Saab 9-1: Hybrid Opel Astra With Aero X Styling Cues?
GM's Swedish [in appearance only] division has decided it needs to take on the BMW-1 series and Audi A3 with a brand new model in 2010. Hoping to get a 9-1 with the Swede's slick AWD? Nej. Teknikensvarld.se reports the plan: compete with the German bad boys with a pair of hybrid engines stuffed into an Opel Astra with a Saab logo stuck on. True to their latest tune, GM has planned a conventional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, and of course Lithium-Ion batteries are also being suggested. No word yet as to how GM [may] have managed to get Lithium batteries to work when Toyota is still adopting a "wait and develop" strategy. Also no word on what the 9-1 looks like, other than the fact that it will take styling cues from the Saab Aero X (pictured). Let's just hope that styling cue thing works out a bit better than it did in the 9-2x and 9-7x.