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

Posted on 06. Apr, 2009 by .



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:


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 .


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 .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

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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The History Of The Saab 9-7x (2004-2009)

Posted on 14. Oct, 2008 by .


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-7x history is now coming to an end or production this December, so it is about time to cover the model from the introduction to the recent plant closing.

The Strategy:

The 9-7x, Saab’s first SUV, was put into place in late 2004 as a 2005 model year due to Saab Automobile USA’s statistics of nearly 40% of their customer base who have left to go on and purchase SUVs. It was under the authority of Saab USA President, Debra-Kelly Ennis, who gave the go ahead for this vehicle to go into production in order to broaden the model portfolio and extend its reach into this growing segment.

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2008 Saab 9-3 Aero XWD : Edmunds Review

Posted on 12. Jul, 2007 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

This just arrived from a colleague in my inbox and here is what they had to say about this extremely positive review by Edmunds.

“America’s most influential Car-Consumer website has spoken”… This review originates from the first media drive event in Sweden, last month.

Source: Edmunds

2008 Saab 9-3 Aero XWD: Breaking With Tradition To Save It – Edmunds.Com

By Erin Riches, July 11 2007

Your first clue that something’s up on the 2008 Saab 9-3 sedan and SportCombi wagon will be the conspicuous lack of Saab’s traditional black body-side moldings. Your second clue is the new face inspired by the Aero X Concept.

To find your third clue, bend down on the ground and have a look underneath. Ya sure, that’s a rear differential.

Come January 2008, the 9-3 will apply power to all four wheels. And while it represents a break with tradition, the all-wheel-drive 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero XWD could save this brand from sales obscurity.

Only the Swedes Say It This Way

Saab says XWD should be pronounced “Cross-Wheel Drive.” It hardly rolls off the tongue, but this fourth-generation Haldex-engineered system breaks some new ground.

Like other electronically controlled, on-demand all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems, this one has its own computer that talks to not only the AWD system but also the stability control and the engine. The actual torque transfer between the front and rear wheels comes courtesy of fast-acting clutch plates.

At a steady cruising speed, more than 90 percent of engine power still goes to the front wheels. As soon as you dip into the throttle, the XWD brain starts fiddling with the power delivery and sending torque rearward to enhance traction. And in the corners, the XWD brain uses input from the stability control sensors to balance the car’s handling by varying power delivery to the rear wheels, and it also raises the threshold at which the stability system will intervene.

What makes Saab’s XWD most worthy of interest, however, is its optional rear limited-slip differential. Known as eLSD (electronic limited-slip differential), this clutch-type unit can distribute up to 40 percent of engine torque between the rear wheels. Since it uses both wheel speed and yaw sensors, eLSD can both improve traction on slippery roads and also help hold your line while cornering.

Together, XWD and eLSD will add $2,000 to the bottom line of the 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero sedan, raising its base price to about $35,000. The 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero SportCombi wagon will start at about $36,000 with the XWD option. Other 9-3s, including all convertibles, share the ’08 cosmetic changes but remain front-drive only. For 2009, however, the 9-3 2.0T sedan and wagon, which have a 210-hp turbo inline-4, will also get the XWD system.

Didn’t Saab Practically Invent the Turbo?

Every 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6, but the extra $2 grand that gets you XWD also buys you more power. Thanks to an increase in maximum boost pressure from 7.3 psi to 11.6 psi, the turbo helps produce 280 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque — increases of 30 hp and 37 lb-ft respectively.

This is a pretty nice engine, with an integrated intercooler, a twin-scroll turbocharger, a forged-steel crankshaft, sinter-forged connecting rods and exhaust manifolds with stainless-steel liners.

The front-wheel-drive Saab 9-3 Aero continues with the regular-strength version of the turbo V6, though it has been rerated 255 hp, an increase of 5 hp.

With either Aero, you have your choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Saab says a manual-shift 9-3 Aero XWD sedan will accelerate to 60 mph in the low 6-second range.

Entry-level 9-3 2.0T models have the same transmission options, though the automatic has just five forward gears. A sport mode is new for both five- and six-speed automatics in 2008, and it noticeably quickens downshifts.

No Snow in Sweden During Summer

There’s actually no snow in southern Sweden in the summertime, so Saab officials had to improvise. Our test loop at the Stora Holms test facility near Gothenburg was one part damp gravel trail, one part dry road course and one part wet autocross course.

This loop isn’t a WRC-caliber rally stage, but our manual-shift 9-3 Aero XWD SportCombi sucked us into the experience, permitting early and sustained doses of throttle. In a front-drive 9-3, such behavior would assure spectacular understeer and perhaps a trip into the brush. Therein lies the fun of XWD: If your eyes are up and the steering wheel is pointed in the right direction, you can get away with almost anything.

