Independence Day

This post is meant to be a container for all the Independence Day Information that I have or will get during the day. Feel free to post links or pictures to the comments. I’ll try to update it on a regularly basis.

Red J here ….

A last update

Our man in Trollhättan is gone to the hotel to get a small rest before the evening event at the Museum starts.

This is what he has found in his hotel room.

It seems like the whole town of Trollhättan is celebrating with Saab.

A detail of the Ice block front lamps introduced in the 9-3 Griffin.

For our Swedish readers.

Automotorsport.se has a price list for the SportSedan and Sportcombi Griffin and Aero Griffin, and for the 9-3X Griffin.

As an example:
The 9-3X (current) 2.0TXWD (210hp) Man6 costs SEK 317.900
The 9-3X Griffin 2.0T XWD (220hp) Man6 will cost SEK 323.900

The 9-3SS Vector TTiD 160hp Man6 costs SEK 275.900
The 9-3SS Griffin TTiD 160hp Man6 will cost SEK 258.400

Some more pictures from our on-site reporter DaveR.

Swade here…….

A great video from Saab showing some of the achievements from their first year of independence…..

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUDe-JHQ4QA

Also, a couple of photos from Dave, in Trollhattan….

As you know, DaveR is today in Trollhättan, and will be the on-site reporter for SU. 🙂
This is his program for the morning.

I don’t know if those announced 300 special Cakes will look like this

But it could be.

Saab says thank you to you all.

TTela.se has a live article about the celebration.

They also have some photos of the 9-5SC.

Front

Back


On the Saab media site, you can find hi-res pictures of the 9-3 Griffin.

This is the interior update for the 9-3 Griffin.

Graeme Lambert
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5 years 7 months ago

Just seen Victor at breakfast at Hotel Alberts.
He’s looking as excited and enthusiastic as usual in the run-up to the celebrations.

G

Gustaf
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Gustaf
5 years 7 months ago

WOW, the VIP invitation card 😉

Carlo
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Carlo
5 years 7 months ago

I wish I was there …..

happy Birthday to everyone in Trollhattan and here on SU ….. we went through a lot of pain but emerged victorious ….

Christofer Ferm
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Christofer Ferm
5 years 7 months ago

I got letter from SAAB yesterday, which explained the independence day concept and also had a picture of the 9-4x the 9-5 sedan and a picture of the new 9-5 combi from a different angle than the official image released a couple of weeks a go. I will try to scan it when I get home unless someone beats me to it.

/Christofer

StefanH STHLM
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StefanH STHLM
5 years 7 months ago

I got one too yesterday. I have emailed that picture you mention to Swade. And a translation of the text.
But can perhaps scan that pic better? I got the folding of the broschure very visual. :-/

MickeSch
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MickeSch
5 years 7 months ago
Hi, guys! I got an letter and a leaflet in the post yesterday, where SAAB tells about the 1-year celebation. In the letter, they talk about the 9-3 Griffin, “with several new design features”, as well as the green 9-3SC TTID, with 180hp. Apparently, there will also be 2 new BioPower engines, which can be ordered with XWD. The new 9-3 Griffins will have their first delivery, in Sweden , in april. There is also a new, small picture (CGI too, it seems) of the 9-5SC. Still a rear left “shot”, but from a lower angle. Looks even more stunning… Read more »
Alexandros
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Alexandros
5 years 7 months ago

Hi Micke,

where are you based?

Thanx, Alexandros.

Yerrun
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Yerrun
5 years 7 months ago

I get the VIP-thing with lunch etc. but would it be possible without signing up to drive to the factory at 12:30 and attend the “main event” ?

CR
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CR
5 years 7 months ago

Congratulations to all the people who is part of Saab for the 1st year of independence. We are all proud for your wonderful effort and work during this year.

And congratulations to the customers because we can continue enjoying this unique and special brand.

Saab UP!!!!

jan Eric Koch
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jan Eric Koch
5 years 7 months ago

Agree with you CR; this is a day that needs to be remembered.
Thanks to all who made this possible.
And as you said; this is the first year in a beautiful future for the Saab brand.

