News: Saab 9-3 replacement to show at Frankfurt 2011

Trollhattan’s local newspaper, TTELA, have a report this afternoon speaking about several issues concerned with Saab. Most notable amongst them is the possible vehicle scheduling for the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be held in September 2011.

From TTELA (Googletrans):

Saab can provide a first glimpse of the next generation 9-3 in the fall. This from Spyker CEO Victor Muller, who talked about future plans to a German motor magazine.

…..[the] Next 9-3, Saab’s most important model, will come next year. But as early as this autumn’s large Frankfurt International Motor Show, visitors will have a first glimpse of the car, according to Victor Muller speaking to German magazine AutoGazette.

Victor Muller says that in the 9-3 we will see Saab’s first hybrid engine and a pure electric car.

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TTELA also write about sales expectations in China:

In 2011, it may be about 2000-3000 cars sold and may double next year. Looking further ahead, and with the help of the next Saab 9-3, hope Victor Muller to sales exceeding 10,000 cars annually in China.

Thanks to Henrik S for the link!

zippy
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zippy
5 years 8 months ago

COOL!! 🙂

Jake
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Jake
5 years 8 months ago

This calls for a singing of Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah! 😀

WOOHOO!!!

Henrik B.
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5 years 8 months ago

Yes! And today, Saab will host a press conference, telling us that they will be cooperating with BMW, about technology. Saab will gain access to BMW technology, to be able to develop a new smaller Saab!

All according to a danish news agency on tuesday. Also telling that Spyker on tuesday had put out a press release, confirming negotiations with BMW.

Cheers!

benrp
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benrp
5 years 8 months ago

Wow, the news just gets better! I’m so excited!

Jake
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Jake
5 years 8 months ago

double joy!

This day just keeps getting better and better!

lol
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lol
5 years 8 months ago

Great !
Any idea of the timing of this press conference ?

Tim
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Tim
5 years 8 months ago

Tried to call Spyker earlier today as I couldn’t find any confirmation. According to the person I talked to no special event has been scheduled for today…

nickX
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nickX
5 years 8 months ago

song no. 2
I’ll be there. And pretty sure I will go for a hybrid aero!

belfast_saab
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belfast_saab
5 years 8 months ago

Really? Is this the 9-3 replacement of is it not actually Castriotti’s ‘not the 9-3, but a design direction concept’ ?

BoeBoe
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BoeBoe
5 years 8 months ago

visitors will have a first glimpse of the car

Sounds like a conceptcar to me 😉

Kroum
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5 years 8 months ago

This will be the most important model is Saab’s history. The new bread and butter better be tasty!

As usual, Swade, we count on you to give us an early glimpse of the NG 9-3 here at SU. 😉

News: Saab 9-3 replacement to show at Saabs United mid-2011.

🙂

Jake
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Jake
5 years 8 months ago

Let’s hope it’s not pumpernickel… I don’t like pumpernickel. 😀

saabken
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saabken
5 years 8 months ago

Dip it in Absolut …… it’ll taste much better !! [wink]

BoeBoe
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BoeBoe
5 years 8 months ago

The interview with AutoGazette is already pretty “old”. It was published on December 27 and when I read it I cannot find anything about the new 9-3 being shown at the IAA in 2011.

Is there another AutoGazette interview? Of dit TTELA made a translation error???

Also found this piece of information useful:

Für den 9-4X erwarte ich einen Absatz von 9000 Autos in 2011 und vom neuen 9-5 Sport Combi 17.000 Einheiten.

So the 80.000 units for 2011 will consist of the following:

9.000 9-4X
17.000 9-5 SC
54.000 9-3(X) & 9-5 SS

CMHOHIOMAN
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CMHOHIOMAN
5 years 8 months ago

Wow..great news. I’m excited…especially about the prospect for some kind of hybrid or fuel-saving options. Some financial news networks (Bloomberg/CNBC) are projecting oil prices to go up and could repeat that of 2008 when it got as high as $140 USD a barrel. I’ll be interested in what kind of engine line-up and horsepower they will deliver.

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 8 months ago

T-minus 8 months (approx) and counting…

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 8 months ago

This is a huge deal. Wasn’t the original launch scheduled for Geneva tentatively, some 6 months later? Just shows how hard everyone is working there. Incredible.

I really want that hybrid axle 9-3, so pumped.

Mark Orr
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Mark Orr
5 years 8 months ago

I suspect the car shown in Geneva will incorporate many styling cues for the 9-3. It is REALLY important that SAAB gets this right. So Geneva will be a trial balloon to see if the future look of SAAB sits well with the masses.

Samuel Leung
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5 years 8 months ago

AWESOME.. CAN – NOT – WAIT !!!

till72
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till72
5 years 8 months ago

Just marked a date in the calendar.

saab93f
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saab93f
5 years 8 months ago

Wow,
what a difference a year can make 🙂 Hopefully good news translate to trust and more sales.

