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Progressive Design and Enhanced Driver Appeal for New Saab 9-5 Range

Posted on 29. Aug, 2005 by .

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1200695 Progressive Design and Enhanced Driver Appeal for New Saab 9 5 Range

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2005-08-29

Progressive Design and Enhanced Driver Appeal for New Saab 9-5 Range

The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range, to be revealed at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, builds on the brand’s core values of progressive design and sporty driver involvement by incorporating new styling and improved handling characteristics.

It features all-new front bodywork, with a bold new ‘face’ inspired by the Saab 9X concept car, and a fresh look inside that includes an updated dashboard and interior trim.

Excellent chassis dynamics have been further refined to give the driver even closer control with faster, more direct responses for sportier handling characteristics. This has been achieved without compromising ride quality and refinement.

Under the hood, the new range also offers a unique triple fuel engine choice. The all-turbo line-up includes a new diesel engine, a Saab BioPower engine that can run on any mixture of ethanol (E85) fuel and gasoline, and increased power for the top-of-the-range Aero model.

Overall, the sportier visual impact of the new 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi is designed to reflect the enhancements under the bodywork, giving Saab’s flagship range an even stronger appeal for customers who value modern, progressive design and a rewarding driving experience.

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Saab 9-2X gets More Horsepower for 2006, Pricing Unchanged

Posted on 09. Aug, 2005 by .

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2005-08-09

Saab 9-2X gets More Horsepower for 2006, Pricing Unchanged

Detroit, Mich. — The all-wheel drive Saab 9-2X enters it second year of production with a more powerful engine in the Aero model, more horsepower and a new name for the base model, and simplified option packages. At the same time, MSRP’s for 2006 9-2X’s remain unchanged from 2005.

The 2006 9-2X Aero pays tribute to Saab’s signature torque heritage with a new 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder boxer engine that makes 230 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 235 lb. ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm (up from 227-hp/217 lb. ft. last year).

Seventeen-inch all-season tires will be available on the Aero. Sixteen-inch all-season rubber continues to be standard on both 2.5i and Aero models.

The former Linear model will now be called the 2.5i, reflecting the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. This naturally aspirated engine is now rated at 173-hp @ 6,000 rpm, up eight horsepower from last year. Peak torque is slightly adjusted to 166 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm.

9-2X MSRP’s remain unchanged in 2006 at $22,990 for the 2.5i and $26,950 for the Aero. Destination charges, however, will increase $25 to $720, bringing the prices to $23,710 and $27,670, respectively.

An available Leather Package includes leather appointed seats and door inserts on the Aero. The 2.5i also gets a leather steering wheel, gearshift knob, and hand brake boot. 2005’s Premium Package is deleted from both models.

The 9-2X Aero’s Sport Package is revised to include 17-inch wheels with all-season performance tread and xenon headlamps. The power moonroof on the Aero becomes a stand-alone option.

The 2006 9-2X Aero will be available in Midnight Black Mica, Arctic Silver Metallic and Brilliant Red.

The full-time all-wheel drive system, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and four-speed automatic/five speed manual transmissions remain unchanged for 2006.

The 9-2X is part of the most aggressive product development offensive in Saab’s 58-year history as an automaker. Also in 2005, Saab introduced its first-ever SUV, the 9-7X, and will launch the five-door 9-3 SportCombi and a refreshed 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi. All 2006 9-3 Aero models will feature a new 2.8L Turbo V6 that generates 250-hp and 258 lb. ft. of torque as standard equipment.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab USA is the importer and distributor of Saab 9-2X, 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles and the distributor of the 9-7X sport utility for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.saabusa.com.

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Saab Announces 2006 9-3 SportCombi Pricing

Posted on 04. Aug, 2005 by .