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 7 months ago

Happy Birthday, new SAAB! 😀

Rune
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Rune
5 years 7 months ago

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Sigh.

🙂

Bengt in Scania, Sweden
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5 years 7 months ago

Ttela.se is repirting direct from the party in Trollhättan. Start at 1100 local Swedish time

Saab independence day

I will take a trip to my local Saab dealer for some Swedish “fika”.

Robert P
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Robert P
5 years 7 months ago

The cakes are a little different… just round so everyon can have a piece of one of the 372 cakes (why 372?)

http://ttela.se/start/vanersborg/1.1129611-de-bakar-372-tartor-till-saabfesten

Coxy900
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Coxy900
5 years 7 months ago
Coxy900
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Coxy900
5 years 7 months ago

Is that the curvy tailgate?

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 7 months ago

Its agonizingly still unclear to me which tailgate it is……

saab93f
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saab93f
5 years 7 months ago

YIIHAA!!
Now what we need are hi-res pics and loads of them 🙂 It is great to see good things happen to good people and companies!!

saab93f
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saab93f
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like the “curvy” tailgate. Looks good!!

marvin
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marvin
5 years 7 months ago

Somebody from saab, please tell us when the press materials hit the web… I can’t sit here and press F5 the whole day…. 🙂

marvin
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marvin
5 years 7 months ago

it’s not much but…

http://yfrog.com/gy864fj

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, thanks for that pic. A great relief, curvy it is.

RS
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RS
5 years 7 months ago

I’m hoping to see reverse parking sensor as standard (or at least a very inexpensive option) in the 9-5 SC from now on 😉

marvin
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marvin
5 years 7 months ago

look what that person also has posted:

http://yfrog.com/hs9v0gvj

and finally
:
http://yfrog.com/gy7mjmgj

marvin
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marvin
5 years 7 months ago

Now I saw that TTELA has added some pictures to their “live” feed. Better quality of the SC

Henke
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Henke
5 years 7 months ago

RS its already standard on 9-5 Ss and will surely be the same on SC.

RS
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RS
5 years 7 months ago

Henke, at least in the base model its a part of the Linear Active package (about $1000) that includes the color display.

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Seems like today shall be quite an interesting day indeed! 🙂

Henke
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Henke
5 years 7 months ago

RS, Strange. What country?

RS
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RS
5 years 7 months ago
robertP
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robertP
5 years 7 months ago

Local (country) offers are not comparable with other countries. For instance in Germany the Linear comes with wheelcovers, while in The Netherlands alloys are standard. Also pricing is different for different options

Arild
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5 years 7 months ago

I like the simple but yet nice looking inprovement of the 9-3 interior panel. This may be enough to keep the 9-3 selling until the replacement is here!

lala
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lala
5 years 7 months ago

holy cows that interior looks great. And I don’t understand the complaining about the rear doors of the 9-5sc (being the same ones used on the sedan), because it looks amazing!

Hans H
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Hans H
5 years 7 months ago

I think the complaints about the rear doors are based on
1) One picture
2) The assumption that using the same doors are a sign of laziness or bean counting.

As the doors actually look good, I would think that that debate is going slow down.

I want more pictures !!!! 🙂

Golfhunter
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5 years 7 months ago

A few more pictures found on sverige radio website with the speach of VM

Golfhunter
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Saabulon
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Saabulon
5 years 7 months ago

Is it just me, or does the wagon just look better and better and BETTER with each picture you see?

Patrik B
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Patrik B
5 years 7 months ago

Some pictures make it look great and others make it look like a whale (in its most negative meaning).

So I must say that I need to see that car in the flesh before it is possible to come with a final verdict.

Saabulon
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Saabulon
5 years 7 months ago

I see where you’re coming from, but to me, the “whale” bit doesn’t pose a problem, I want my wagons big. However, I’m not so sure it’ll prove to be that much of a whale once you see it in the metal.

bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 7 months ago

Of course, until seeing it in the metal, I will hold back my final judgement but the profile of the 9-5 SC doesn’t convince me. It looks out of proportions. Reminds me of this.
The 9-3 though: What a car! These last ones will much sought-after in a couple of years. I want an Aero SC with 220 hp Biopower engine, XWD, 6 speed manual and Hirsch.

