|9/3/2008||2008 9-3 Convertible Yellow Edition||2010 9-3X||9/3/2010|
Image credits: © Saab. © Saab Automobile AB
2009 Saab 9-3 news, pictures, and information
2009 SAAB 9-3 RANGE expands XWD CROSS-WHEEL-DRIVE TECHNOLOGY to 2.0T Sedan AND SPORTCOMBI, MORE POWERFUL V-6 Engine on AERO MODELS AND NEW 2.0t ‘sPort' MODELFresh from the major exterior redesign it received for the 2008 model year, the Saab 9-3 range broadens its customer appeal for 2009 wîth available XWD cross-wheel-drive technology on 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models, a more powerful, 280-horsepower (209 kW) engine on all V-6 Aero models, and a new, available Aero-look exterior appearance package for 2.0T Sport models.
Other enhancements include interior trim, roof rail and wheel changes, as well as new, standard OnStar 8.0 hardware that enables Turn-by-Turn Navigation (available in late 2008) and Bluetooth hands-free calling capabilities.
For 2009, the Saab 9-3 range includes the 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3 SportCombi and 9-3 Convertible in 2.0T and Aero models. XWD technology is standard on Aero Sport Sedan and
Intelligent all-wheel drive
Originally available in the 2008 model year only on the V-6-equipped Turbo X or Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi models, Haldex Gen 4 XWD cross-wheel-drive technology brings additional functionality to four-cylinder 2.0T models while preserving the fun-to-drive attributes and Scandinavian sensibilities that characterize Saab vehicles.
9-3 2.0T models equipped wîth XWD technology (production begins in October 2008) are available wîth either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and feature a more comfort-focused chassis setting than V-6 Aero XWD models.
Saab's XWD cross-wheel-drive is a pre-emptive, active-on-demand system that is activated only when required, minimizing the impact on fuel economy while giving the car a sure-footed, dynamic feel that enthusiasts embrace. Developed in Sweden wîth Haldex of Stockholm, Saab's available XWD cross-wheel-drive system is designed to optimize vehicle handling and stability in all driving conditions.
This state-of-the-art, all-wheel-drive system includes two innovative features: pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels to optimize traction at take-off; and an electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD is standard on Aero XWD models and not available on 2.0T models) that allows variable torque transfer between the rear wheels.
The system is governed by its own electronic control unit, which functions wîth the engine, transmission and ABS/ESP control modules. The hardware consists of a Power Transfer Únit (PTÚ) in the front final-drive that transmits engine torque through a prop-shaft to the Rear Drive Module (RDM). This incorporates a Torque Transfer Device (TTD) and, on Aero models, an electronically controlled limited slip differential (eLSD). Both are wet, multi-plate clutch units manufactured by Haldex.
The eLSD is installed alongside the RDM and operates via pressurized clutch plates on a principle similar to the larger TTD. In icy or wet split-friction conditions, for example, it uses inputs from the rear wheel speed sensors and can transfer up to 40 percent of torque between the drive shafts, to whichever wheel has more grip.
The eLSD also gives the driver enhanced control when cornering hard or completing a high speed maneuver, such as a lane change, by momentarily applying more or less torque to either of the wheels to help the rear of the car more closely follow the direction of the front wheels. This yaw-damping effect can keep the car better balanced and more tightly controlled, without requiring outside intervention from electronic stability technology.
Progressive design wîth Scandinavian values
The 2009 9-3 range incorporates the award-winning, eye-catching design cues of the Aero X Concept, wîth a powerful front end including a larger grille, smaller side grilles and semi-overwrap-style hood.
The headlamp design wraps around to the flanks of the vehicle and accommodates the available Xenon cornering headlamps (standard on Aero), which adjust horizontally in conjunction wîth the vehicle's §teering for greater visibility. This distinctive headlamp design element, as well as the clean, monochromatic doors and bumpers, give the 9-3 a longer, sleeker, cleaner and faster look. For 2009, SportCombi models receive a sleeker roof rail design, while matte chrome finish roof rails are available on Aero SportCombi .
For 2009, Saab 9-3 'Sport' Sport Sedan buyers can choose an Aero-type appearance and performance package that includes dual bright-finish tailpipes, sport-bolstered seats, metallic interior decor, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned chassis and new, sportier-lòòking 17 by 7.5-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
XWD-equipped 9-3 models feature new, standard 17 by 7-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. The new, sportier 17 by 7.5-inch five-spoke alloy wheel is standard on the Aero FWD Convertible. Eighteen-inch wheels wîth performance-rated tires are available on Aero XWD models.