Aside from engineering a new rear subframe to carry the XWD components and revising the rear-wheel geometry, Saab hasn’t made any significant suspension changes for the ’08 9-3. Wheel and tire sizes haven’t changed either, as the Aero still wears 235/45R17 all-season rubber.

This could be a missed opportunity. The Saab 9-3 Aero XWD remains a relatively lightweight car at 3,288 pounds, only now it has sharp throttle response off idle, an easily adjustable cornering attitude and lots of grip. There’s a lot of potential for performance here, and we think Saab should take advantage of it.

All Quiet in the Swedish Countryside

We had a front-wheel-drive Aero sedan with an automatic transmission for the hour’s drive from Stora Holms to the fishing village of Lysekil. It took only minutes to reacquaint ourselves with everything we like about the current-gen 9-3 — the light but accurate steering, the quiet and composed ride (especially on ultrasmooth Swedish roads) and the supportive front seats.

Unfortunately, the 9-3’s mediocre interior materials continue to be a liability in a price bracket where the standards are set by Audi and BMW. On the equipment side, rain-sensing wipers, XM Satellite Radio and OnStar telematics are now standard across the board. Midway through the year, Saab will offer an upgraded, surround-sound Bose audio system. Adaptive bi-xenon headlights, capable of swiveling 15 degrees in either direction, are standard for all 9-3 Aeros.

XWD Is the Right Formula

Front-wheel-drive 2008 Saab 9-3 sedans and SportCombi wagons will arrive at U.S. dealers in September 2007, followed by the convertible in October or November. But if you want a car that’s really about driving, wait until the 9-3 with XWD arrives in January.

It goes beyond the grip and balance you get with any all-wheel-drive system. The 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero XWD engages your emotions when you’re at the wheel. It makes you care that it’s a Saab, something not just uniquely different but also uniquely good.

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Saab Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Posted on 27. Nov, 2006 by .


This just in from Saab Automobile.


For Immediate Release: November 28, 2006


LOS ANGELES – Saab, the Swedish-born automaker that got its wings from aviation, is celebrating its diamond anniversary in 2007 by introducing two special models that are sure to fly out of dealer showrooms – 60th Anniversary Editions of its 9-5 and 9-3 models.

Taking cues from its Scandinavian birthplace, the 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible, and the 9-5 Aero Sedan and SportCombi 60th Anniversary Editions, will be offered with unique content – a glittering Ice Blue metallic exterior finish; dazzling 17-inch alloy wheels; solid black leather sport seats with gray inserts and embossed with “SAAB”; exotic dark walnut interior trim; and not to be outdone underfoot, black floor mats with gray binding detail.

Additionally, the 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible 60th Anniversary Editions include premium audio that features XM Satellite Radio and a six-disc CD changer; dual-power front seats; and front fog lights. On the 9-5 Aero Sedan and SportCombi, the 60th Anniversary Editions include the Visibility Package, which consists of Saab Parking Assistance, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlamps and auto-dimming outside mirrors.

“We are looking forward to leading Saab’s 60-year anniversary celebration in the United States,” Saab USA General Manager Jay Spenchian said. “The 9-5 and 9-3 Anniversary Editions are a great way to mark the occasion, and they provide an excellent and a unique value to customers.

“On Aug. 23-26, 2007, Southeast Michigan will host the North American Saab Owners Convention, where we will continue the celebration.”

The 60th Anniversary Edition option will be available at Saab dealerships across the United States in early 2007. On the 9-3 Sport Sedan (MSRP: $26,915), SportCombi (MSRP: $27,915) and Convertible (MSRP: $37,515), the 60th Anniversary Edition option is offered for a modest $1,825, which is nearly $1,000 less than its MSRP value of $2,823. On the 9-5 Sedan (MSRP: $35,115) and SportCombi (MSRP: $36,115), the 60th Anniversary Edition option is offered for $1,595, with an actual MSRP value of $2,245.

Diamonds, in addition to being associated with timeless beauty and quality, and getting Marilyn Monroe’s famous endorsement as “a girl’s best friend,” are judged by the four Cs – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. Similarly, Saabs are judged by the four Es – Exciting, Entertaining, Engaging and Endearing.

Inspired by its aircraft heritage, the Saab 9-5 and 9-3 lines are high-performers. About 30 years ago, Saab revolutionized turbo technology and has been working toward perfection since. The 2007 line-up is the best yet. Turbocharging enhances the driving experience with rapid acceleration of miles per hour and heartbeats per minute – while yielding smile-enhancing fuel economy at the same time. Drivers of the 9-5 Aero risk contracting “perma-grin” after they attend the Saab Aero Academy, an exclusive two-day performance-driving program uniquely offered at no charge to customers who buy or lease a new Saab Aero model.

Entertaining: Who says the marriage of form and function cannot produce amusement? Certainly not Saab designers and engineers. A six-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio and premium Bose speakers enhance driving delight in the cabin. Even the integrated cup holder has entertainment potential as it disappears into the fascia and reappears with the push of a button.

