GM Car Czar Gives American Saab Some Sugar

Adrian Imonti
by Adrian Imonti
gm car czar gives american saab some sugar

Meet the new Saab, same as the old Saab. Or maybe not. In his online ego wall Fast Lane blog, GM Car Czar Maximum Bob Lutz gushes excitedly about his new favorite car company that's not Pontiac. In a not-so-subtle reference to Ford’s planned ejection of Volvo, Mr. Lutz begins by waxing lyrical about his decommissioned Czech fighter jet. The ex-Marine aviator then shares his newly found enthusiasm for That Other Swedish Automaker. You know, the precious “jewel in the GM crown” blessed with “driving dynamics” that “belongs in the GM family.” Tragicomically enough, Maxi Bob's favorite Swede is the 9-7X Aero, an American-made badge-engineered Chevy Trailblazer SUV holstering a 6.0-liter V-8. Maximum Bob’s beloved two-and-a-half-ton let’s-pretend-it-ain’t-no-Yank tank is the exact opposite of the quirky but crashworthy turbocharged four-cylinder front-drivers that once defined the Saab brand. With “family” like this, can abuse charges and foster care be far behind?

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  • Bfg9k Bfg9k on Aug 08, 2007
    Horrible torque steer in the 9-3? You must have driven a different 9-3 than I did (and Jonny Lieberman did and William C Montgomery did). Perhaps you meant 9-5? The 1st gen 9-3 (1999-2002) was based on an Opel chassis and did indeed suffer from some fair to bad torque steer. This is correctable with a $100 aftermarket steering rack brace. The current gen 9-3 (aka the 9-3SS) has virtually no torque steer. Is it at all surprising that Lutz is pumped over the biggest Saab with the biggest V8? Par for the course with that guy. Too bad he didn't choose to plug the upcoming 9-3 revision with its way cool AWD system.
  • Starlightmica Starlightmica on Aug 08, 2007

    If we're going to use the "Right Landing, Wrong Airport" analogy, I'm going to suggest this for the 9-7X Aero 6.0: supersonic controlled flight into terrain, several hundred miles off course.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Aug 08, 2007

    Isn't the Trailblazer an outdated crappy SUV platform, how is this NEW then if it's based on ancient technology. It's pretty obvious that GM now has zero money in Saab's development budget since they can't even badge engineer one of the newer designs. Why are they wasting money pumping out more iron for a dieing segment? Especially since no one shops at Saab looking for an SUV, I guess since all the Saab loyalists have gone on to anything but a Saab they have to try and trick new buyers.

  • AlphaWolf AlphaWolf on Aug 08, 2007

    They need to figure out what this brand stands for and then build cars for that segment. Re-badging everything is not fooling anyone.