Carbon Grey Metallic and Glass Grey Metallic join the exterior color choices for 2009. Grey also is offered as an additional convertible top color choice.
The 9-3 interiors use premium materials and are generously equipped, wîth standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power driver's seat, front side window de-misters, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cooled and illuminated glove box, plush carpet floor mats and plenty of storage.
2.0T models are equipped wîth leather-appointed seats and wood-effect trim, while Aero models receive leather-appointed sport seats wîth two-tone upholstery. For 2009, Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi XWD models receive carbon-fiber interior trim inspired by the Turbo X model.
Turbocharged engine leadership
Saab has been recognized for its turbocharging technology leadership for more than 30 years. Two turbocharged engines are available on the 9-3 range, the 210-horsepower (157 kW) 2.0L inline four-cylinder (2.0T models), and the more powerful 2.8L V-6 turbo (Aero models), which delivers 280 horsepower (209 kW). The 2.8L V-6 also produces more torque, 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) for the FWD Aero Convertible and 295 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) for the XWD Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi.
Saab developed the 2.0L I-4 turbo to balance high fuel efficiency wîth high torque (221 lb.-ft / 300 Nm) for confident passing. Precise, highly sensitive throttle control, adaptive torque delivery and smooth power-on/power-off characteristics are benefits of its Trionic-8 engine-management system.
The 2.8L V-6 Turbo, named one of the '10 Best Engines' by Ward's AutoWorld Magazine in 2006, delivers excellent responsiveness through low-speed torque and high-rpm power as well as exceptional refinement. It features a technologically advanced 60-degree, dual overhead-cam architecture designed to produce power and excellent fuel economy to meet different needs in markets around the world.
All Saab 9-3 models can be equipped wîth a standard six-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) A five-speed automatic is available on 2.0T 9-3 FWD models and a six-speed automatic is available on Aero and 2.0T XWD models.
Safety is a Saab priority
|Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 210 hp
Torque: 221 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.8 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 280 hp
Torque: 273 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.8 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 295 hp
Torque: 273 ft-lbs
5-speed Automatic, 6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
The 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible earned the IIHS' Top Safety Pick Award – one of two convertibles and the only soft-top convertible to earn a top spot.
Saab 9-3's long list of standard safety and security features includes:
• Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR) in the front seats
• Pendulum B-pillar side-impact structure
• OnStar 8.0 (includes Turn-by-Turn Navigation (available in late 2008), Bluetooth hands-free calling, automatic air bag notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency services, AccidentAssist, roadside assistance and remote door unlock)
• Anti-lock brakes and traction control
• Electronic Stability Program
• Adaptive driver and front passenger air bags
• Head/torso side-impact air bags in the front seats (Convertible)
• Torso side-impact air bags in the front seats
• Front seat safety belt pretensioners and load-limiters
• Halo remote lighting feature
• Tire pressure monitoring system
• Headlamps wîth delay ('follow-me-home') feature
• Premium audio
The top-of-the-line Bose Centerpoint surround sound system complements Saab's turbocharged driving experience. Bose engineers worked wîth Saab designers to develop the system, using special design and analysis tools to take more than a thousand measurements inside the vehicle to assess the acoustic environment of the cabin.
While surround sound typically requires specially engineered recordings, the Centerpoint signal processing circuitry is based on the surround decoding technology in Bose home theater systems. As a result, Saab owners receive five independent audio channels of surround sound experience from their existing CD collection or any other digital music source.
The Bose Centerpoint surround sound system is standard on the Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi, and available on the 2.0T models. Standard on 2.0T Sedan and Convertible models is a 150-watt premium audio system wîth seven speakers, CD player and MP3-compatible auxiliary input jack; a 300-watt premium audio system wîth 10 speakers is available on the Convertible.
XM Satellite Radio is also standard, and comes wîth a three-month free trial.
Topping the list of Saab owner benefits is Saab's four-year/50,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper New Car Warranty including courtesy transportation and roadside assistance; no-charge scheduled maintenance for three years/36,000 miles.
