What's Wrong With This Picture: BAIC Designers Take A Saabatical Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture baic designers take a saabatical edition

Having acquired Saab’s old 9-3 and 9-5 platforms, Beijing Auto is wasting little time in putting the old Swedish warhorses back into action. In fact, if you cover the digitally-altered front end of this C71 concept, you’ll notice that it’s barely been changed. And that’s not all: at least one of BAIC’s two new SUV models seem to take more than a little inspiration from Jeep’s Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Rather than simply ripping off popular models as other Chinese automakers do, BAIC’s designers seem only to seek inspiration from their partner firms. The weird part: BAIC has signed a deal to sell new, “real” Saabs at its Chinese dealerships. The real deal and the cheap, outdated knockoff sold in the same dealership? Even by Chinese standards, that’s a bizarre strategy. [via ChinaCarTimes]

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  • Psarhjinian Psarhjinian on Apr 21, 2010

    Not only does it look better than the slab-sided, demented-Audi pillbox that is the new 9-5, it looks better than the Chrome Mascara re-do that GM inflicted on us in 2006.

  • ChuckR ChuckR on Apr 21, 2010

    +1 on the comments that this doesn't look bad at all. If progress is hard creased and scalloped sides and a slammed greenhouse, color me Luddite. Don't like the insectile lights, but many, many other cars look far worse than this one. I think eventually we'll look back on the cars of the last few and next few years with all the fondness we now reserve for the boxy bodied fake landau roofed excrescences of the 70's and 80's.

  • El Kevarino If you have an EV platform that supports dual motor AWD, then why choose FWD for the 2WD version?
  • Analoggrotto Try as they may and as they might but the future of Electric, the future of human reality is TESLA. Only the highest level of affluence, priviledge and wealth can earn one a place in the stars. In fact when you look at the night's sky do you notice that the stars are brighter? This is because of Supreme Wizard Elon Musk, who has brightened them with this awesome grace.
  • Dukeisduke Sixty-five miles of range added in ten minutes? Doesn't sound very impressive.Also, how are they going to build these in volume if GM is building Ultium packs by hand (which they have been, slowly)? Or are the packs coming from Korea?
  • Dave M. On one hand Honda tends to make a strong, competitive product that should give you years of excellent service. On the other hand it's built on the bones of a GM product, who has a tendency to underbake their products until right before cancellation. NUMMI worked out well for GM; I wonder if this will work out well for Honda....
  • RICHARD @mebgardner I have no issues with the way the car is configured. No offensive nannies.