Well, yesterdays news conference at GM, in which there were reports that GM was finally going to sell Saab to the Dutch Sports Car maker Spyker, raised more questions than answers. No, there is no further word as to the fate of the once proud Swedish Brand. Yes, GM is still continuing to wind down its “Born from Jets” division. Oh, and by the way, Ed Whitacre is now going to accept the position of Chairman and CEO of General Motors on a more permanent basis. The news from GM, such as it were, fell short on expectations judging by the reaction of the media.
UPDATE: It looks like there will be an announcement on the sale of Saab to Spyker later this morning…. Stay Tuned!
However, according to our friends at Autoblog, there is some news about Saab that is quite remarkable. Buried within the production numbers that are released by the automakers, and reported in Crain’s Automotive News, there were some 2010 Saab 9-5 models produced. Even more eye opening, there were 49 Saab 9-4x Models produced for the week of January 23rd. For anyone following Saab’s product line, the upcoming 9-4x shares major components with the new Cadillac SRX, which itself is related to the Chevy Equinox. According to other sources, the SRX production was halted to produce these units. All this for a model that has yet to be introduced to the public, and was given up for dead, along with the rest of the brand.
So, is GM actually investing in product for a brand they are closing, or is there some other nefarious plot that the General has yet to unveil? Inquiring minds want to know.