Independence day should shout the message “We are alive and strong” loud and clear!!

benrp
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benrp
5 years 8 months ago

This wouldn’t stop me from driving my 900 with the roof down but its worth noting the Saab makes the least noise.

michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago

I understand that Saab enthousiasts are amazed by prospects of the new model to be seen asap. But: The sales in 2011/12 has to come from the old model, will Saab not delay this badly needed 9-3 buying? From an economic point of view, that might be risky.

belfast_saab
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belfast_saab
5 years 8 months ago

Yes, good point, it is a balance between providing direction and hope of new models against not immediately making existing range appear even more outdated. Hopefully the refreshed current 9-3 will also appear soon, else its lifecylce will be so short people will delay their purchases for a firther 18 mnths to get a new model. Difficult. Right now Saab needs cashflow and the gap between now and the whole new 9-3 will be filled by a facelift with such a short life that it may deter purchasers.

hughw
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hughw
5 years 8 months ago
Yes, good point. HOwever, in the US, a lot of new purchases are driven by when an old lease expires. They usually can’t be extended beyond a month or two and the purchase price is often too high. So people buy a new car when they have to and are not in the position of delaying for 18 months. Instead, they will lease a new car and look for a shorter lease term if they are hoping for a new model. In fact, that’s what happened to me, but with no success. In the fall of 2007, my lease was… Read more »
saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago
Precisely what happened to me also…but with a different outcome. Leased my ’08 9-5 SC Aero in September ’07 for 27 months, so I could get an XWD 9-3 SC Aero in December 2009 (and that car STILL hasn’t happened). When it still wasn’t clear that SAAB would even remain in business in December 2009…and leasing ANY SAAB was impossible, I turned the SC back in, and leased an Audi A5 coupe. Just couldn’t justify taking a chance on spending USD$30k to buy out the lease from GMAC, and then having to take the car to a Chevy dealer for… Read more »
Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 8 months ago

How as the A5 been compared to the 9-5 and/or your expectations? What can SAAB take from the A5?

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago
Nate 9-3…I love the A5. As a coupe, it really doesn’t compare to the SC, but I still have two 1990 900 SPGs, and it is as much fun to drive as they are. And I do drive them both regularly. My wife has an ’03 9-5 Aero Sedan, and the A5 compares well with that as well. They are drivers cars. 😀 You ask…”What can SAAB take from the A5?” The real question should be what can SAAB take from Audi? And the answer to that one is DEALERS WHO CARE ABOUT THIER CUSTOMERS. At least in the US… Read more »
RS
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RS
5 years 8 months ago

the A5 compares well with an ’03 9-5 Aero Sedan

LMAO, well done Audi.

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 8 months ago

Hey RS…don’t be so smug.

Have you ever driven an A5…AND a 9-5 Aero, for something longer than a test drive? Unless you have…I’m the one LMAO at vous Sparky, because you have no clue as to what you are commenting on.

Audi are setting historical sales records…and LTAO (Laughing THEIR A** Off)…all the way to the bank.

SAAB are STILL lucky to be in business…with no guarantee they will be when my current lease expires in 2013. And unless SAAB sales pick up sooner than later…well…Audi (and others) will be the ones with the last laugh.

RS
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RS
5 years 8 months ago

Saabdude, well I quess I got (a bit) annouyed about you pressing the Buick theme so hard the other day.
On the other hand your comment about the A5 is spot on. It just shows how good driver cars Saabs are in comparison to those ‘supposed to be superior’ brands that rule the market.

Different Saabdude. That one had more a’s in his name 🙂 – SW

andyb
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andyb
5 years 8 months ago

hopefully this will be a glimpse of my next new SAAB.

saabken
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saabken
5 years 8 months ago

Doc: “Where we’re going, we don’t need ……………. roads”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BPxF1mLYFM

andyb
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andyb
5 years 8 months ago

sorry saabken you’ve lost me.

Mark Orr
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Mark Orr
5 years 8 months ago

yes that is what I meant. I suspect the new 9-3 will be quite a departure from the 9-5, so some of those concepts need to tested to gauge public acceptance. Based on that the cues will either be adopted or watered down a bit. The 9-3 is absolutely vital. I also suspect the current 9-3 update will have some of those cues. They cannot show the 2012 9-3 then soldier on with the current car unchanged for a full year..,. that would be brutal.

andyb
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andyb
5 years 8 months ago

just to qaulify my last comment,in the last eight years i have bought two new saabs iwould buy a new 95 but simply am not able to at this time {unless i want a divorce that is.] so it is more timing than anything else,although i guess you are right since it is unlikely i would buy a current 93 over a new 95.

benrp
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benrp
5 years 8 months ago

I was under the impression that the new 9-3 was already finalised, meaning a concept to test public opinion would be pointless. Am I missing something?

