08-07-04, 03:25 PM
posted today...I've been following the 9-2x threads and observations and this clearly is the direction many have foreseen.
More from the Saab Media website...
Saab and FHI continue partnership with new
“cross-over” vehicle alliance
Saab Automobile AB and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the Japanese auto manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, have agreed on collaboration for a new cross-over vehicle.
The project represents an expansion of the cooperation between Saab and FHI that was initiated last year with Saab vehicle sales through select Subaru dealer outlets in Japan, and was followed this year with the introduction of the Saab 9-2X premium sports compact in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
“We continue to see a working relationship between FHI and Saab as a very natural fit,” says Bob Lutz, GM's vice chairman for product development. “It makes sense for FHI and Saab to work together early in the development process to deliver their own distinct interpretations of a sporty and versatile ‘cross-over’ product.”
The new collaboration between Saab and FHI will integrate the development of a new Saab cross-over vehicle with FHI’s cross-over project for Subaru. Both vehicles will be produced at FHI’s U.S. manufacturing facility.
“We are pleased that our alliance with GM enables us to continue to work together with Saab,” said Kyoji Takenaka, president and CEO of FHI. “This collaboration provides many benefits such as economies of scale, higher joint volume for FHI’s U.S. manufacturing facility, etc. and most importantly, creates a win-win situation for both FHI and Saab.”
08-07-04, 07:35 PM
should be interesting. Im sure whatever this crossover is it will be a through product. Im failing to understand why evyerone is so worried about Saab going in the wrong direction? I think things will change for the better in the future, at least I hope so, so can everyone else. Subaru/F.H.I. is a great company, they make awesome cars and is headed in the same direction as Saab. Keep in mind that Volvo works w/ the worst of the worst, Ford. If you don't like Bob Lutz, dont' worry, he won't be around for much longer, his contract expires soon.