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Saab: Born in Sweden, sold in Boston

Posted by Bill Griffith  December 7, 2010 10:52 AM

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Boston remains the North American "heartland" of Saab sales. Saab North American president Mike Colleran was on hand at the show last Wednesday to unveil a 9-4X.

"This allows us to re-enter the crossover segment," he said.

2011-Saab-9-4-X-Boston-press.jpgSince becoming an independent car company again in February and launching the new 9-5 sedan in June, Saab has been busy. Colleran said production has been concentrated back in Sweden as the company tries to expand its 51-country reach.

"As a niche producer, we've entered into partnerships with BMW (gasoline engines), American Axle (to create e-AAM Driveline Systems for all electric vehicles), and Boston-Power (batteries)."

Saab is preparing a test fleet of 70 current 9-3 SportCombi wagons as all-electric vehicles named 9-3 ePower.

The car is powered by lithium-ion battery packs and is projected to have a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles).

Saab will have a SportCombi version of the 9-5 on sale in August and has hired former Bertone and Pininfarina designer Jason Castriota to oversee the creation of the next generation 9-3.

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