No 9
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No 9
5 years 7 months ago

You really need to have your eyes examined! 🙂

bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 7 months ago

I admit that that was a bit harsh. 😉

belfast_saab
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belfast_saab
5 years 7 months ago

Now that’s uncalled for 😮

Nothing on earth looks like the Rodent, sorry Rodius!

Patrick
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Patrick
5 years 7 months ago

In the interior of the Convertible is a button visible next to the cupholder. This is not visible in this picture of the Griffin version. Does anyone know what that button should do (and it is not for opening the roof).

charlie
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charlie
5 years 7 months ago

SAABUSA — offer a discount on badges! I’d be in today to International Motors and pick one up! Well, I still want the saab-scania one so maybe you shouldn’t GIVE me one, but you get the idea!

Olav
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Olav
5 years 7 months ago

Happy Birthday, SAAB! And you are slowly but steadily convincing me that the 9-5SC will be my next car. That car looks better and better – well done!

Have a nice day, all SAABers!

Cheers from Norway!
-Olav-
Always on the longest road home when out there with my SAB. Always!

Carl A
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Carl A
5 years 7 months ago

Extremely proud of the interest for the Saab brand from all over the world!
Still a little bit curious abut the “Rear Lid/Bumber” connection on the 9 5 wagon. Is this really the solution chosen for the serial production??

No 9
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No 9
5 years 7 months ago

Too bad Canada couldn’t get its own website in time for the celebrations. More important to get the cars, I know.
Happy Independence Day to all SAAB lovers. And to those that don’t know yet.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago
Interesting things pop up everywhere. In the report about the event at Svenska Dagbladets (SvD) webiste ( ) there is a short sentence saying the following: “Orderingången för vecka sju var 1 990 bilar. Det är den högsta orderingången sedan Spyker Cars tog över.” “In English: Orders during week number seven were 1990 cars. That is the highest numbers since Spyker Cars took over”. IF that keeps up as a minumum for the rest of the year (which it probably won’t as the market is moving up and down from month to month): 1990 cars x (52-7) = 89550 cars.… Read more »
Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

And that thing trying to use the “add link” function totally messed up. Sorry.

Tomas Hagberg
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Tomas Hagberg
5 years 7 months ago

Great news anyway! I have a good feeling today and hopefully it stays that way atleast a couple of years.

Bravada from GMI
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5 years 7 months ago

This is the cherry topping on that Independence Day cake! Sales Up!

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

Read a comment on a Swedish site from a guy who said he visited his dealer today and lay an order for 4 Saab 9-3 SC TTiD. 🙂

Indeed it is moving in the right direction.

Bravada from GMI
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5 years 7 months ago

I actually don’t like the Griffin that much, so I am very much inclined to buy one of the pre-Griffin 9-3 leftovers ASAP 😀
I wonder if that’s a factor :p

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago

Carl-Henrik you are the guy to find very good and tasteful news.
When does the first 9-3 SC TTiD/119g showing up in the statistic? Is it in march or april, does anyone know! The increase will be significant to sale figures in SWE. Looking forward to read the stat from BilSweden.

PS Tomas Hagberg=Tomas TL1000R (just for your information)

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

As long as you don’t tell my boss what I’m doing sometimes during office time.. 😉 😉

No idea for when they will start show up, but I think we will get the news here when the first one is delivered and then it will be included in the “Below 120 CO2 g/km ECO-cars” in the Swedish stats. We have the SS there already, so I guess we will see when there is an even larger increase. But no, today we don’t have a date when that happens.

dave
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dave
5 years 7 months ago

Jorgen,

the 50 % off thing with SaabUK and hirsch, is just engine upgrades or is it accessories as well?

Thanks,

Dave

No 9
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No 9
5 years 7 months ago

Notice Victor’s matching jacket with the vert!
Kool man no doubt.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

Image #5 with the SC. What are people complaining about the lines of the doors not connecting with the rest. For me that is just sheer beautiful design.