Beginning in the '99 model year the car was badged as 93 at a time when Saab was revising their naming strategy of their small car to mimic that of the larger 95. Pronounced as 'nine three', Saab consistently advertises it as 9-3. The 9-3 is not to be confused with the Saab 93, produced from 1955 until 1960, this model was pronounced 'ninety three'.
Introduced in 1998 as basically a rebadged Saab 900 (94-98 model), the Saab Classic 9-3 only had a few slight updates, which distinguished it from its predecessor. A redesigned grille and the third 'high-level' brake light from the trunk ridge to the top of the rear screen were the main changes. This brake light made the car much safer since it improved the visibility for following cars. A compact executive car, the 9-3 shares its GM Epsilon platform with the Opel Vectra and the Cadillac BLS. The BLS was made on the same assembly line in Sweden up until 2009. Magna Steyr produced the convertible version of the 9-3 in Austria until 2010 when production was relocated to Trollhattan. Today the 9-3 is currently the entry-level model for Saab.
Claiming that 1,100 changes were made since the Saab 900, the first generation 9-3 was debuted in 98 with also a revised suspension in an effort to tighten up the handling features of its predecessor, the 900. The 9-3 showcased much smoother styling with even a few models featuring a black rear spoiler and the loss of Saab's trademark centrally mounted 'snow flap'. Enthusiasts could purchase the 9-3 as a three or five-door hatchback or as a two-door convertible.
This was also the final small Saab to utilize the company's H engine. Big updates since the last model included much improved ride and handling and majorly improved crash-worthiness with standard side impact airbags that came with head protection and active headrests. This first generation was produced until 2008 and along with the Saab 9-5 and the Volvo S70, the 9-3 was the first cars in the entire world to earn the maximum score in a side impact augmented by a pole test based on Euro NCAP testing. The 9-3 continued the Saab safety tradition of performing a Moose Test.
The Saab 9-3 was offered with a new variant of the B204 engine which was a low-pressure turbo (LPT) engine that was based on the B204L which was used in the last generation Saab 900. 9-3s were all turbocharged petrol engines for the US market with the 'full pressure turbo' as the standard option and a 'HOT' variant was featured in the SE models for the 1999 model year.
For 2000, the 9-3 went from SAAB's Trionic 5 to Trionic 7 engine management system. This first generation model was also the first Saab that was offered with a diesel engine, which was also found in the Opel Vectra, Astra G, Signum, Safira A. The innovative Night Panel was brought over from the Saab 900, which was a unique feature that permitted dousing of the instrument panel lighting, except for the important info so it caused less distraction when driving at night. 326,370 first generation 9-3s were produced.
The 'Viggen' or 'Thunderbolt' version was a high-powered version of the Saab 9-3 that got its name from the Saab 37 Viggen aircraft. Production lasted until 2002. The Viggen was rolled out with a turbocharged 2.3 L engine, giving 225 bhp, and eventually 230 bhp on 1.4 bar of boost from its Mitsubishi TD04-HL 15-5 turbocharger. With a top speed of 160 mph the fast Viggen could achieve 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds. Numerous modifications were made to the Viggen to handle the performance and high power and included higher performance tuned ECU, higher capacity intercooler, heavy duty clutch and pressure plate, larger flow-through exhaust system, firmer dampers, stiffened and lowered springs and stronger CV joins and drive-shafts. The maximum torque was electronically limited to enable the front wheels to cope with the amount of torque available. 4600 Viggens were produced with only 500 units produced for the UK market.
The Viggen was the original 9-3 to utilize Saab's Trionic 7 engine management system in 1999, which processed 2 million calculations ever second. It analyzed combustion temperature, boost control, variable torque curves and numerous other critical engine processes. 2001 brought with it a Traction Control System (TCS) to the Saab Viggen. The car featured a unique rear wing, which increased the downforce by 50% that required the radio antenna being moved to a new spot. Besides featuring extra power and torque the Viggen had aerodynamically designed bumpers and side skirts reducing the drag coefficient by 8%. It also came with specially bolstered and colored leather seats available in four different colors: charcoal, deep blue, flame ochre and tan with tan inserts. Along with the festive seats the Viggen featured sportier suspensions, upgraded brakes, larger wheels and other upgraded parts.
Only offered with a five-speed manual transmission, the Viggen featured a CD player, power moonroof and original Viggen-specific motorized and heated leather seats that featured the Viggen delta logo embossed in the backrest. Eventually these seats were available in the Aero model but without the Viggen logo. From its debut until the middle of the '01 model year several colors featured carbon-fiber interior trim, when Saab substituted a cheaper printed gray pattern for the dash, and standard trim for everything else.
