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Saab have just announced the pricing for the SportCombi, which should start rolling into dealerships in September.

Saab USA has released prices for the 2006 9-3 SportCombi 5-door, the newest member of Saab's best-selling line-up of premium midsize cars. The 9-3 2.0T SportCombi will go on sale this autumn with a base MSRP of $27,620. The Aero model with the new 250-hp Turbo V6 starts at $33,620. Both prices include delivery charges.
They've also just released pricing changes for the rest of the 9-3 range, as well as adjusted trim levels and standard items. The Linear and Arc designations are gone in favour of a 9-3 Sport Sedan 2.0t designation (i.e. the base model).

The prices and revamped standard options are all here.

In short:

9-3 SS base - $26,620
9-3 SS Aero - $32,620
9-3 Conv 2.0t - $37,220
9-3 Conv Aero - $42,620
 

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WOW.

i've never heard of a manufacturer decreasing pricing and offering more features as standard equipment.

i've been driving the 2006 Passat for the past two days and I think that was a very smart move on Saabs part because the new Passat is a very very nice car
 

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I hope the slightly lower prices pose no negative impact to lower SAAB's image while other makers like VW, Audi, BMW are raising theirs.

And since one can in theory buy a new base 9-3SS for US$26,600, does this confirm the possible discontinuation of the 9-2X Aero (US$27,645) for '06 MY while only the 9-2X Linear (US$23,685) remain ? Unless both 9-2X prices will be lowered too ? :eek:

Just for comparisons sake (all in US $):

Audi
A3 - $25,460
A4 2.0T sedan/avant/cabrio - $28,070/$31,170/$36,470
A4 3.2 sedan/avant/cabrio - $36,120/$37,120/$43,020
S4 sedan/avant/cabrio - $46,820/$47,820/$54,670

BMW
325i sedan/Xi sportwagon/cabrio - $30,300/$34,600/$39,000
330i sedan/cabrio - $36,300/$44,600
 
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And since one can in theory buy a new base 9-3SS for US$26,600, does this confirm the possible discontinuation of the 9-2X Aero (US$27,645) for '06 MY while only the 9-2X Linear (US$23,685) remain ? Unless both 9-2X prices will be lowered too ? :eek:
Saab would be incredibly stupid not to lower the prices on the 9-2x for 2006. I bet they sold only a handful at sticker price, and we all know most of them were sold at about $8000 off. They should probably price the Linear closer to 20 grand, and the Aero (if there is one) about 25. That's were the Subaru models are, but most people cross-shopped the two anyway.
 

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From what I've read/heard & believe to be the case ... the lower prices listed here for the 9-3 are part of a GM corporate-wide initiative to lower MSRP & do away with constant big dollar incentive programs. Therefore, I'd say expect lower prices and/or more standard options across the board.
 

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From what I've read/heard & believe to be the case ... the lower prices listed here for the 9-3 are part of a GM corporate-wide initiative to lower MSRP & do away with constant big dollar incentive programs. Therefore, I'd say expect lower prices and/or more standard options across the board.
That's my understanding as well, though I wasn't sure if it was going to apply to Saabs. I guess it is. :D


Edit:

I just noticed on the Saab USA website, something called the Total Value Promise. http://www.saabusa.com

Interesting.
 

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Yep, I think all of the so-called American manufacturers are planning to lower their prices (or at least thinking about it). The new 2006 Ford Explorer is a BIG improvement over previous models, and depending on the configuration and options added, the MSRP is as much as $3000+ less than the 2005 model.
 
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