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2010 SAAB 9-3x Cross Combi Debuts At New York Auto Show

Posted on 06. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

Saab Automobile USA’s Jan-Willem Vester has provided Saab History with a recent press release about the Saab 9-3x Cross-Combi debuting at the New York Auto Show this Thursday.

Here is the press release below:

NEW 2010 SAAB 9-3X: FROM TROLLHÄTTAN TO MANHATTAN

Latest in 9-3 Family Combines Advanced Cross-Wheel Drive With Fuel Efficiency

DETROIT – Saab will introduce the 2010 9-3X at the 2009 New York International Auto Show on April 8, a rugged all-rounder aimed at active individualists seeking an alternative to a large crossover or SUV. It is the vehicle’s North American debut, following its world premiere last month at the Geneva Auto Show.

Developed and manufactured at Saab’s headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden, the 9-3X is designed to stylishly transport outdoor enthusiasts to their adventures. It features distinctive looks; a versatile SportCombi body; higher stance; and advanced all-wheel-drive technology. On top of that, the 9-3X also offers fuel efficiency and functional storage without limits on the kinds of roads it can travel.

In the 9-3X, the acclaimed Saab Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system – which made its debut in the Turbo X limited edition model last year – will be combined with the fuel-efficient 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. The 9-3X embodies Saab’s “EcoPower” technology philosophy, which aims at combining a dynamic driving experience with an efficient use of resources to achieve responsible performance.

Distinctive appeal

Saab designers raised the chassis of the two-wheel-drive 9-3 SportCombi 1.4 inches (35 mm) and added automatic body-leveling so the 9-3X can handle a rugged driving terrain regardless of the load on the rear axle. It is designed for those who frequently travel gravel or unpaved roads, without compromising the driving experience on asphalt.
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New Saab 9-3X World Premiere at Geneva Motor Show

Posted on 11. Feb, 2009 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The Saab 9-3x or 9-3x Cross-Combi as I like to call it, is making its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and here are the press materials.

The Geneva Motor Show Launch will take place on March 2nd and 3rd, 2009.

For Release: February 11, 2009

New Saab 9-3X World Premiere at Geneva Motor Show

The Smart All-rounder for Outdoor Enthusiasts

DETROIT – At the Geneva motor show in March, Saab will introduce the 9-3X — a new addition to the 9-3 range, becoming available in the 2010 Model Year. The sporty 9-3X was designed for people with active lifestyles who don’t want a large Crossover or SUV.

The Saab 9-3X is a rugged all-round car designed to take active individualists to the start of their adventure. With distinctive looks, a versatile SportCombi body, higher stance and advanced all-wheel drive technology, the 9-3X offers fuel efficiency and functional storage without limiting the kinds of roads that need to be driven.

In the 9-3X, the acclaimed Saab Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system – which made its debut in the Turbo X limited edition model last year – will be combined with the fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Overall, the 9-3X embodies Saab’s “EcoPower” technology philosophy, which aims at combining a dynamic driving experience with an efficient use of resources to achieve responsible performance.

Distinctive Appeal
Saab designers raised the chassis of the two-wheel drive 9-3 SportCombi 35 mm (1.4 inches) higher, so the 9-3X can handle a rugged driving terrain. It is specifically designed for those who frequently hit gravel or unpaved roads, without compromising the driving experience on asphalt.

The Saab 9-3X is a car in tune with the less-is-more needs of today’s customers. “The 9-3X is an efficient all-rounder for anyone who doesn’t want or need an SUV- type vehicle,” says Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief. “Simply put, we are offering a trekking shoe that will do what’s required in more comfort and style than a heavier mountaineering boot.”
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2009 Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition Takes Off in Detroit

Posted on 23. Dec, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-5 “Griffin Edition” marks the final farewell at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to the Saab 9-5 that was first unveilved in 1997 as a 1998 model year.

Here is the press release below:

2009 Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition Takes Off in Detroit

DETROIT – In the luxurious 9-5 Griffin Edition, making its premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, Saab offers levels of premium standard equipment that are unprecedented in the 62-year history of the Swedish car brand.

As underlined by its U.S. advertising tagline, “Born From Jets,” Saab’s illustrious aircraft heritage is part of its design philosophy that runs throughout its range of automobiles. With the vigor of its turbocharged engine and agile road manners, the Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition resonates with its aircraft namesake, the Gripen (Swedish for Griffin) – the first of the new generation of multi-role combat aircraft to enter into active service, developed by Saab Aircraft AB in Sweden. Saab

“With the 9-5 Griffin Edition, Saab reaches a new altitude in terms of premium standard equipment and value,” said Steve Shannon, executive director, marketing and product, Saab Automobile USA.
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2009 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Named “Top 5 Wagon”

Posted on 11. Dec, 2008 by .

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The 2009 Saab 9-3 SportCombi has been named as the top 5 wagon according to the editors at NADAguides.com

Saab Automobile USA has taken this opportunity to use this material as their press release as you see below.

I think the 2009 9-3 SportCombi 2.0T will be a great car, although I have not had the chance to really test it on any ice or snow with the new cross-wheel drive system, so here’s hoping we get some good weather here in New England this winter.

