Geneva invitation hints at four premieres for Saab

Last month I wrote a post spelling out the new Saabs we can expect to see in 2011 and at which show we might see them.

I’m not sure how right I was, but by the looks of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show invitation, there might not be a lot left for later on in the year. Geneva’s going to be HUGE!

If the imagery on the invitation is deliberate – and one would have to think it is – then we will see four vehicle debuts at the Geneva Motor Show:

UPDATE: I’m a cock.

Just look up the freaking web address on the image, which I completely overlooked because I was too excited playing detective. It spells out which model is which. At least I got them right.

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These invitations were sent out in the last day or so and this one was forwarded to me by the guys at Dimini.ch (who sell the best Saab scale models you’ll ever see – I’ve just ordered a 900 Turbo and a 99Turbo to add to my collection and will pick them up in Geneva).

Ok, so what are we looking at here?

I believe the draping is deliberately constructed to give us a hint as to what we’re looking at. Obviously, showing some color and vehicle feature is part of the ploy.

Closest to ‘camera’ we have the Saab 9-5 wagon. No prizes there.

Furthest from camera we have the Saab Design Concept that they’ll unveil there to show the general direction that Saab Design will take under Jason Castriota. That car’s completely unknown, hence the drapery hiding absolutely everything.

That leaves two other cars in the middle.

My guess is that the second car, in a shade of what looks to be almost an orange-red color, is the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertible. The color of that vehicle is ‘Sunset Red’ and that orangey-red color looks very sunsettish to me.

I predicted a NY Auto Show debut for that one as it’s expected to go on sale in May. Given that Independence Day is this month, however, maybe it’s pointless holding the vehicle beyond Geneva.

The third vehicle?

Possibly the Griffin Edition Saab 9-3 that we might see MY2011.5?

I don’t know, but it’ll sure be one hell of an interesting show.

Red J
Member
5 years 6 months ago

Swade,
if you had visited the site on the invitation, you would know what those cars are, and when will they be presented.

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

Shhhhh. He got it right without even checking the site. Swade don’t need no website to check that πŸ˜›

Red J
Member
5 years 6 months ago

But now we know that the 9-3 Griffin and the 9-3 Conv Independence Edition will be presented on the February 23, the first anniversary of Saab-Spyker.

πŸ™‚

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

Yay! That’s pretty cool. It’s great that February 23 now means something to Saab. Maybe they could call it the 9-23.3 or 9-2.23 πŸ˜› All silliness aside….

I screenshot the concept. Look at that hatch! Wow, sexy beast. It’s so Saab, I’m in love.

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

I may have reacted too quickly. It appears the photoshop is exactly the same just stretched to fit over the Griffin models. You can note the exact same folds in the sheet. Since neither the 9-3 SS or 9-3 Convertible have hatchback shapes that would look like that, I’m guessing that the shape is true to the concept’s shape (Swade please confirm, you’ve seen it), and then they simply photoshopped it over the Griffins. Just speculation.

Red J
Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Jeff, I think you are seeing a little bit too much on those pictures. I don’t think that any of them are real photos, but CGI’s.

bk-aero
Guest
bk-aero
5 years 6 months ago

It might be wishful thinking but don’t the two 9-3s look like hatches too? Mouthwatering…

Red J
Guest
5 years 6 months ago

A new red, sounds interesting πŸ™‚

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

I agree that the drape on the Griffin editions is CGI, that’s what I said originally. What I’m wondering is how much the shape of the sheet (on all 3, it’s the same CGI sheet) is close to the profile of the concept car. It’s so absolutely different from any shape we’ve seen in 10+ years since the OG 9-3, that one has to speculate it’s deliberately the shape of the concept. That is all πŸ™‚

Toby
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Toby
5 years 6 months ago

I reserve jusdgement-it could look like a dog-it is howerver the right shape…I just hope she looks as good as the 900 of old and can compete with the Audi Sport back type vehicles we are seeing more of today. This is Saabs home ground-I am getting very excited, I may have to pop along to see for myself!!

Jeff
Guest
Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

The Griffin edition is offered in colors besides java, correct? Third could be Griffin in that case since it too looks red.

That concept has a remarkably low stance. So sexy.

Geertiv
Guest
Geertiv
5 years 6 months ago

Swade, according to the website indicated on the invitation you’re completely right!

Awesome… I’ll have to try and go to Geneva I guess!

zippy
Guest
zippy
5 years 6 months ago

Time to break out the laptop, no flash on the iPad. πŸ™

Adrian
Guest
Adrian
5 years 6 months ago

…and there was me, thinking the proportions of the one nearest the camera shouted “9-4x”…

74stingray
Guest
74stingray
5 years 6 months ago

*gasps*… never “heard” such language out of Swade…..

quite scandalous….

zippy
Guest
zippy
5 years 6 months ago

I emailed you.

RS
Guest
RS
5 years 6 months ago

Almost spilled the coffee. Good one πŸ™‚

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 6 months ago

When I clicked on the 93 Cabriolet picture at the far right, it depicted a shot from about 25 feet down at a NG 95. To my amazement the angles of the rear roof and the front windshield looked so reminiscent of my SPG. The aerodynamic angles being so much in conformity remind me why so may jet fighters look similar, i.e., Gripen, Rafale and Typhoon.

Pat H
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Pat H
5 years 6 months ago

Trust me this is a great idea. Having so many announcements at one show is bound to generate some interest, and the interest generated should be enough to stay high until the next big announcement. Good work Saab.

Steve in CT
Guest
Steve in CT
5 years 6 months ago

This is so exciting and makes my day… my week!

and that 9-5 SportCombi is sweet! I think that could fill our need for a hatch (as well as whatever else Saab has coming with a hatch).

Awesome! Thank you Swade and all for sharing this.

Steve in CT
Guest
Steve in CT
5 years 6 months ago

P.S. Swade- That was an amazing job on identifying the cars without looking! πŸ™‚

vince
Guest
vince
5 years 6 months ago

this is really exciting news

Daniel R
Guest
Daniel R
5 years 6 months ago

Does the Independence Edition convertible also receive those minor exterior updates as the My 11.5?

Thanks, Daniel

Tompa
Guest
Tompa
5 years 6 months ago

CanΒ΄t see why not. The big difference is in the front bumper

Cheers/Tom

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