There is a crazy rumor going around that if Saab were to be terminated, GM would rebadge the 2010 9-5 sedan, which as yet to see the light of day, as a Buick for the North American market. The source of this rumor is an article from Swedish business daily Dagen Industri in which an unnamed insider made the wild claim. We are left scratching our heads trying to understand where such a vehicle would fit in Buick’s lineup.
The article tell us that it will be slotted atop the upcoming 2011 Buick Regal, and that this is the most logical spot for the car. The problem is that Buick already has car in that spot, the LaCrosse! Two Buicks fighting for the exact same spot? We highly doubt that. There is also speculation that GM could use some of Saab’s parts and technology for other future products, including a possible revival of the Opel Senator for the European market.
But this is not to say we wouldn’t want to see the 2010 9-5 in North America, because we would (its a nice looking car). It’s just that it wouldn’t make too much sense for Buick to have two cars in the same segment. The New GM wouldn’t be able to Justify it. Quite frankly, we don’t want these rumors to be true because we want Saab to live.