With all the focus on the current developments at NEVS, some recent news about the past would almost go unnoticed. First of all the fact that about a week ago, Spyker lost the appeal in a $3B law suit against General Motors. Secondly, a local court in The Netherlands ordered Spyker to vacate their facilities in Zeewolde today after having cancelled their contract as the lease hadn’t been paid for seven months. I visited their offices some time ago with my 9-4X, a truly amazing car that has been manufactured in late 2010 during the Spyker ownership of SAAB Automobile AB.
A real SAAB
Although the 9-4X shares many design features with the 9-5NG, it has a real distinctive own look and feel. Unfortunately only around 700 units were ever produced at the GM factory in Ramoz, Mexico; quite a difference from the about 20,000 units that were made of GM’s earlier SAAB SUV: the 9-7X.
I guess the fact that the 9-4X is rather outnumbered by the 9-7X and the fact that the 9-4X never got launched outside of the US, explains why the 9-4X too often gets confused with its older “brother”.
Having said that, the 9-4X also has a GM sibling: the Cadillac SRX. Despite commonalities, the 9-4X looks, drives and feels like a real SAAB and I am planning to write more about this in a future post.
Here in Sweden, the 9-4X is a real rare sight. Getting as many (or rather as few…) as three together in one location was almost impossible, but on 5 October the impossible actually became possible when I was joined in central Stockholm by two more family members in stunning Diamond Silver. Two 2.8T Aero’s with US specs and one –even more unique- 3.0i Premium with European specifications.
We turned out to be quite an attractive sight with passing cars slowing down to take pictures and several people inquiring whether we doing a photo shoot of “the new SAABs”. When we explained the actual situation, disappointment almost immediately was superseded by admiration and melancholy: “if only the 9-4X would have reached the market …”. History indeed, but continued!