While Saab was saved on the last moment by the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden, Beijing Automobile has been quietly preparing to launch Beiqi-brand vehicles developed from Saab technologies it acquired in 2009.
According to insideline, the Chinese automaker that bought the vehicle platforms of the old Saab 9-3 and 9-5 models, will kick off production in November at its manufacturing base in Shunyi.
On the same time, the automaker plans to produce the Beiqi C60 sedan, which uses technology from the previous-generation Saab 9-3.
The intellectual property bought by Beiqi includes the rights to three overall vehicle platforms, Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 technologies, two engine technologies, and two transmission systems.
At that time, Saab was under GM control.
Commonly known by the name Beiqi or the acronym BAIC, it is thought of as the fifth-largest domestic Chinese automaker. Located in Beijing, Beiqi makes Hyundai and Mercedes-branded autos for sale on the Chinese market.