This morning, Saab’s top brass held a meeting in New York outlining the automaker’s plans for the next few years. During the meeting, the Swedish automaker discussed future products, including a forthcoming luxury SUV and new 9-3 sedan.
We were intrigued by the announcement that Saab is preparing to launch a fleet of 100 electric vehicles based on the 9-3. The lot of EVs is scheduled to hit the streets in the first quarter of 2011, and will be dispersed globally. Although a Saab EV would be an exciting revelation, Saab said the fleet was simply for research and development purposes, and it will only build an EV for the masses when the timing is right.
In addition to launching the new 2011 9-5 sedan, Saab also spoke of its other future product plans. It will indeed launch its 9-4X crossover, based on the Cadillac SRX, next year, and plans to have a new 9-3 available for 2012. With these products, Saab’s lineup will be completely revamped in just two years. It hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a 92 heritage revival, but is focused on the aforementioned products. With the exception of the forthcoming 9-4X, all Saabs will be constructed at the company’s headquarters in Trollhattan, Sweden, and the first U.S. allotment of 9-5 sedans en route to the States will hit showrooms in the next few weeks.
Saab’s plant in Trollhattan is currently churning out 1000 units each week, but the automaker says it won’t be profitable until it can sell 85,000 cars annually. Next year, it plans to reach nearly 100,000 in sales and closer to 125,000 in 2012.