Saab Lives! As The BAIC C70

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

While Saab in Sweden is in the emergency room with wires and drips attached, Saab will be back from the dead at the Guangzhou Auto Show. This is when BAIC will show what they have produced from the Saab tooling that they had bought at fire-sale-prices when Saab had gone bust before.

According to Chinacartimes, Beijing’s BAIC will unleash the ghosts of Saab as the C70 sedan. No finished pictures are out, but Chinacartimes offers up some pretty good photoshopped impressions.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href=""> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href=""> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • Saab_lurker Saab_lurker on Nov 17, 2011

    I guess GM had no issue letting that technology go to China?

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    • Dreadnought Dreadnought on Nov 17, 2011

      @toplessFC3Sman So why didn't GM wait, instead of butchering Saab piecemeal, making any future sale of the whole company to the Chinese impossible. Seems as though Ford didn't have a problem with selling shared architecture in the form of Volvo to the Chinese.

  • CJinSD CJinSD on Nov 17, 2011

    It looks like a VW Eos sedan. Morbid curiousity had me follow Bertel's links to Saabsunited where I found the new Cadilyack XTS billed as a 9-5 sibling. Maybe Saab dealers should buy some XTSs and some Saab badges. Other than contractual issues, what would be the difference?

    • Saab_lurker Saab_lurker on Nov 17, 2011

      Good idea. Maybe Lexus dealers could do the same with Toyotas.

  • Calrson Fan Jeff - Agree with what you said. I think currently an EV pick-up could work in a commercial/fleet application. As someone on this site stated, w/current tech. battery vehicles just do not scale well. EBFlex - No one wanted to hate the Cyber Truck more than me but I can't ignore all the new technology and innovative thinking that went into it. There is a lot I like about it. GM, Ford & Ram should incorporate some it's design cues into their ICE trucks.
  • Michael S6 Very confusing if the move is permanent or temporary.
  • Jrhurren Worked in Detroit 18 years, live 20 minutes away. Ren Cen is a gem, but a very terrible design inside. I’m surprised GM stuck it out as long as they did there.
  • Carson D I thought that this was going to be a comparison of BFGoodrich's different truck tires.
  • Tassos Jong-iL North Korea is saving pokemon cards and amibos to buy GM in 10 years, we hope.