If you purchased a new Viggen you received the start treatment that included two days of advanced driving instructions to Road Atlanta as well as a dinner with Saab USE execs from Norcross, Georgia. This program was called Viggen Flight Academy, operated by Saab and Panoz and was eventually converted into the current SAAB Aero Academy.
Besides the diesel engines, the first generation Saab 9-3 engines were versions of the Saab H engine. The first generation 9-3 was the final (besides the Saab 9-5) to use the all Saab engine design. All variations of this engine featured a DOHC 16-valve design with Saab's Saab Direct Ignition. All of the turbocharged engines used Saab's Trionic engine management system, which worked directly with the Direct Ignition's IDM module. In the ten years that GM controlled Saab the subsequent two technologies were migrated into other GM products. Other than the low-pressure turbo and the normally aspirated version, all of the engines had high specific power outputs. The B205R produced 102.5 horsepower per liter, which surpassed the specific output of the 32-valve V8 engine in an Audi RS4, which produced 100 hp. Only 10 lb/ft of torque less than an E46 BMW M3, the B235R from the Viggen produced 252 lb/ft of torque. While producing first-rate fuel economy and low emissions the Saab's 'EcoPower' philosophy incorporated high power and torque output when it was needed.
The second generation Saab 9-3 was introduced in 2002 at the North American International Auto Show and ran until 2012. Continuing to be a front-wheel drive car, like all Saabs, the new 9-3 was offered as a four-door sedan, a wagon, and a two-door convertible. The biggest update this generation was the deletion of the hatchback. This newest generation came with a variety of new safety features that include d the innovative Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR II), which reduced whiplash, and ReAxs, a passive rear wheel steering design and passive toe-in, which helped reduce understeer under heavy braking.
The new generation featured a brand new 2.0L straight-4 engine Family II Ecotec engine from the GM for the gas-powered models instead of the EcoPower engine. The turbocharged I4 came in three different versions with the amount of turbo boost being determined by the power output. Standard in the non-US market Linear trim-level form was the 150 hp version alled 1.8t. The 2.0t 175 horsepower version was standard in the U.S. market Linera or non-U.S. market Vector form, joined with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed 'Sentronic', which is a traditional automatic. SAAB'S earlier 'Sensonic' was different from this and was a manual transmission that allowed for shifting without a clutch pedal. The B207R engine 201 hp 2.0T was offered in both the Vector and Art forms. The automatic transmission was available, though the Vector received paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The manual transmission was a 6-speed in 2003 Arcs and Vectors.
The first to utilize the global GM Epsilon platform were both the Saab 9-3 and the Opel Vectra which were then lengthened to accommodate four new siblings; the Chevy Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Saturn Aura and the Pontiac G6. Some of the exclusive features of the Saab 9-3 included a fiber-optic electric/electronic system, the chance of AWD, and ReAxs.
The last forty-seven Saabs were built on February 22, 2012. All of them were 9-3 Independence Edition convertible models that were produced by one of Sweden's biggest car dealers, ANA, in Trollhattan. 26 of the cars were RHD ones while 21 were LHD cars. The final Saab was a Saab 9-3 Aero Independence Edition TTiD convertible.
For 2005 the U.S. Saab 9-3 convertibles were sold with 16-inch wheels that were standard, while the Aero model received 17-inch wheels. This was a difference from the previous 15-inch wheels found in the Linear version. 2005 This was the final year for the Linear and Arc version in the U.S.
At the LA Auto Show in January of 2006, a commemorative '20 Years Edition Aero Convertible' was debuted for the American market to celebrate 20 years since the introduction of the Saab 900 convertible. Two optional engines this year were a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder and an all-new 2.8 liter turbo 6-cylinder. The 4-cylinder engine option featured 12.3 psi maximum turbo boost pressure that turned out 210 hp. The 6-cylinder engine had 8.7 psi boost that turned out 250 hp. Marketed in the U.S. as the 2.0T, the 2.0-liter 16-valve turbo 4-cylinder model replaced the Linear and Arc models that were sold until the '05 model year. The U.S. 2.0T version was much like the 2005 Arc except for U.S. Linear wheels being used. In other countries the Linear and Arc continued being sold.
