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Saab goes to Mexico to make small SUV

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Saab goes to Mexico to make small SUV

James Franey

Automotive News

October 3, 2007 - 12:01 am ET

Saab will produce its 9-4X small SUV in North America starting in 2009, high-level General Motors sources say. The five-passenger car will be made at GM’s assembly plant in Ramos, Mexico, a supplier source said.

Saab has struggled to grow beyond its two-car lineup so its timely entry into a growing segment should help. The 9-4X will arrive at about the same time as small SUVs from other premium automakers.

The 9-4X’s vehicle platform will be developed using portions of GM’s Epsilon II and re-engineered Theta vehicle architectures.

That vehicle architecture is expected to be shared with the Cadillac BRX, a small SUV that will debut about the same time.

Saab’s last attempts to attract SUV buyers in North America failed. The 9-2X and the 9-7X debuted years after the SUV craze started. Additionally, they were essentially rebadged versions of models sold by other GM brands.

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