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1200641 Saab Announces 2006 9 3 SportCombi Pricing

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2005-08-04

Saab Announces 2006 9-3 SportCombi Pricing

Detroit , Mich. – Saab USA has released prices for the 2006 9-3 SportCombi 5-door, the newest member of Saab’s best-selling line-up of premium midsize cars. The 9-3 2.0T SportCombi will go on sale this autumn with a base MSRP of $27,620. The Aero model with the new 250-hp Turbo V6 starts at $33,620. Both prices include delivery charges.

The 9-3 SportCombi is an important extension of the 9-3 range, which currently includes the Sport Sedan and Convertible. Its 5-door body style pays tribute to highly regarded Saab hatchbacks of the past, in particular the Saab 99 Turbo “Combi Coupe.”

“The SportCombi enhances the 9-3 range with Saab trademark versatility and fresh styling that provides a distinct alternative to conventional 5-door designs,” said Jay Spenchian, Saab USA general manager. “It plays a very important role in Saab USA ’s strategy to grow sales and profitability.”

The 9-3 SportCombi’s base price is approximately $3,000 less than that of the Audi A4 2.0T Avant, a prime competitor.

Standard power behind the 9-3 Aero SportCombi is a new 2.8L V6 Turbo that generates 250-hp and 258 lb. ft. of torque. Aero customers can choose from a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional Sentronic six-speed automatic. The 2.0T comes with a standard five speed manual transmission and an optional five-speed Sentronic gearbox.

In addition to Saab’s signature styling cues like the rising beltline and hockey stick-shaped D-pillar, the 9-3 SportCombi features dramatic rear quarter styling and an integrated spoiler atop its steeply raked tailgate. It features a twin load floor cargo deck and 72 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Starting MSRP’s on all other 2006 9-3’s have been reduced as part of Saab’s “Total Value Promise” marketing strategy. Also for 2006, all former 9-3 Linear and Arc models have been “blended” into a single, well equipped, entry-level model, the 2.0T.

The starting MSRP for the 2006 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan is $26,620, a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Linear. On a comparably equipped basis, the 2.0T is priced $3,105 less than the car it replaces.

The starting price for the 2006 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan is $32,620, a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Aero. On a comparably equipped basis, the Aero is priced $3,170 less than the 2005 model.

Starting MSRP for the 2006 9-3 2.0T Convertible is $37,220, a decrease of $600 vs. the 2005 Linear Convertible. On a comparably equipped basis, the 2.0T is priced $3,580 less than the 2005 Linear.

The starting MSRP for the 9-3 Aero Convertible is $42,620, a decrease of $700 vs. the 2005 Aero Convertible. On a comparably equipped basis, the Aero is priced $2,920 less than the model it replaces.

Across the 9-3’s 2006 lineup, Saab’s turbocharged 210-hp 4-cyl. engine replaces the previous 175-hp unit as the base engine. Many features which were optional are now standard, including a power driver’s seat on the 2.0T Sport Sedan, in-dash 6-disc CD changer on the Aero Sport Sedan, leather appointed upholstery on the 2.0T Convertible and xenon headlamps on the Aero Convertible.

Saab’s 2006 9-3’s will roll into dealerships beginning in September 2005.

The following provides more details about Saab’s 2006 9-3 price and content changes.

9-3 SportCombi for 2006

2.0T SportCombi

The starting MSRP for the 2.0T SportCombi is $27,620 (incl. destination)

Standard Equipment

* The 2.0L, 210-hp engine is standard.
* A power driver’s seat is standard.
* Automatic Climate Control is standard.
* The LCD-screen infotainment audio head unit with 150 watts and seven speakers is standard.
* Body color-matched rocker panels and bumper extensions are standard.
* Body color-matched door handles are standard.
* Wood-effect interior trim is standard.
* 16” twin 5-spoke alloy wheel is standard.
* Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds is standard.
* Twin load floor is standard.
* Grocery bag net is standard

Aero SportCombi

The starting MSRP for the Aero SportCombi is $33,620 (incl. destination)

