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by Tim Beissmann

One week out from the General Meeting of Spyker shareholders, more information on the Dutch supercar maker’s plans for the future of Saab has come to light.

Operating under the Saab Spyker name, both brands will retain independent model lines, with Saab to continue as a niche, premium range.

Three models – 9-3, 9-4 and 9-5 – are all as good as production certainties.

The 9-5 (based on the same platform as General Motors’ Opel Insignia) is due to go on sale from mid-2010. The range will feature sedan, sports estate and X variants (similar to Volvo’s XC70) and is expected to compete against the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

The 9-4X crossover is scheduled to follow in early 2011 after its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. To be produced in Mexico, the 9-4X shares the Cadillac SRX’s Theta Premium architecture and will be sold in both European and North American markets.

The saviour could be the higher-volume 9-3, which will be all-new and “all-Saab” in 2012. Returning to its roots, Saab plans to offer the 9-3 as a hatchback again, as well as expanding the range with a sedan, sports estate, convertible and X model to rival Audi’s A4 and BMW’s 3 Series.

Also in the pipeline is the “9-1” small car, although a fourth model line does not currently fit into the Saab Spyker business plan.

Production from both Mexico and Trollhättan, Sweden, is expected to rise to pre-GFC levels of between 100,000 and 125,000 vehicles per year, with Spyker ambitiously anticipating a profit by 2012.