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GM owned a stake in Fuji Heavy Industries (then the identify of Subaru’s guardian company) on the time.

The 9-2X was a Subaru WRX with some inside upgrades. Funnily sufficient, it certified for GM’s beneficiant worker pricing and rebates on the time, so you possibly can typically get the 9-2X for much less than its Subaru equal. And it was nicer, too!

There have been different collaborations between GM and Saab. GM bought the Forester in India because the Chevrolet Forester.

There was additionally a stillborn crossover, the 9-6X. The 9-6X was alleged to be a Saab model of the Subaru B9 Tribeca, however was canceled on the eleventh hour, when GM bought its stake in Fuji Heavy Industries. Funnily sufficient, after the B9 Tribeca flopped (largely attributable to its controversial entrance finish), Subaru used among the 9-6X tooling to facelift it and rename it the Tribeca.

It took GM one other 4 or 5 years to launch an precise Saab midsize crossover, the 9-4X…which was a sister to the second-generation “Theta-Premium-platform” Cadillac SRX. However by that point, GM had bought Saab and was constructing Saabs underneath contract. In fact, fewer than 1,000 items of the 9-4X have been constructed earlier than Saab defaulted on its contract with GM, was now not capable of procure vehicles, and went underneath. Had the midsize Saab crossover come out just a little sooner, the model may need been saved. In all probability not, however maybe.

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