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Cloned Saab 9-3

By SYF77 on 23 Apr 2010

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These are the first pictures of BAW's (Beijing Auto Work) C60 sedan that was caught under wraps just a few hours before its world premiere at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show which runs from April 23 to 27. It's not hard to see the similarities between the C60 and the Saab 9-3 sedan.

However, before you utter the words "another shameless Chinese clone", BAW's parent company, BAIC, paid Saab's previous owner, General Motors, $200 million dollars late last year to acquire the intellectual rights for Saab's outgoing 9-5 and 9-3 models, as well as powertrain technology and tooling equipment.

Details remain sketchy on the C60 sedan but the Chinese media reports it will go on sale next year with a 1.8-liter petrol engine in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions. BAW will also reveal the Saab 9-5 (previous generation) based C71 mid-size sedan at the Beijing show.

China has successfully cloned DVDs, handbags, cars. Is human cloning next on the list? :D

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Saab 9-3, BAW, Beijing Motor Show

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Verve Apr 23 2010 06:42 PM
if they clone the engine too, i will buy this at the right price if available in sg
HOUSENUMBER Apr 23 2010 08:36 PM
the engine alone is not enuff when interior is falling apart
Ferraricalifornia Apr 24 2010 07:40 AM
definitely looks much better than the dull design by the swedish....
Ngsehchoon Apr 24 2010 03:55 PM
That's what I say CHINA anything also can.
Shull Apr 25 2010 01:51 PM
at least they bother the change the backside and not directly copy panel-to-panel(even though they got the rights)..but wait, why the backside looks similar to those from Audi?
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