Halfway through the 2006 model year the U.S. cars lost the trunk release button on the driver's door to save money. The cars built at the beginning of the year kept the release mechanism mounted on the driver door. Once it was gone, the only way to open the truck what to use the key fob, or the emergency release button found inside the trunk.
For 2007 the dashboard was entirely redone with a return to the look of the classic Saab 900 dash and the Saab Info Display being relocated to the main instrument binnacle from its high mounted position. Saab's 9-5 climate control system replaced the button-heavy climate control system. For this year OnStar was re-introduced and required when Nav was ordered in North America. The corporate GM head unit was introduced and which allowed for satellite radio and MP3 CD capability. The cabin got much quieter this year and the suspension went from borderline harsh to firm. Exterior color choices switched from Steel Gray to Titan Gray. The 210 hp 2.0-liter 16-valve turbo engine and the 250 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo were the only engine choices for the 2007 U.S. market. The 2.0 model manual transmission was updated from a 5-speed to a 6-speed.
Debuting at the Saab Festival in Trollhattan, Sweden in June 10th of 2007, the 2008 cars were reputed to have undergone over 2000 changes from the previous year. These updates included new frontal styling that was inspired by the Saab 9-2X, a new clamshell hood, all new door panels and frosted rear lamps. On the outside some modifications were made on the limited edition XWD 280 hp 9-3 Turbo X, which was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In March of 2008, Saab introduced an all-wheel-drive version of the Aero with the system named 'XWD'.
The limited edition Turbo X sedan and wagon were deleted from the lineup in 2009 while the 9-3 series expanded the trim levels. Now the 2.0T and Aero sedan and wagon models were available with Saab's all-wheel drive (XWD).
Due to limited under-body space the convertible range continued to lack the all-wheel-drive option for the necessary componentry because of added structural bracing that compensated for the severity that was lost when the hard roof was taken from the design of the car. The Saab 9-3 didn't change much for 2009. The 9-3X, a four-wheel-drive XUV version of the 9-3 SportCombi was introduced this year at the Geneva Auto show.
In 2011 for the '12 model year the Saab 9-3 underwent some updates that included changes in the engine range with a complete reduction in diesel and petrol engine fuel consumption of 12% and 7% respectively. Other changes included an extended all-wheel-drive choice that included the new entry level 163 hp 2.0-liter gas/BioPower engine. New this year with all new rear badging in line with the fresh Saab 9-5 sedan. Updates also included a new bumper design, new 'ice block' style headlights, minor interior update that included titanium metallic effect trim around the instrument panel, doors, gearshift and glove box. The Aero now received graphite fiber effect. The Saab classic three-spoke alloy wheel returned and the 16-inch design is part of an expanded 16 to 18-inch wheel option. To commemorate the first anniversary of the sale to Spyker Cars, a limited edition 'Independence Edition' convertible will be introduced with an estimated 366 units produced.
At the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show the Saab Turbo X was debuted. Produced to celebrate SAAB'S 30-year history of turbocharging. All of the Turbo X models were featured in metallic jet black with matte grey trim. SAAB's first production car with the XWD all-wheel drive system from eLSD and Haldex Traction the Turbo X is powered by a 2.8-liter V6 that produced 280 PS joined to a six-speed manual or auto gearbox. The car also featured larger brakes along with stiffer springs and shocks. Featuring a carbon fiber look was the dash, shift lever and door panels and the turbo gauge draws its design from the Saab 900.
Introduced at the 2010 Paris Auto Show was the Saab 9-3 ePower electric car, which became Saab's first electric vehicle. The concept car was based on the 9-3 SportCombi wagon and could achieve a top speed of 93 mph and has a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an estimated driving range of 120 miles. By late 2011 Saab had organized to run a 2-year trial with 70 ePower demonstrators in Sweden. National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the new owner of the Saab family has announced that they intend to begin producing the all-electric 9-3 ePower to be introduced in China by the end of 2013 or early 2014.
In early 2011 Saab announced that a brand new version of the 9-3 would be introduced in 2012 as a '13 model. It would be based on the Saab Phoenix platform found in the Saab PhoeniX concept car. Standard on this new vehicle would the new Saab IQon infotainment system. This concept was designed by Jason Castriota and is intended as a combi coupe/hatchback, crossover and convertible.