Standard Equipment: Follows that of the 9-3 Aero Sedan

* An all-new 2.8L, Turbo V6 engine with 250-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque is standard.
* 6-speed manual transmission is standard. A new 6-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available as an option
* New 5-spoke 7.5” x 17” alloy wheels are standard
* In-dash 6-disc CD changer is standard
* Xenon headlamps are standard
* A new sport steering wheel with metallic accents is standard
* Body color-matched door handles
* Twin load floor standard
* Grocery bag net is standard

9-3 Sport Sedan Changes for 2006

2.0T Sport Sedan

Price Changes:

* The starting MSRP of the 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan is $26,620 (incl. destination), a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Linear. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,105

* Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
* Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes

* “Blending” of the former Liner and Arc models into a new, entry-level 9-3 2.0T

* The 2.0L, 175-hp engine has been dropped and the 2.0L, 210-hp engine is now standard
* A power driver’s seat is now standard
* Automatic Climate Control is now standard
* The LCD-screen infotainment audio head unit with 150 watts and seven speakers is now standard
* Body color-matched rocker panels and bumper extensions
* Body color-matched door handles
* Wood-effect interior trim
* 16” twin 5-spoke alloy wheel
* Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds

Aero Sport Sedan

Price Changes:

* The starting MSRP of the 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan is $32,620 (incl. destination) a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Aero. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,170
* Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
* Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:

* An all-new 2.8L, turbocharged V6 engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque is now standard
* 6-speed manual transmission is standard. A new 6-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available as an option
* New 5-spoke 7.5” x 17” alloy wheels are standard
* In-dash 6-disc CD changer is now standard
* Xenon headlamps are now standard
* A new sport steering wheel with metallic accents is now standard
* Body color-matched door handles are standard

9-3 Convertible Changes for 2006

2.0T Convertible

Price Changes:

* The starting MSRP of the 2.0T Convertible is $37,220, a decrease of $600 vs. the 2005 Linear. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,580
* Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
* Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:

* “Blending” of the former Liner and Arc forms into a new, entry level 9-3 2.0T
* The 2.0L 175 hp engine has been dropped and the 2.0L 210 hp engine is now standard
* A power driver’s seat is now standard
* Leather-appointed upholstery is now standard
* The LCD-screen infotainment audio head unit with 150 watts and seven speakers is now standard
* Body color-matched rocker panels and bumper extensions are now standard
* Color-matched tonneau is now standard on all colors
* Body color-matched door handles are now standard
* Wood effect trim around the gear lever is now standard
* 16” twin 5-spoke alloy wheels
* Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds.

Aero Convertible

Price Change:

* The starting MSRP of the Aero Convertible is $42,620, a decrease of $700. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $2,920
* Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
* Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:

* An all-new 2.8L, Turbo V6 engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque is now standard
* 6-speed manual transmission returns on Aero models. A new 6-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available as an option
* New 5-spoke 7.5” x 17” alloy wheels are standard
* In-dash 6-disc CD changer is now standard
* Xenon headlamps are now standard
* A new sport steering wheel with metallic accents is now standard
* Color-matched tonneau is now standard on all colors
* Body color-matched door handles are now standard

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The Saab 9-6x Crossover Utility Vehicle

Posted on 01. Aug, 2005 by .

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saab9 6x The Saab 9 6x Crossover Utility Vehicle

saab 9 6x rear The Saab 9 6x Crossover Utility Vehicle

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The Saab 9-6X was a planned vehicle based on the Subaru B9 Tribeca Crossover Utility Vehicle.

The Product development of the Saab 9-6x was in the works just after the Subaru branded 9-2x was produced, beginning 2004.

The 9-6x product was cancelled as soon as General Motors sold all of their shares of Fuji-Heavy Industries in October of 2005.

There is very little known about this vehicle other than it was in the works and the photographs above were taken by someone high up on Saab Automobile’s management who had access the secret viewings of this work in progress.

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