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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .


Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants
* 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms in April

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the U.S. market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

“This pricing action allows Saab to be in-line with the market and maintains accessibility of Saab’s rich Swedish heritage, innovation and responsible performance for our many loyal owners, enthusiasts and potential new customers,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.

Topping the list for 2010 is an all-new 9-3X premium cross-over model. Powered by Saab’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 9-3X offers sporty performance without the typical penalty of high fuel consumption. Add in the standard cross-wheel drive (XWD) with electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) and raised chassis, the 9-3X delivers an all-road driving experience you can take with you no matter where your road leads. The 9-3X starts at $37,800 MSRP.

The 9-3 Sport Sedan is available in two trim levels, 2.0T and Aero, and both can be specified with either front wheel drive or with Saab’s Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) system. Sport Sedan starting prices range from $29,725 MSRP for the 2.0T to $38,940 MSRP for the Aero model. Both cars offer a host of standard equipment with the Aero adding sport-focused features such as 17” alloy wheels, more aggressive front fascia, interior trim with two-tone leather seats, thicker sport steering wheel, a sport tuned chassis, and dual bright exhaust tailpipes. OnStar with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is available on 2.0T models and comes standard on the Aero. A Bose six-CD audio system and XM Satellite Radio are also standard Aero content. Memory driver seat and rear park assist are available on Aero models in the optional Premium Package.

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Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson Edition Launched In Germany

Posted on 17. Apr, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

Saab Automobile Germany is offering a special “Erik Carlsson” Edition of the Saab 9-3. This model is a truly to the rally legend’s recent 80th birthday.

Here is the press release loosely translated by Google:

Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson

* Special model for the 80th Birthday of the rally legend
* Modern technology and all-wheel turbo engine with 240 hp

Rüsselsheim. Two victories in the Saab 96 in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally and a hat trick in the RAC Rally in England, the Swede Erik Carlsson and rally legend made. Also known as “Carlsson on the Roof” the Saab ambassador celebrated his 80th Birthday in March. For the Swedish premium brand, it was reason enough with the special model Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson rally as a tribute to remember their traditions and rally successes. The Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson Saab presents itself as a typical combination of sportiness and safety – with a powerful 240 hp engine and the ultra-modern four-wheel drive XWD (Cross Wheel Drive) and electronic differential lock ELSD.

Sport-feeling – outside and inside

ecarlsson_version.jpgA doppelflutige exhaust system, a subtle, silver-colored front spoiler, a diffuser on the rear and standard 18-inch wheels give the Erik Carlsson Saab 9-3 a sporty appearance. Optional is a sports exhaust system, a sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior consists of sporty-elegant impression continued: door, cockpit and center console in Carbon Fairings optics contribute to the sporty character of the tactile quality of leather dashboard, hand brake and shifting.

Saab Drive – Power with Responsibility

eclogo.jpgThe heart of the new Saab 9-3 Erik Carlsson is the partner with Saab Hirsch Performance engine and developed the modern four-wheel Saab XWD technology. The two-liter turbo engine makes 240 hp and a torque of 350 Newton meters. That makes a sprint from stand to 100 in just 7.3 seconds, top speed is 245 km / h. Despite the impressive performance of the fuel consumption is only 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers.

The modern Saab XWD all-wheel system distributes the torque of the motor depending on the needs continuously between the front and rear axle and ensures optimal grip and stability in all situations.

An important part of the system is an electronically controlled torque distribution (TTD – Torque Transfer Device), the force is distributed between the axles. A valve increases or decreases the hydraulic pressure on the Nasskupplung inside the TTD is activated or deactivated, and so gradually the rear axle. The degree of slip is, how much the rear wheels are driven. The force distribution between the two axes can, in extreme cases by almost 100 percent vary. The electronic locking differential (ELSD) – also standard part of the special model – works on the same principle: It distributes the engine driving the rear axle in practice, also with close to 100 percent of the wheel, which has more grip.

The Saab 9-3 is Erik Carlsson as a sports sedan from 42,350 euros, the Sport Combi will cost 43,950 euros.

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Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan Crash in Cape Cod, Driver Okay

Posted on 10. Feb, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Cape Cod Online

This past weekend, a 2008 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan was involved in an accident in Kurt Vonnegut’s old neighborhood, Cape Cod, Massachusetts because a driver of a Chrysler Jeep Wranger ran a stop light.

No one was killed, thankfully, but I never miss hearing outcomes as mentioned below. The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan is the safest model ever according to the IIHS videos, and it shows!

