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: Geneva Motor Show 2004 Summary

9th March 2004, 07:25 PM
Fast-tracking fuels expansion at Saab

The Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept joins its 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible siblings at this year's Geneva show, previewing how the range will be extended as Saab continues the most intensive new product development program in its history.

The addition of a new Saab 9-3 Convertible to the widely-acclaimed 9-3 Sport Sedan line-up helped propel Saab to its second best-ever global sales performance last year. The 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept is a declaration of the Swedish car-maker's intent to enter the premium, mid-size wagon segment for the first time.

Just two months ago Saab exhibited its 9-2X all-wheel-drive drive sports compact model at the Detroit Auto Show, confirming start of sales in North America this summer. And next month (April), at the New York Auto Show, the Saab 9-7X SUV makes its public debut ahead of a launch in North America next year.

It's all part of the fastest, most comprehensive and most ambitious product development plan Saab has ever carried out. In addition to the 9-2X and 9-7X, this includes the 9-3 Convertible and the 9-3 Sport Sedan, as well as three concepts: the 9-3 Sport-Hatch, the 9-3X ‘cross-over coupé’ and the multi-dimensional 9X. All these products will have been shown within the space of 32 months.

Geneva highlights:

Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept, previews Saab entry into premium mid-size segment

Saab 9-3 Convertible now offers choice of 150, 175 or 210 bhp 2.0-liter turbo engines

Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan includes 122 bhp. 1.8 naturally-aspirated engine for new range entry point

Saab 9-5 sedan and wagon range includes sharper styling for Aero models and addition of 220 bhp turbo engine option in Linear, Arc and Vector variants.

More information, pictures and press kits here...