Though going through some financial troubles, Saab is determined to plow through, and come out a stronger company at the end of the hardships. During his speech at the New York auto show today, CEO Victor Mueller spoke about how the company is working on receiving liquid capital and continuing to produce models. Within the past year, it has already introduced three new models, and is planning to replace the oldest model in its lineup -- the 2011 9-3 -- in October of next year.
Leading the charge of new Saab is the PhoeniX concept that made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. The PhoeniX is the first car by new head designer Jason Castriotta and is supposed to preview both the look of future Saabs and the platform which will underpin the next 9-3. The concept is also equipped with a hybrid powertrain, with the rear wheels each powered by electric motors. While the PhoeniX looks a bit amorphous in pictures, seeing the car in person reveals the intricacy in the sinewy sheetmetal's curves and detailing. Equally impressive is the red and black interior with its square steering wheel and pod-like gauges.
The most recent new model to come from the Swedish automaker is the 2012 9-5 SportCombi. It made its wold premiere last month at the Geneva Motor Show, and the wagon variant of the 9-5 midsize sedan is long and low, with signature Saab styling details such as the wrap-around rear windshield.
Even though it may be struggling recently, that hasn’t let Saab stop celebrating. Making its North American debut is the 2012 9-3 Independence Edition Convertible. Only 366 units of the amber orange metallic drop-tops will be built -- one for each day of Saab’s first year as a stand-alone company. Unique carbon fiber-look trim and beige leather complete the package and will definitely make a statement.