March (see the concept in our video here).

Fuel efficiency is the likely rationale, though flexibility of platform to match future Opels and Chevys is also probable. Which would be fine so long as the production version of the 9-X (aka 9-1X) looks, feels, and smells nothing like them whatsoever.

[Linked: Motor Trend]

August 20, 2008

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. It really is a beautiful car…if only they would bring it to market largely unmolested. Unfortunately, that is rarely the way.

  2. Yes, how true, Steane. We’ll have to hope for the best.

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