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: Breaking News - New Saab 9-3 Convertible


keysman
3rd March 2003, 05:26 PM
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I don't know if I obtained this a little early or not but here is the Press Release... I will try to post the photos soon.


2003-03-03 World Première: New Saab 9-3 Convertible The new Saab 9-3 Convertible, unveiled today, March 4, at the Geneva Motor Show, brings a stylish, open top dimension to the exciting new 9-3 range and is the latest step in the biggest new product offensive in Saab’s history. Highlights include:

* Fun to drive appeal from acclaimed Sport Sedan chassis dynamics
* Distinctive, Scandinavian design with unique styling features
* Body structure three times stiffer than previous mode
* Advanced soft-top sets new performance standards for class
* Powertrain choice of 175 or 210 bhp lightweight turbo engines
* Easy rear passenger entry/exit
* ‘CargoSET’ automatic trunk expansion linked to soft-top
* ‘DynaCage’ rollover protection with pop-up- roll bars
* Integrated front seat-belts, SAHR, head/thorax side airbags
* ‘CargoWing’ – unique rear spoiler and ski/snowboard carrier
More than a Convertible The new Saab 9-3 Convertible’s innovative product features further develop the Saab concept that an open-top car should be ‘more than a Convertible’. In addition to its functional qualities, the new Convertible offers a greatly improved driving appeal through incorporating the widely-acclaimed chassis dynamics of the Sport Sedan. By combining such sporty and functional characteristics, it symbolises the core appeal of the Saab brand. Revealing the new car at the Geneva Motor Show, Peter Augustsson, Saab Automobile’s President and CEO says: “Saab is launching this Convertible from a position of strength, as we are already established as a market leader in the segment. This new model is well placed to open up new opportunities for us. “It will appeal to customers who refuse to make compromises in their choice of careers, family life or challenging leisure activities. These people want some freedom and excitement, as well as practical solutions. In other words, their choice of car must satisfy both emotional wants and rational needs. “In many ways, our Convertible’s appeal goes right to the heart of the Saab brand. It expresses our brand pillars – design, performance, control, safety and versatility – in a focused package. It is a sporty, yet surprisingly practical car.” The new 9-3 Convertible is, without doubt, the biggest advance Saab has made in 20 years of designing four seater, four season, soft tops and is poised to re-affirm Saab’s leading role in the premium convertible segment. Saab engineers developed the architecture for 9-3 Convertible and Sport Sedan in parallel and from the very outset were able to feed in their demanding requirements for an open-top car. The result is a premium Convertible with a level of structural integrity, build quality and running refinement that positions it at the very top of its class. The new 9-3 Convertible will be built in a dedicated new production facility at Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik, near Graz, Austria, and is expected to go on sale from August this year.

Simon
3rd March 2003, 06:44 PM
Some pictures....

http://www.saabturbo.com/saab/cv/NewCV/

keysman
3rd March 2003, 08:37 PM
Looks like Simon has the images covered, so there is no need for me to post any.

:)

SPG900
3rd March 2003, 08:56 PM
Never liked the 9-3ss much, but this is quite good. I guess what they're still lacking now is a 2dr version of the 9-3ss.

Abbott 900
4th March 2003, 05:06 AM
Not sure that I like the back end that much.

SPG900
4th March 2003, 05:16 AM
http://www.nysoc.com/

Some more there, in case you didn't know.

Simon
4th March 2003, 05:24 AM
http://www.saab.co.uk/microsites/93convertible/main.xml?market=GB&language=en

Simon.

Sparky
4th March 2003, 07:31 AM
It looks very like the previous 9-3 convertible to me.

Ken
4th March 2003, 02:30 PM
At last, a destinctive back end on an SS.
I love the front of all ss, presence.

Tone_Depear
4th March 2003, 04:04 PM
At last, a destinctive back end on an SS.
I love the front of all ss, presence.

By destinctive, do you mean 'pudgy'?

Simon
4th March 2003, 07:41 PM
More info....

http://www2.saabusa.com/convertible/?source=mar03saabi

Simon.

SPG900
4th March 2003, 08:16 PM
I guess what they're still lacking now is a 2dr version of the 9-3ss.

Ken
4th March 2003, 08:34 PM
At last, a destinctive back end on an SS.
I love the front of all ss, presence.

By destinctive, do you mean 'pudgy'?

:lol:

If the choice is looking like an Audi Conv. from the rear (who manage to cross the line from bland into 'pudgy/sophisticated') or the b'stard love child of the 90s Mondeo & VW Vento (Jetta for you US folks!) I take the lesser evil

Ken

Tone_Depear
5th March 2003, 03:40 AM
:lol:

If the choice is looking like an Audi Conv. from the rear (who manage to cross the line from bland into 'pudgy/sophisticated') or the b'stard love child of the 90s Mondeo & VW Vento (Jetta for you US folks!) I take the lesser evil

Ken

Yeah. I'd certainly take it over pretty much any other new car at the moment, But I'd rather just have an old one.

Simon
5th March 2003, 05:59 AM
You can download the Press release and Pictures here....

http://www.gmeurope.com/geneva2003/Nav04_doc_saab.html#

Simon.

mikej
5th March 2003, 06:03 AM
Look under the rear bumper of the picture SPG900 posted.


Yes duel exhaust pipes is this a photoshop pic or the first signs that the 300bhp is coming.

SPG900
5th March 2003, 06:59 AM
I'm pretty sure it's a (neatly done) photoshop pic. But yes, the dual exhaust is weird.

mikej
5th March 2003, 07:06 AM
Yea photoshop job as badge on left is wrong and the rear window is to long making the top of the boot to short.

Nice looking all the same.

Abbott 900
5th March 2003, 07:25 AM
It looks like the new Vauxhall Astra.

8valvegrowl
5th March 2003, 11:16 AM
A nicely done movie featuring the new convertible.

http://www.saab.co.uk/microsites/93convertible/shared_files/qt/saab_movie.mov

Munki
5th March 2003, 11:53 AM
A nicely done movie featuring the new convertible.

http://www.saab.co.uk/microsites/93convertible/shared_files/qt/saab_movie.mov
Very arty.. :!

SPG900
5th March 2003, 01:26 PM
Just wondering... the guy driving the new convertible in some of the pics looks like Michael Mauer. Is it him?