Next generation Saab 9-3 “unlikely” to use GM platform | Rpmgo.com



As you all know, Swedish carmaker Saab has been going through some tough times, but as fellow supercar maker Koenigsegg has officially bought it from GM, things are beginning to get a lot clearer about its future.

We’ve already revealed the future plans that the new owner has for Saab, as it will manufacture fewer cars, but more expensive, in an effort to take the brand upmarket. Now, according to an executive from Saab, it seems that the next generation of its main sedan, the 9-3, won’t be based on a GM platform.

For those of you unaware, the current 9-3, which received a facelift a few years ago, is based on a heavily modified version of the Epsilon platform from GM, outfitted with new suspension and various other subsystems, which made it more expensive to produce.

According to Saab Global Brand and Sales Operations Director Knut Simonsson, it is “more unlikely than likely” that the next 9-3 will be using an American platform. Don’t forget that the company is also preparing a special Koenigsegg edition of the current 9-3, after which a much needed revamp will be made to the whole lineup.

For fans of the Swedish manufacturer will still have to wait and see though, as the reconstruction process has just begun for Saab.

Source: Leftlane

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