By Colin Bird on July 5, 2011
Saab is working on three new car models to be named the Saab 9-1, 9-6x and 9-7, according to the automaker.
While the car company didn’t announce specifics, the company said in a statement that the 9-1 would be an entry-level car aimed at urban customers. We translate that to mean it will be small, perhaps the size of a Mini Cooper or Audi A3.
The Saab 9-6x would be an SUV or crossover because of the “x” nomenclature. A seven-passenger car-based crossover had been planned at one time. The 9-6x and 9-7 were referred to as the "key to enhancing the prestige of the Saab brand." The above photo shows most of Saab's current lineup, including the 9-3, 9-5, 9-4x and the PhoeniX concept.
The announcement is a part of a new joint venture with Chinese carmaker and retail distributor Youngman and Pang Du. Under the agreement, Saab is in charge of designing, testing and developing the above vehicles, while Youngman is responsible for funding.
Saab has had some difficulties funding its operations since the car company spun off from GM last year. The company hasn’t been able to produce cars since early April, according to Reuters. With new sources of funding, unrelated to this deal, the car company hopes to restart production sometime next week.