Unfortunately since the Saab Company was facing bankruptcy the planned third generation has been put on the back burner for now. The new owner of Saab, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced that they intend to behind producing an all-electric 9-3 ePower from 2013. Initial reports seem to hint that this new car will be based on the 2nd generation 9-3 instead of the Phoenix platform originally picked for the production.
Over the years the Saab 93-3 has won numerous awards. These include Top Safety Pick in the U.S. for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2006. Auto Trader in Great Britain awarded the car Compact Executive Car of the Year. And Top Gear Magazine's New Car Buyer's Guide in the UK awarded the Saab 9-3 Top Small Executive Car. Hong Kong Car and Driver awarded the car as '10 best Cars of the Year'. In 1998 Fortune Magazine, USA named it among the Top Ten Cars of 1999.
By Jessica Donaldson
|ALL-NEW 2014 FIAT 500L EXPANDS FIAT BRAND'S PRODUCT LINEUP AND COMMITMENT TO INNOVATIVE AND VALUE-LOADED ITALIAN CARS|
|◾Loaded with value: all-new 2014 Fiat 500L arrives to FIAT studios this June with a starting price of $19,100 and four well-equipped models ◾Leveraging: taking the FIAT brand's DNA, the all-new Fiat 500L expands the appeal of the iconic 500 while adding two more doors plus best-in-class interior volume (120.1 cu. ft.) providing comfortable accommodations for five passengers ◾Large: a Fiat 500 designed on the new 'small-wide' vehicle architecture for 27 inches more length, plus six inches more ...[Read more...]|
|2013 Kia Optima And Sportage Earn Autopacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards|
|◾17th annual AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards identifies most satisfying cars in the market and helps consumers make informed purchase decisions ◾Survey measured responses from more than 52,000 new-vehicle owners IRVINE, Calif., June 10, 2013 – Two of Kia Motors America's (KMA) most popular models were recently named to AutoPacific's annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). The 2013 Optima sedan was named most satisfying Mid-Size Car and the sporty 2013 Sportage was heralded ...[Read more...]|
|Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town & Country And Dodge Challenger Win Autopacific 2013 Best-In-Class|
|June 11, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The automotive research group AutoPacific has for the third year in a row named the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Best-In-Class Mid-Size SUV in its 17th-annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). In addition, for the second time in the last three years, AutoPacific named the Chrysler Town & Country Best-In-Class Minivan, while the Dodge Challenger tied for Best-In-Class Sporty Car. It was the Challenger's first VSA. 'Having three Chrysler Group vehicles ...[Read more...]|
|2013 ENCORE RECEIVES IIHS, NHTSA SAFETY ACCOLADES|
|DETROIT – The 2013 Encore luxury small crossover brings a smaller footprint and high efficiency to the Buick showroom, but the brand's newest model maintains the commitment to safety, joining all other current Buicks as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick. The Encore with all-wheel drive also received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. With every model sharing the IIHS designation, Buick i...[Read more...]|
|2014 MAZDA6 NAMED TO WARD'S ‘10 BEST INTERIORS' LIST|
|The all-new 2014 Mazda6 today was named to WardsAuto World's 10 Best Interiors list, as chosen by the publication's editors. The redesigned mid-size sports sedan features Mazda's new design language called KODO 'Soul of Motion,' which translates muscular movement and power into agile proportions, detailed sculpting and expressive character. The Mazda6 also was recently named one of the top three vehicle designs in the world for 2013 by the World Car Awards. 'The automotive industry, regardl...[Read more...]|
|2009 Saab models|
|Saab 9-3 Special Edition|
|Saab 9-7X||2009 Saab Concepts|
|Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept|
|BMW 1 Series||($29,200-39,900)|
|Ford Taurus X||($27,575-33,480)|
|Hummer H3T Alpha||($30,750-43,130)|
|Mercury Grand Marquis||($28,425-28,425)|
|Volvo V50 DRIVe||($29,800-35,500)|
|Similarly Sized Vehicles from 2009|
|Alfa Romeo 159|
|Aston Martin LeMans LMP1|
|Audi A1 Sportback Concept|
|Audi AS5 Cabrio|
|Audi Q5 Custom Concept|
|Audi R15 TDI|
|BMW 1 Series|
|Other models by Saab|
|Vehicle Recall Information|
|9/3/2008||2008 9-3 Convertible Yellow Edition||2010 9-3X||9/3/2010|