As Saab struggles to cling to existence, a Swedish newspaper, Dagens Industri, has reported that GM is ‘seriously considering’ using the near-ready 9-5 model as its next Buick.
The 9-5 shares much of its development with the Opel Insignia, itself already used to underpin at least one Buick model, but in order to avoid overlap, the report suggests the 9-5 may present a more radical option for Buick buyers, and could possibly feature as the next LaCrosse, Regal or Excelle sedan.
With GM already treating Buick as a kind of testing ground for new designs, one of the most modern Saabs yet created could easily feel at home in the US if sold under the more familiar Buick nameplate. The move would also see the 9-5 finally achieve volume sales.
CarAdvice will keep you posted on any developments as they come to hand.