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The Saab 9-3 SportCombi : 2006 – Present

Posted on 05. Dec, 2008 by .

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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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The Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch Concept – 2003

Posted on 16. Sep, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

In 2003, the Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch concept was unveilved to the public in Frankfurt, Germany a whole year after the Saab 9-3x Concept car debuted.

Although no videos were produced, there was a microsite as well as photographs.

This concept car was created so that, according to Saab chief designer at the time, Michael Mauer:

“Just as the 9-3X occupies a position where coupé meets off-roader, this car represents a cross-over point between hatchback and wagon,” says Mauer. “It is the sort of product that should come from Saab and our customers will be able to buy a car very much like this.”

It was anticipated that this model would lead to an all-wheel drive vehicle for Saab immediately following this launch, however an out-of-sequence production run of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi arrived in 2005.

For more information on the Saab 9-3 Sport Hatch concept, please visit the archive I have designated to it.

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