Saab ‘Independence Day’ edition coming in 2011

Let me take you back to February last year and a quote from Victor Muller (direct to me via email).

I propose to call the actual closing day, which will be in the coming week, Independance Day and celebrate it year after year. vic

Exactly what this will look like is a little unclear at this point. But it seems there are plans afoot to celebrate Saab’s independence with a limited number of cars created especially for the occasion. The name “Independence Day Edition” is what I’ve heard but is not definite.

The whispers that I’ve heard indicate only the following.

There will be a limited edition of 365 vehicles, plus one for the number of years independent from GM. So for 2011 there will be 365+1 Independence Day Edition vehicles produced. For 2012 there will be 365+2, etc.

Initial indications are that the Saab 9-5 will be included but things were a little fuzzy as to whether the Saab 9-3 would be included as well (i.e. a mixture of 9-5 and 9-3, totalling 366 in all for 2011).

I’ll keep you posted if I hear any more, but they sound interesting. The anniversary of Saab’s independence from GM is on February 23, 2011.

Thanks to Djup Strupes.

Jake
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Jake
5 years 9 months ago

And hopefully, we’ll see a 2011.5 9-3 Griffin sometime soon as well. Maybe the announcement is part of Independence Day celebration? Who knows!

Bravada
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5 years 9 months ago

I absolutely agree. Saab should highlight how much they have achieved during only one year of independence with an early release of the 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin with Hirsch leather door handles and Hirsch steering wheel with the white insert, BLS glove compartment button and BLS leather upholstery, a new TomTom-based in-dash navigation system and a new radio…. I only wish this could come true 🙁

Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago

366 Independence Day Saab cars worldwide from the 1st independence Year. This means in average about 7-8 cars per market, maybe in a model mixture.
Does anybody know of more unique Saab cars?
There must be more that 366 Saab nuts in the world willing to pay anything to get one of those.

Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 9 months ago

Saab 9-5 VIGGEN Please…:)

No.9
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No.9
5 years 9 months ago

I know I might alienate a few regulars, including maestro Swade, but I really don’t think it’s a good idea to resurrect the Viggen nameplate. No other model has been so harmful to Saab than the Viggen. If SAAB is still associated with torque steer, you can thank the Viggen. Sure, sure, it ‘s an enthusiast’s car, there’s a «rescue kit» to correct part of the problem etc. Mainstream journalists and buyers don’t know this and don’t care to know. That’s the way the torque steers.

matsvbg
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matsvbg
5 years 9 months ago

Will they all be diesels? Turbo Independance Day… TID

😉

TurboLover
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TurboLover
5 years 9 months ago

Two Turbos Independance Day TTID 😉

Joe
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Joe
5 years 9 months ago

Slap Hirsch-stuff on it and offer it at a great price, like the UK Carlsson edition.

John Carter
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5 years 9 months ago

We did get a notice yesterday that not only are we migrating off all of GM’s systems (ordering and locating cars, etc.) by February, we will also have a special event to celebrate Saab’s independence- wasn’t entirely specific, but there’s definitely something cool coming 🙂

Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago

….that not only are we migrating off all of GM’s systems (ordering and locating cars, etc.) by February,….

Seems like we are having a date for the new saabusa.com !!! 🙂

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

Hmm… Time to figure out a way to get rich quick.

I agree the number is small.

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 9 months ago
RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago

Sport chassis and 18″ wheels kills the 9-3 every time. Didn’t they (Saab GB) learn anything from last time? This is a REP car, not something you hone around the track! Geez it’s frustrating.

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 9 months ago

That is so awesome. What a SAABy thing to do!

Smithy
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5 years 9 months ago

Something fast.

Will
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Will
5 years 9 months ago

Does this mean I’ll be able to get a 9-3 with Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith or Bill Pullman in the trunk?

*Rimshot*
Thanks folks, I’ll be here all week.

Markac
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Markac
5 years 9 months ago

Were GM the Aliens?

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 9 months ago

Funny, Will !!

I always liked Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” song. Although its topic is a much much different (and sobering) one. It’s begging for someone to change the words to suit SAAB:

http://www.cmt.com/videos/martina-mcbride/55392/independence-day.jhtml

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 9 months ago

Would be nice to see a limited edition color scheme…., very excited!

benrp
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benrp
5 years 9 months ago

Good idea, even if they need to get them send somewhere that has the coulors it would be a great difference.

Markac
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Markac
5 years 9 months ago

How about red, white and blue Independence Day editions?

turbin
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turbin
5 years 9 months ago

I think I get your point, but how about they stick with Lightning Blue and Monte Carlo Yellow at least for the look of things hey Markac.

Markac
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Markac
5 years 9 months ago

turbin, I’d go with that if they can resurrect those colours. Probably better to match Swedish flag colours than US, UK, Oz and NZ etc..

Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 9 months ago

LIGHTNING BLUE!! YEAH!!

Markac
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Markac
5 years 9 months ago

I wonder if Saab Oz can snatch some Independence Day editions for it’s re-launch?

Jörgen Trued
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Jörgen Trued
5 years 9 months ago

Is this Saabs version of my idea presented here long time ago of making an SaabsUnited limited edition?
Just hope Saab management does not make the same stupid mistake as with the color selection of the UK Carlsson edition. White! I know Erik was NOT pleased with the color. It should of course had been RED! Any Saab enthusiast would have known. But marketing seams to only view cold snowy white Scandinavian nowadays.
Just ask Björn Ebvall what he thinks about white Saabs. You guessed right!

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