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General Motors is planning to build a small sports car based on the design previewed by the Saab Aero-X Concept, according to a report in the latest issue of AutoExpress magazine. According to the report, coupe and roadster versions will be offered, each aimed squarely at the 2007 Audi TT. Shown right is a scan of the magazine’s cover, showing an artist’s rendering of how such a car might look (we’re looking for a better image). The report describes the new car — due as a 2009 model — as the Aero-X distilled “distilled into a smaller, Audi TT-rivalling sports coupe.” The production coupe will even get a wraparound windscreen, the report says. We suspect, however, that this will involved painted black A-pillars, rather than a true wrap-around window. Of course, the production car will trade its canopy roof for standard side-opening doors.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/04/19/saa...udi-tt-fighter/

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And this will sell what, 2000-3000 units a year?

And GM can't decide whether it wants to produce another GTO because it "only" sells about 15k per year :rolleyes:

GM should sell Saab and make some more money.

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That rendering looks DAMN sexy, I just worry about Kappa becoming the next GMT-360 with so many rumoured variants in the pipeline.

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And this will sell what, 2000-3000 units a year?

And GM can't decide whether it wants to produce another GTO because it "only" sells about 15k per year :rolleyes:

GM should sell Saab and make some more money.

And the GTO sells almost half the volume of the entire Saab brand.

Doesn't the Monaro only sell about 3000 per year, and the GTO about 5 times that?

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And the GTO sells almost half the volume of the entire Saab brand.

Doesn't the Monaro only sell about 3000 per year, and the GTO about 5 times that?

Yes, the Monaro is very low volume. The GTO actually made the Monaro project profitable for Holden I believe.

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If there really is a Kappa Chevy Stingray in the works, I'd say halt all work on that and instead get this Saab to market ASAP.

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The GTO actually made the Monaro project profitable for Holden I believe.

No Monaro was profitable at 5K total volume. GTO made lots of money even if they didn't hit sales projections.

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excellent halo car for the SAAB brand.

it can do for SAAB what the solstice, sky, corvette do for their respective brands.

and after what Audi has done to the TT, stealing sales should be easy for the "sonnet/Areo-x/9-1x" etc

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GM should sell Saab and make some more money.

Northie, I know you're smarter than to actually mean that. I mean c'mon now...

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Yes, the Monaro is very low volume. The GTO actually made the Monaro project profitable for Holden I believe.

The GTO made it 'more' profitable, but Monaro was designed from the outset to be low volume and make a profit from the low Australian sales numbers, The unexpected exports were merely additional, and infact the profit margin for Holden was very low with all GTOs it built due to shipping costs etc and the need to price it competitively in the US.

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The GTO made it 'more' profitable, but Monaro was designed from the outset to be low volume and make a profit from the low Australian sales numbers, The unexpected exports were merely additional, and infact the profit margin for Holden was very low with all GTOs it built due to shipping costs etc and the need to price it competitively in the US.

Actually, from what I understand, the beancounters at Holden slipped up and initially the Monaro lost money but I would say this was recouped once the US volume was included. On the flip side it gave Holden huge exposure that no marketing campain could ever have achieved.

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Why would Saab get a car to compete with the Audi TT, when Cadillac needs one?

I usually think of caddy being far above Audi, when i think of Audi's competition the first to brands that come to mind are saab and volvo. I think Caddy has much bigger fish to fry than the TT

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Why would Saab get a car to compete with the Audi TT, when Cadillac needs one?

the TT is just a glorified FWD coupe on the Golf/Rabbit platform. Cadillac needs to aim higher.

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GM needs to figure out how to bring kappa to market in a four seat varient. There are only so many 2 seat cars one company can produce.

I'm sure they know how. Look at all the engineering they put into the Nomad and the Saturn concept, both 4 seaters. I am waiting to buy a Nomad. (Yes, may be an infinate wait).

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It would be cool if it became a real car, the Aero X was an awesome concept. It'll be wierd to see it srunk down though. If it is built, they should at least mae that cool instrument cluster real, and I'd say ffind a way to make the canopy work too

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the TT is just a glorified FWD coupe on the Golf/Rabbit platform.  Cadillac needs to aim higher.

Very true. Caddy needs to work on a true flagship to battle the S/LS/7/Q. Also, I'd love to see a coupe version of the CTS (for the 3 Coupe), or even a STS derived coupe (for the 6-Series). That's just me...

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excellent halo car for the SAAB brand.

it can do for SAAB what the solstice, sky, corvette do for their respective brands.

and after what Audi has done to the TT, stealing sales should be easy for the "sonnet/Areo-x/9-1x" etc

I agree 100%. Saab needs this. It'd help to elevate the whole Saab line. The interest in Saab that the Aero X generated demostrates that with the right product and the right focus, Saab can be a real winner.

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Kappa being the next GMT360 platform is fine with me, as long as GM does as good a job with differentiation as they have done with the SKY/Solstice and the Lambdas. A great platform can be used in many places, especially when it is a much a niche platform as this is. Completely different exterior panels, interiors and engine choices and Viola something new lol. All Saab's should be turbo'ed, start with the ecotec from the Cobalt SS, Use the one from the redline and do a 300 hp Aero :-> The Saab Sonnett Aero

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The transaction price for this SAAB would be far greater than anything Chevrolet, Pontiac, or Saturn could command. Looks like a good idea to me.

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