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Saab 9-X Air & 9-3 Convertible Debut At Boston Auto Show

Posted on 02. Dec, 2008 by .


The Saab 9-X Air Concept Car & 9-3 Convertible Special Edition debut at the Boston Auto Show beginning on December 4th through this weekend.

For Immediate Release – December 2, 2008

New England International Auto Show Debut this weekend

Saab Raises the Roof in Boston, Present and Future: 9-3 Convertible Special Edition and 9-X “Air” BioHybrid Convertible Concept

Boston — The first ever Saab Convertible made its world debut at the Frankfurt auto show in the fall of 1983. Now, 25 years later, a Special Edition of the Saab 9-3 Convertible in bright champagne metallic makes its debut in Boston at the New England International auto show, which opens to the public this Thursday, December 4 ( In addition, the futuristic 9-X “Air” BioHybrid Concept will also be featured at the Saab display in Boston. Well received at its world premiere in Paris earlier this fall, the 9-X Air is an innovative design study exploring what a next generation open-air Saab could look like.
Saab surprised the automotive world when it pioneered the concept of a ‘four season, four-seat’ soft top Convertible. Designed to be practical and stylish, the Scandinavian-styled convertible changed the perception of open top vehicles to be used all the year round.

“Saab has sold more than a quarter of a million convertibles worldwide and the latest edition of the 9-3 highlights the timeless design and responsible performance that Saab convertibles have always represented,” said Steve Shannon, executive director, marketing and product, Saab Automobile USA.

x09sb_n3049.jpgThe special edition Saab Convertible will be available in three metallic colors to include Jet Black, Carbon Grey and the new Bright Champagne. It features Saab’s signature 2.0-liter, 210 hp four cylinder engine and can be matched to six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions.
Special content includes influences from the Turbo X performance model, such as the design of the front bumper and steering wheel plus carbon fiber interior finishes and black floor mats with grey binding. Like the Aero version, the rear shows dual exhaust pipes and an anthracite grey bumper insert. Five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels will be standard.
Expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in January 2009, the Saab 9-3 2.0T Special Edition Convertible will be priced starting at $ 46,725 including destination charges.

1203531.jpgAs a hint where Saab might take its convertible in the future, the 9-X Air BioHybrid concept will also be featured at the New England International Auto Show in Boston. Well received at its world premiere in Paris last October, the 9-X Air is an innovative design study exploring what a next generation open-air Saab could look like.

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A Saab 9-X Air & Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Comparison

Posted on 07. Nov, 2008 by .



I was asking myself the other day, why is it that when I see a new 2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport, I think of Saab. Was it the all-wheel drive, was it the utility, was it the design or something else like the Saab 9-2x (Saabaru) that ran from 2004 until 2006? I decided to do another design comparison with photos to visualize if I was close to my idea in similiar design.

It finally hit me, that it was the design of the Subaru Impreza Outback Sport tail light cluster because it looks identical in form to the Saab 9-X Air Concept’s tail light cluster, even the proportions are right!

I thought Saab was focusing on their own design elements moving forward, let’s hope this is the last similiarity with other manufacturers we see again.

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The Saab 9-X Air Concept Promo Video

Posted on 01. Nov, 2008 by .


Saab Automobile has just released another promotional video of the Saab 9-X Air concept.
The video doesn’t really say anything, other than tell us that this is a convertible, hence the “canopy top” opening and closing.
No real news here other than there is no clear fact stating that this will ever be shown in a Saab dealership in near future.

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Saab 9-X Air Concept Promo Video From Paris Auto Show

Posted on 03. Oct, 2008 by .


Here is a promotional video recently produced featuring the Saab 9-X Air Concept that includes brief overviews by Saab Automobile AB’s, Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson as well as Saab Designer, Anthony Lo.

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Saab History’s European Correspondent Covers Paris Show

Posted on 03. Oct, 2008 by .


Saab History’s European correspondent, Etienne M. Morsa, has done it again by covering the 2008 Saab 9-X Air Concept World Premiere at the Paris Auto Show on October 2nd, 2008.

If you have been following his work, he began as a correspondent with Saab History this past March when he covered the predecessor to this concept car, the Saab 9-X BioHybrid in Geneva.

Evidently, his time at this auto show, even though the tone was much more subdued and there were no surprises, was overall pleasant. During his encounters with various Saab personell including Saab Automobile Sweden’s own, Saab Automobile Sweden’s own, Gunilla Gustavs, he heard that the end of 2009 will be an amazing time for Saab Automobile.

The other news is that there is “something” that will be taking place at both the Detroit Auto Show, as well as the Geneva Auto Show next year, as well as something about the new astra model being confirmed for Frankfurt Auto Show next fall.

I am very happy and thankful that Etienne had the chance to attend his second auto show this year as a correspondent for Saab History, your photos are incredible! I understand he had a good time and I quote “really enjoyed the BioPower breakfast complete with Swedish chocolates and the auto show as a whole”.

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9-X Air BioHybrid Concept World Premiere at Paris Show

Posted on 02. Oct, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The Saab 9-X Air, as previously mentioned, premiered at the Paris Auto Show today.

Here is the official press release:

Saab ‘Canopy Top’ Brings Breath of Fresh Air to Convertible Design

9-X Air BioHybrid Concept World Premiere at Paris Auto Show

Detroit – The 9-X Air Concept is a design vision exploring what a future open-air Saab could look like. It features a unique ‘Canopy Top’ – patent pending – and the close-coupled proportions of a sports car, as well as four-seat accommodation.

In breaking the mould of conventional convertible design, the bodywork of the 9-X Air incorporates prominent rear pillars which curve upwards to mount the flat folding Canopy Top. They also anchor a distinctive, wraparound glasshouse, including a separate, recessed rear screen.

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Saab Automobile’s Presence At the 2008 Paris Auto Show

Posted on 02. Oct, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Paris Auto Show

The 2008 Paris Auto Show Media Day begins on October 2nd and Saab Automobile will be showcasing their latest concept car, the Saab 9-X Air, during their “BioPower Breakfast” at 7:30am.

To learn more about the 2008 Paris Auto Show, click here.

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Mark Adams On The Saab 9-X Air Concept

Posted on 18. Sep, 2008 by .


Mark Adams, VP of GM Europe Design
shares his thoughts on the Saab 9-X Air Concept car in the test track behind the Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Mark Adams indicates that this vehicle “completes the series of brand design language”, which is interesting, so I guess this should be our last concept car moving forward and nothing but production vehicles from here on out? Time will tell, but I will certainly hold him to these words because every one of my sponsors tell me that they need new products in their showroom today!

Mark also refers to this vehicle as paying homage to the first Saab convertible that debuted in Frankfurt, Germany 25 years ago, and he was right, that was in 1983 with the Saab 900 Cabriolet prototype.

I would think that it would be absolutely necessary that Bob Sinclair be present at the Paris Auto Show to comment on this convertible as a reflective of his initiative in getting the Saab convertible off of the ground back then. I find this vehicle now more of a design milestone, given that this vehicle serves this historic purpose both paying respect to the past while also signaling future products.

What I am most excited about is that this, as Mark Adams indicated, is going to be the last concept car we will see in a long time, so here’s to product, product, product that will actually show up in dealerships around the world that customers can and want to buy!

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