We've reported on the progress of a revived Saab 92, and it seems that Spyker CEO Victor Muller is finally close to reaching a decision whether to give it the green light.
The brand, which recently faced the threat of extinction under General Motors, was revived under the arm of Spyker Cars earlier this year. Now, Muller is eying an opportunity to create momentum for the brand that struggled to sell 40,000 cars in 2009.
He wants to bring back the Saab 92, a postwar coupe that sported a unique teardrop shape. Muller's plan for a revived 92 is to establish brand cache through the historic symbol of Saab high style. If produced, the 92 will be positioned in the premium luxury segment against tough, established competition, such as the Mini Cooper.
"The 92 has to be the most stunning-looking, the most ingenious and the most premium car," Muller said. "It has to undeniably be a Saab."
Muller expects to make a decision within several months. The Spyker-designed 92 would join the recently launched Saab 9-5, as well as Spyker-branded products -- Spyker's current network of 35 dealers sold only 36 cars last year -- in Saab dealerships, should economic and financial circumstances prove positive.
Watch this space for updates on Muller's final decision.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)