The driver of the Saab was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.


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An Acceptable Review Of A Saab 9-3 Aero XWD SportCombi

Posted on 04. Feb, 2009 by .


I have recently read an acceptable review of a 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero XWD SportCombi. The journalist that did the review, peaked my initial interest with the following opener where I was throwing my hands up saying, yes finally someone with their head on straight.

“The end of the sport-utility era is upon us. It is now time to explore outside of the box and delve into the world of wagons.”

Already grinning, I continued reading and realized that this individual had some background when it came to the Saab product range over the years, but I was surprised about his shock and awe about the ignition being between the seats. I guess this person had more experience with Saab 9000s where the ignition was in the conventional location instead?

The journalist went on to say that the navigation system and the bluetooth systems were lacking, and I should add, this makes sense given they were clear after thoughts, even though the nav system was integrated whereas the bluetooth system was obviously not.

What I did like was, for a brief moment anyways, an actual mention of the XWD system onboard where it handled predictably in slush and snow. Of course, I really wanted more, because couldn’t that have been said in any auto review anytime, anywhere? Furthermore, where was the eLSD? That wasn’t even mentioned at all.

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New Saab Automobile USA 9-3 SportCombi TV Ad – 2009

Posted on 09. Jan, 2009 by .


Here is the third and final installment for the new Saab television ads from McCann-Erickson for the 9-3 range.
These tv ads began with the “recycle” spot back in the summer with the 9-3 convertible, then this fall the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan “Read The Road” XWD spots, and today the 9-3 SportCombi, complete with a Saab bicycle on the roof.
All three of these ads were filmed at Freezeout lake in Montana last summer The ad itself is merely the Saab driving in a nice location with some recognizable music, where is the creative here? I would have expected something a bit more impressive given its the first ad for the 9-3 SportCombi with McCann.
The ads only featured the 9-3 model range including the 9-3 Convertible, 9-3 Sport Sedan & 9-3 Sport Combi all in silver.

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General Motors Launches Saab 9-3 Range “Surprised?” Ad

Posted on 31. Dec, 2008 by .


General Motors Launches Saab 9-3 Range “Surprised” from a series of ads for the rest of their brands. The ad begins with the IIHS safety ratings about the Saab 9-3 range, then ends with a “surprised” question at the end, followed by a spliced in “red tag” event blurb which ends January 5th, 2009.
In General Motor’s attempt to sell their brand and make some cash in the process, they are working hard at eliminating inventory, but potentially at the expense of customers, who may be turned away by the association with GM. Remember the old saying “Guilty by Association”?
So, in answer to GM’s ad, I will answer their “surprised?” tagline. I am surprised how you bought a brand, then nearly 20 years later you decided to sell it because you finally had realized that you’ve exhausted it and now actually had to invest it. Furthermore, I am also surprised how you believe that today, after all of the ongoing negative press GM is associated with, you believe it is a good idea to associate a good brand like Saab with GM, and tell everyone about it too!
So yes, I am surprised of many things, but I should say I am no longer surprised by GM’s mismanagement of Saab as it’s par for the course. They have proven that they do not value investing in the Saab brand. Surprised? Not so much, if you spend the time and do your research.

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Saab 9-3 Convertible Production Graz Austria 2004 – 2009

Posted on 11. Dec, 2008 by .


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

In 2004, the current model of the Saab 9-3 Convertible has been produced by a company through a contract with Saab Automobile AB called Magna Steyr located in Graz, Austria.

Prior to this production taking place here, the convertible was historically produced from 1986 until 2003 at the Valmet plant in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The contact of the Saab 9-3 Convertible with Magna Steyr at the Graz, Austria facility ends at the end of 2009.

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The Saab 9-3 SportCombi : 2006 – Present

Posted on 05. Dec, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-3 Sport Combi was launched in 2005 in Trollhattan, Sweden as the 4 millionth car to be produced by Saab. The first model came as a 2006 Model year as a 5-door wagon, while adopting the “Combi” phrasing as a throwback to the Combi Coupe launch back in 1974.

The SportCombi was an addition to the 9-3 Sport Sedan model, but a design continuation of both the 9-3X Concept Car as well as the 9-3 Sport Hatch Concept designed by Einar Hareide, Taras Czorny, as well as Anthony Lo & Michael Mauer.

The Saab 9-3 SportCombi continues to be produced in Trollhattan, Sweden.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:


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