StefanH STHLM 93X
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StefanH STHLM 93X
5 years 8 months ago

And they´ve had some fun putting together the headline too.
“Muller avslöjar Saab-plan”
Normal translation = “Müller reveals plans for Saab”
But in swedish you can also read it like :
“Low frequenzy noice reveals Saab aeroplane”
Editorial fun at its best.
🙂

Muppen
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Muppen
5 years 8 months ago

…or thunder reveals Saab´s Aeroplan!

hehe

StefanH STHLM 93X
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StefanH STHLM 93X
5 years 8 months ago

Or “Grumble reveals Saab aeroplane” if Google translate has a say on this.
😉

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 8 months ago

This sounds fantastic! Cannot wait to see 9-3 replacement. And if those BMW collaboration news are true, this is even more fantastic! So were going to see a new concept, new 9-5 SC, probably 9-4X (I´m talking about Finland, remember), and the replacement of 9-3 this year!?! So cool!!

…In the mean time, I´ll have to figure out how to get this on the road again…
http://tinyurl.com/3762bek
Nice parking, right?

😀

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 8 months ago

And just for fun, another view..
http://tinyurl.com/2vxelrx

Thylmuc
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Thylmuc
5 years 8 months ago

If that’s of any help to you: the very same thing happened to me a month ago when I was in a rush to reach an airplane (that got canceled due to adverse winter conditions!). After my return four days later, I needed professional help to get out of the mess.

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 8 months ago

Well, actually I got it solved right away. The road is very narrow and there´s quite steep edges. I was I had to pass oncoming car and my right front tire got off the road. That´s all it takes to get you out. Car got out with no marks on it (thank goodnes) but I was left with very, very annoying feel. If I think of what coul´ve happen if there was something under the snowbank, like rock etc. Whoah…
I guess I´m still lucky after all 😀

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 8 months ago

Oh, and I forgot to add, I needed professional towing service to get the car out of there.

RS
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RS
5 years 8 months ago

No stage record this time 😉

Ck1x
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Ck1x
5 years 8 months ago

I’m starting to agree with others here as far as this refreshed 9-3! It’s life cycle is getting way to close to the release of the Ng 9-3 to even make since anymore at this point and time. I would rather Saab use the finances to find other alternatives to make the 9-4 more efficient, so it is a global success

RS
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RS
5 years 8 months ago

But the interior refresh can’t cost that much? and it’s just about the only ‘complaint’ anyone has about the car. Just look at Markos 9-3. It’s way better than a new Bimmer imo (even parked in the ditch).

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 8 months ago

I do not agree Ck1x!
It will help and I think it´s worth it. Journalists will wright about the “updated 9-3” and that bring the “new Saab” even further away from GM into there new identity. It even going to conect Saabs models even closer to each other. Good marketing stategy if you ask me even if it costs money.

Maybee the old and the new 9-3 model are going to sell parallel for some time (it has happened before). It should mean a life cycle for at least two years.

Alex
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Alex
5 years 8 months ago

I was at a Saab dealer today (here in Vienna/Austria) and asked about the facelift for the 9-3.
According to him, there won’t be any facelift, but a Griffin version will come at the mid of this year!

Red J
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5 years 8 months ago

I’ve read the googletrans of that article, and I don’t think we will see any kind of NG 9-3 in Frankfurt. VM says a glimpse of the next 9-3. To me it sounds more like postponing the JC Prototype till the Frankfurt motor show.

Ck1x, the 9-3 Griffin will be available by march from what I’ve heard. And don’t ask me why, because I don’t know it.

Cerulean
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Cerulean
5 years 8 months ago

Saab UK are now indicating that production will start in April with deliveries beginning in May.

Björn
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Björn
5 years 8 months ago

When I ordered my new Saab 9-3 SC ttid my dealer mentioned what Red J says: the 9-3 Griffin shall be available from March onwards.

RS
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RS
5 years 8 months ago

I just hope the now Independent Saab remembers what the Griffin Edition was all about in the first place. Luxury.

Ck1x
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Ck1x
5 years 8 months ago
I think what will help Saabs sell is aggressive leasing, entry pricing and standard amenities for a premium sedan. The Ng 9-3 is right around the corner, I just don’t see how it’s feesible to sell a revamped edition like this when these cars would both be coming out of Trollhatten! So it’s pretty clear when the new 9-3 comes the old model will be put to pasture. I have a 2004 9-3 and I still love my car and don’t know if interior change is enough to haul me into getting a 9-3 when I’m so looking forward to… Read more »
Thylmuc
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Thylmuc
5 years 8 months ago

Well, I can think of several reasons why another refresh might make sense:

It shows Saab’ commitment to improve what is mostly complained about thus displaying customer oriented behaviour.
It will result in more news in magazines and the WWW.
It might prevent people from postponing their purchasing decision until the next 9-3 arrives.
It is a fallback measure in case the schedule for the next 9-3 cannot be met for whatever reason.

Agreed 100% – SW

Chris
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Chris
5 years 8 months ago

Plus, it will show the world that Saab is alive and kicking!

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