Following its acquisition from General Motors by Spyker, Saab has been on the move with a number of notable projects:
- Introduction of the new 9-5 for 2011. Much of the development was done by GM prior to the transition. The results look promising.
- Saab recently signed Jason Castriota, formerly of Bertone and Pininfarina, as design director. Some of his works include the Ferrari 4/5 one-off and the Maserati GranTurismo.
- Beginning in 2012 BMW will be supplying turbocharged 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engines.
- The 9-3 will be updated for 2012, presumably with the BMW engine as one of the engine choices.
- There is a smaller 9-2 model now under development.
- And Saab also began researching a fully electric 9-3 project with a Swedish coalition, with batteries coming from Boston-Power. The EV is expected to reach the market mid-decade (2016).
With all of these changes, it looks like the venerable brand may have a future yet.
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