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    Dynatech is an engineering consulting company that was formed earlier this year after the bankruptcy of Saab Automobile. Two of the employees are Kenneth Bäcklund and Kjell Olofsson who were part of the Saab Performance Team.

    Shenbao is the new brand from BAIC (Beijing Auto) that was introduced earlier this year. The Shenbao D320 (formerly known as the BAIC C70) is based on technology of the first generation Saab 9-5. BAIC purchased technology and tools from Saab/GM in 2009.

    Below is information from DynaTech (auto-translated from Swedish):

    Former employees at Saab will be with and launches Chinese BAIC's version of the Saab 9-5. It's about car shows, where drivers such as driving on two wheels, and driver training. The company is called Dynatech and CEO Per Skoglund and Kenneth Bäcklund interviewed. Reporter: Victor Jensen, P4 West.
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 04:00 (News P4 West)

    - We will assist BAIC to launch their new car called Shenbao. It's a Saab derivatives to be launched in China in late February. There we run performance-shows, and even help with driver training for their customers, says Per Skoglund, CEO of Dynatech.

    The Chinese carmaker BAIC purchased the tools to produce Saab 9-5 by the previous owner General Motors in December 2009. now the company will start selling its version of the 9-5 under the name Shenbao, a name that has been used by Saab before.

    Shenbao can be translated as "gentleman's treasure". BAIC contacted Trollhätten company Dynatech, formed after Saab's bankruptcy, to initiate a collaboration.

    - I think it's because we are sprung from Saab-time and for that we are members of the Saab Performance Team in the firm, says Per Skoglund. cooperation has already borne fruit.

    - We've been there (in China) and test driven the car. It fits like a glove for running car shows, says Kenneth Backlund, one of the drivers. , the first show in the launch of the "China-Saab" takes place in February in Hong Kong and the car will primarily be sold in China.

    Kenneth Backlund has worked for many years with Saab performance team and will now have to run shows with the car. - A car show is really about showing the car's capabilities as a driver if you have the ability to understand the car's signals. How can you show them? - It is to do absolutely everything you can imagine with a car, for example, to drive on two wheels, says Bäcklund to P4 West.

    Some pictures of the BAIC Performance Team in action









    Comments 13 Comments
    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      Poor 9-5, the car looks so bland in that sheet metal.

      Hyundai-meets-Honda-meets-Lexus...
    1. Grif900's Avatar
      Grif900 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpiereck View Post
      Poor 9-5, the car looks so bland in that sheet metal.

      Hyundai-meets-Honda-meets-Lexus...
      ...........meets Frankenstien vs. the Mummy.
    1. Tweek's Turbos's Avatar
      Tweek's Turbos -
      I don't think demonstrating that sort of driving over there is a hot idea.
    1. Burnsside42's Avatar
      Burnsside42 -
      Interesting.... I wanna see more pictures of this bland car.
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      I think it looks much better than many cars from Asia. I would love to drive one and see how it compares tot he 9-5.

      I am seeing a little bit of BMW in the rear and 2002-05 9-5 Aero / Mercedes in the front. Dare I say it looks better than the 2006-09 9-5??













    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      I wouldn't mind having a "First Gen - Series 4" Saab 9-5 Aero in orange like this.

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    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      And I thought Belgians were heavy drinkers, not the Dutch...

      The car is too bland and takes styling clues from all major luxury brands, hence the "kinda like Benz" front end, and the "kinda like Bimmer" rear end. Put a Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, or Kia badge on the car and it would go unnoticed either way.

      Being better looking than the raccoon-eyes 06-09 9-5 isn't too hard.

      What's under the hood? Does it have an H-series engine with Trionic 7?
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpiereck View Post
      What's under the hood? Does it have an H-series engine with Trionic 7?
      Beijing Auto Shenbao D320 debuts at the Guangzhou Auto Show | CarNewsChina.com - China Auto News

      There will be three engines: a new 1.8 turbo with 174hp, a Saab 2.0 turbo with 206hp and a Saab 2.3 turbo tuned up to 246hp, all mated to a five-speed automatic.
      It makes sense for Saab Parts AB to provide engine and other parts for the Shenbao D320, no?
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      Are there really that many differences? Slap the 9-3 grille and headlights on the Shenbao and you have a good looking Saab. At least that's what the "First Gen Series 4" should have looked like. Heck, I would even buy one as a First-gen 2012 Saab 9-5. I bet they could sell one like that marketed as a Saab for $20K in the US.

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    1. rpiereck's Avatar
      rpiereck -
      Sure, but then it's a Saab, not a look-like-any-other-full-size-sedan-out-there.
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      Quote Originally Posted by rpiereck View Post
      What's under the hood? Does it have an H-series engine with Trionic 7?
      Sure looks like it. But is now called the BAIC T-power.

      Soon we'll need a Shenbao D320 Workshop forum for all those Chinese enthusiasts wanting to tune their cars.



    1. Abarth's Avatar
      Abarth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Frank Wulfers View Post
      Sure looks like it. But is now called the BAIC T-power.

      Soon we'll need a Shenbao D320 Workshop forum for all those Chinese enthusiasts wanting to tune their cars.



      LMAO!!!

      Tim
    1. Wulf's Avatar
      Wulf -
      Would love to drive a BAIC Saab D320 and see how it compares to the 9-5 I. Probably a bit more exciting than a NEVSSaab electric.





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