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Article posted on http://www.vibilagare.se/and translation by Google:

It was 30 years ago epochal Saab 9000 was presented for the first time. We can now reveal that Saab could have had a state of the art family bus on the program shortly after the debut.

Saab could have had a state of the art, delicious family bus on the program shortly after the onset of 9000, 30 years ago. Secretly kept a small group on a spacious, seven-seater study, based on the car that hit the world: 9000 Turbo 16.

Here are the very first pictures on the innovative MPV model that surely would have meant significantly increased sales for Saab. The images appeared in connection with the Saab 9000 Turbo 16 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Saab Museum in Trollhattan recently. For the birthday party was a lot older Saab Employees were invited, among them the chief designer Björn Envall and 9000 project leader Gunnar Larsson.

Envall had with him a couple of pictures of the highly secret project and when Gunnar Larsson made ​​his recap of the 9000 model's genesis was shown two pictures of the Saab family bus for the first time.
- The images came as a godsend. I had some at home too but they were not of any quality at all. It felt great to serve a little surprise for the anniversary, says Gunnar Larsson.

What was the car? How did it do?
- We visited the American Sunroof Company, ASC repeatedly. They had helped us with the soft top and the redevelopment of the Saab 900 Convertible. Once we saw that the man was working on a family bus on Chrysler's so-called K-Car, it would later become the Chrysler Voyager that was one of the pioneers of body type. K-Car was really no fancy car basically but this development to family bus was smart.
- ASC was working on models for Ford and GM, too, but it was Chrysler that was first to market by the US producers.

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Gunnar Larsson took the impressions home and turned to Saab's head coach Dick Ohlsson and wondered if it was possible to do something similar with the actual 9000 model.
- Absolutely, he said, and so we put in the time. There was really nothing that was sanctioned by the management but we liked to get involved with projects slightly overshadowed, Gunnar Larsson.

A model scale of 1: 1 was taken up, with exciting lines, raised roof and seating for seven passengers. The bottom plate came from Saab 9000 but was extended. The engine was then transverse and space utilization effectively. Someone finished car was of course not, but a so-called mock-up where you could check the packaging of furnishings and components. Bjorn Envalls team built model.
- The windshield would be far forward and possibly become a problem and the seats at the back were well most suitable for short stature. But the idea was fresh and new, family coaches was really hot at this time.

The model was finished in May 1985 ie one year after the debut of the 9000 Turbo 16th
- to get to a finished car had probably been more difficult than we might have realized. It would of course have cost hundreds of millions extra to develop a completely new body variant, and just then there was of course the right of management to stop it all, by force sample to obtain 9000 Turbo 16th
- How to 30 years on it is of course easy to say that perhaps we should have gone on, but such is life. I would think that the whole little project took two months from start to model, not more. Today there is no trace left of what we did on the sly.

In We Bilägare number 15, published November 4, there is an article about the anniversary Saab 9000 Turbo 16, 30 years old this year.

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