Once some real ice & snow sets in after the beginning of the new year, I’m hoping to see this opportunity through

In the meantime, take a look at the press release below if you find yourself in the market. If you do find yourself in the market, get into a Saab dealership ASAP, preferably one of Saab History’s site sponsors to take advantage of the red tag sale prior to January 5th, 2009!

NADAguides.com honors Aero with “Cross-Wheel Drive”

2009 Saab 9-3 SportCombi Named “Top 5 Wagon”

DETROIT – The editors at NADAguides.com, a leading vehicle pricing and information website based in Costa Mesa, California, have named the Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi a “Top 5 Wagon”. An important contributor to the award was the availability of Saab’s “Cross-Wheel Drive” (XWD) system, new for the 2009 model year as standard equipment in the 9-3 Aero SportSedan and SportCombi and available on 2.0T models.

“When they say engineered from jets, they mean it,” said Don Christy, president and CEO of NADAguides.com. “The 2009 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi is a great looking wagon with a laundry list of standard equipment. In this category, this is something special.”

Developed in Sweden with Haldex of Stockholm, Saab’s “Cross-Wheel Drive” is a pre-emptive, active-on-demand system that is activated only when required, limiting the impact on fuel economy while giving the car a surefooted, dynamic feel that enthusiasts embrace. Saab’s Cross-Wheel Drive system is designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability in all driving conditions.

“True to its Scandinavian origins, Saab has built a large part of its reputation on excellent road manners under demanding driving conditions like rain, sleet and snow,” said Steve Shannon, executive director product and brand at Saab Automobile USA. “Our new Cross-Wheel Drive technology, which delivers unprecedented levels of driver involvement and dynamic chassis control, further illustrates Saab’s commitment to offering active safety in sporty, efficient and driver-focused vehicles.”
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2009 Saab 9-3 Model Lineup Continue IIHS Top Honors

Posted on 25. Nov, 2008 by .

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This press release recently received from Saab Automobile USA indicates that the 2009 Saab 9-3 model lineup which include the Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible, continue the IIHS top honors.

This is the 5th year running for these honors by the IIHS, and with these I suggest watching the actual crash test videos once again for your reference.

* Saab NG900, 9-3 & 9-3 Sport Sedan Crash Test Video Comparison -IIHS

* Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan Side Crash Test – IIHS

* Saab 9-3 Convertible Crash Test Video – IIHS

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Unique Safety Achievements in Luxury Segment

2009 Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible Keep IIHS Top Honors Secure

DETROIT — The entire 2009 Saab 9-3 family, including the 4-door Sport Sedan, 5-door SportCombi and 2-door Convertible has again earned the Top Safety Pick Award in the midsize category from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the 9-3 Sport Sedan has brought home IIHS top honors, a unique achievement in the luxury segment. For 2007 the 9-3 earned the Top Safety Pick Award, in 2006 the 9-3 earned the Top Safety Pick – Gold Award and received a Double Best Pick crash-test rating for 2005.
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9-X Air BioHybrid Concept World Premiere at Paris Show

Posted on 02. Oct, 2008 by .

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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 Extends XWD Cross-Wheel-Drive To 9-3 2.0T Models

Posted on 11. Sep, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile USA

This press release just in from Saab Automobile USA, is the third in a series that have been posted since this summer about the 2.0T models receiving the new haldex XWD Cross-Wheel Drive system.

Saab Automobile Includes XWD for 2.0 engines – July 23rd, 2008

Saab 9-3 XWD offered with greater fuel efficiency – July 13th, 2008

Following the test-drive of the XWD Turbo-X in Boston this past May, I am still looking forward to a real-life test drive of XWD on a 2.0T Saab 9-3 SportCombi and/ Cross-Combi, this winter here on an icy, snowy road en-route to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont to continue another test flight of the Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X Skis.

For Immediate Release — September 15, 2008

Model Year 2009 Portfolio Overview and Pricing

SAAB EXTENDS XWD CROSS-WHEEL-DRIVE TO 9-3 2.0T MODELS

DETROIT — Saab begins the 2009 model year with attractive news for those seeking a vehicle that combines the enhanced functionality of cross-wheel-drive technology, Scandinavian design and an engaging, turbocharged driving experience.

Saab broadens the appeal of its 9-3 range – it’s most popular – for 2009 with available XWD cross-wheel-drive technology on 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models and a new 2.0T “Sport” model. Cross-wheel drive availability started in the 2008 model year with the V-6-equipped 9-3 Aero and the limited-edition Turbo X Sport Sedan and SportCombi.

“True to its Scandinavian origins, Saab has built a large part of its reputation on excellent road manners under difficult driving conditions like rain, sleet and snow,” said Steve Shannon, Saab Automobile USA general manager. “Our new cross-wheel-drive technology, which delivers unprecedented levels of driver involvement and dynamic chassis control, further illustrates Saab’s commitment to offering active safety in sporty, efficient and driver-focused vehicles.”

Saab’s XWD cross-wheel-drive is a pre-emptive, active-on-demand system that is activated only when required, limiting the impact on fuel economy while giving the car a surefooted, dynamic feel that enthusiasts embrace. It is available on all 9-3 models except the Convertible, which has a different floorpan that does not accommodate additional rear-wheel-drive components. The Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD Sport Sedan and SportCombi will come standard with additional equipment such as a winter package, moonroof and automatic transmission, while a 6-speed manual is also available.
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