Engaging: For many years, Saab automobiles have appealed to the intellectual set – and with good reason. Award-winning safety innovations, such as Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR) and side-impact protection systems, helped Saab stand out from the pack in its early years. Most recently, Saab has added the OnStar in-vehicle safety and security system; seven vehicle variants that produce an EPA-rated 30 mpg or better on the highway; an industry-leading five-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty; and no-charge maintenance.

For those who buy vehicles with their head as well as their heart, Saab offers great looks and equally great performance to match.

The driver controls and interior orientation are intuitively borne from Saab’s aircraft heritage. Building off that heritage, Saab automobiles use simple good sense and take advantage of every space to bring forward an efficiently packaged vehicle to consumers. It’s this efficiency that has endeared automotive pilots to the brand since 1947, and it continues to win over test pilots all around the country.

In 1946, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) faced a post-WWII economic shift driven by the military-industrial complex to the consumer-based market. Looking to diversify, the primarily military aircraft manufacturer gave 16 aircraft engineers licence to create the company’s first automobile. In 1947, the automotive division of Saab was born. The spirit of those engineers lives on today.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of the Saab 9-3, 9-5 and the 9-7X SUV for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2007 model year, Saab markets seven car variants that perform at an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway. Visit www.saabusa.com for more information.

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The New Saab 9-5 Range: More Style and Performance

Posted on 01. Nov, 2006 by .


Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Detroit, November, 2005

The New Saab 9-5 Range: More Style and Performance

Saab’s 2006 9-5 lineup continues to offer luxury, responsiveness and excellent value in the midsize performance car category.

For 2006, the 9-5 undergoes a thorough refresh that includes exterior sheet metal, enhancements to the chassis and powertrain and new instrumentation and “infotainment” systems. The Linear, Arc and Aero models will be merged in to a single model – the 2.3T – in sedan and wagon body styles. The SportWagon is now called the SportCombi.

The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is focused on enhancements across three key dimensions:

Progressive Design
· Bold styling and clean lines
– New hood, front and rear fascias, front and rear lamps, front fenders, tailgate and trunk lid
– Color-matched side moldings and door handles
– New grille with wing motif derived from Saab 9X concept car
– A preview of Saab’s future design direction

· Sportier stance, new light assemblies, color-keyed bumper moldings and trim
– Wider rear track and color-keyed exterior detailing enhances visual appeal
– New projector-style headlamp units and rear light clusters add a modern touch

· New ‘Black Room’ interior design concept
– All-black inner door trim, front fascia and carpeting
– Contrasting door inserts

· Enhanced, color coordinated interior décor
– Matching look for main instrument panel and door trims
– New black, burled wood-effect and metallic finishes
– New main instrument dials, sport steering wheels and infotainment control panels

· More powerful 2.3-liter engine
– Exclusive 2.3-liter turbo engine now delivers 260 bhp/191 kW
– Superboost function raises torque still higher, to 272 lb.-ft./370 Nm

Driver Appeal
· More responsive vehicle dynamics for sportier driving experience
– Re-tuned dampers, springs and anti-roll bars allow for crisper handling while maintaining excellent ride quality
– Improved body control and steering precision
– Available sport suspension
– New 235/45 R17 all-season tires and 17 x 7.5-inch wheels

· Class-leading safety
– Top ratings for 9-5 models in Swedish and US accident injury studies
– Comprehensive safety equipment including Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR)
– Stability control program, ESP® fitted as standard for all variants
– Saab ComSense dynamic workload management helps prevent driver distraction

· Additional content
– Both 9-5 models come with optional Sport Package (sport chassis, sport seats and metallic interior trim) and Visibility Package (xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and rear park assist)
– Standard XM Satellite Radio and MP3 compatibility

The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is designed to reinforce the brand’s core appeal among discerning customers who seek a distinctive product in keeping with their own, more self-expressive values. Typically, such customers are independent-minded professionals who prioritize good aesthetic and original design that offers strong styling, performance and safety. With an average annual household income exceeding $120,000, market research shows that the proportion of Saab 9-5 owners with a university education far exceeds the average for the segment.

The Saab 9-5 series has already established a strong, worldwide following and Saab expects the new range to attract more new customers to the brand. In Sweden, which has already established a supply infrastructure for E85 fuel, 45 per cent of all 9-5 customers are expected to opt for the performance and ecological benefits of the innovative 2.0t BioPower engine.

Revealing the new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Saab Automobile managing director Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson said: “We are delighted to open a new chapter in the continuing success story of our premium model range. The bold styling and technical innovations underline our brand’s appeal in offering sporty yet surprisingly practical products. The introduction of the BioPower engine, which improves both driving and environmental performance, is typical of what customers have come to expect from Saab.”

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