The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

Saab Highlights At 2011 Geneva Motor Show

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

GENEVA – February 25, 2011: Two world premieres, the launch of the new Saab 9-3 MY12 range, and the unveiling of a limited edition Convertible celebrating Saab’s first year of independence: the Saab stand at next week’s Geneva Motor Show will be packed with more news than ever before.

World Premiere: Concept for Future Saab Design
Taking centre stage is an exciting concept car showcasing design features and technologies to be seen in the next generation of products from Saab.

Conceived by a team under new Saab Design Director Jason Castriota, the concept’s sleek visual execution introduces styling themes drawn from Saab’s unique Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired design heritage. Cutting-edge technologies include all wheel drive with an electrically powered rear axle and a ground-breaking car communications platform using the AndroidTM operating system.

World Premiere: New Saab 9-5 SportWagon
Sharing the limelight, but no less important, the much awaited Saab 9-5 SportWagon also makes its world debut. This five-door partner for the new 9-5 Saloon will offer a compelling alternative choice in the large wagon segment and, in the UK, is expected to sell in even greater volumes than its four-door peer.

Launch of Saab 9-3 MY12 range
The 9-3 range is revitalised with the introduction of the 9-3 MY12 line-up, replacing current Saloon, SportWagon, Convertible and 9-3X specifications. It includes refreshed exterior and interior styling, backed by more powerful, fuel-efficient engines. The new petrol turbos feature direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and twin scroll turbocharger. Further fine tuning enables a remarkable 119 g/km CO2 and 62.8 mpg combined cycle fuel consumption for the SportWagon with 180 hp twin turbo diesel power.

Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition
Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by unveiling an exclusive 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition, of which just 366 examples will be produced of which only 80 will be available in the UK. Sharing the 9-3 MY12 enhancements and based on Aero specification, it has a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish, a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows, distinctive interior trim and comprehensive standard equipment.