JL
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JL
5 years 7 months ago
I get tears in my eyes… 🙂 SAAB is such an amazing phenomenon. It´s not just a car or a car maker, it is a community of shared values, wishes and emotions stretching across the world. SAAB the car maker seems to be in an emotional symbiosis with its customers and fans, spurring the car maker to superperformance. Somehow I get the feeling that this relationship can be contagious and attract new fans and customers. Why buy just a car when you can get much more than just a car, by buying a SAAB. The SAAB phenomenon deserves to be… Read more »
No 9
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No 9
5 years 7 months ago

Very interesting post JL. For sure, owning a SAAB is more than just owning a car. I don’t think its unique to SAAB but it is not common to all brands. Of course surviving a near death experience is a very unique feature that make our bonds stronger. Can’t wait to see the next 9-3. It will tell us where all this is really going but for sure, our Captain and crew have pointed Enterprise SAAB towards a bold, new and promising world.
Long live SAAB!

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

Once more I can only say that everybody should read Hirschman’s book “Exit, Voice, Loalty”. That explain everything. 😉

Edonis
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Edonis
5 years 7 months ago
+1, JL! There are so many things to comment on, but here they are.. 1) Cool that Scandic gave away a bag of BILAR to celebrate the independence day of Saab! 2) I really like the red-orange color of the 9-3 cab, along with the rims and fog light surrounds! Saab cabriolets should stand out from the crowd, as the Lime Yellow color did when it first arrived. 3) Not too crazy about the aluminium-ish dash fascia on the 9-3.. Hopefully it looks better IRL than on this particular image. 4) I hate to say it, but I actually agree… Read more »
bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 7 months ago

As you say, the scenery doesn’t do it a favour. Because of the dark background, the rear window appears to be steeper than it is which unbalances the proportions. If it looks as good in the flesh as on my current wallpaper (February calender), I’ll be very happy.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

Great coverage today Red J, really nice work! And thanks to all those on the scene bringing back these live shots, looks amazing Dave.

No 9
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No 9
5 years 7 months ago

Finally a debadged edition is not a bad idea. I find the badges on the long-talked about tailgate of the 9-5SC look like an afterthought. A minor detail of course.

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 7 months ago

Happy Birthday Saab and many, many more! Some exciting machines there!!

ORG
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ORG
5 years 7 months ago

Happy 1st year of rebirth to Saab!!!……….and thanks to all its workers, dealers, supliers, customers and fans for doing it possible.

Saab Up!!!!!!!

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Good times!

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago
GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago
Niclas Lindblom
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Niclas Lindblom
5 years 7 months ago

Noticed that it is not the same car they are showing that is on the pressrelease, unless they have switched the stereo. It is a big navscreen in the one they are showing and just the small stereo in the press release…

Just a notice…

Golfhunter
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5 years 7 months ago
Lars
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Lars
5 years 7 months ago

Check out this video on the Swedish television

here

Lars
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Lars
5 years 7 months ago

sorry!, forgot something

Jacob
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Jacob
5 years 7 months ago

For those of you who can’t wait to get hold of the 9-3 Convertible Indepence Edition alloy wheels: they are the “BBS CS Schwarz-Diamantgedreht”: . Available in 8-spoke 4-bolt or 10-spoke 5-bolt, in 17″, 18″ and 19″. So even your 9000 can get some Spyker-day Saab influences!

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 7 months ago

Very UN-Saabish to pick a not by Saab designed wheel. The style is not Saab according to my taste.

Smithy
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5 years 7 months ago

This is one splendid day!
Congratulations Saab Spyker!

Mikaik
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Mikaik
5 years 7 months ago

The 9-3 Independence day looks stunning. And what they achieved in one year, against all ods, is really amazing. Well done, Saab!

Anders
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Anders
5 years 7 months ago

I have seen the car in the flesh for a couple of months now and it keeps growing on me. Today at the celebration with all the people and the car in the wild, it really looked goregous. I saw a white one on the roads as well and it was stunning! If I needed a big cargo area I wouldn’t hesitate a second to order a 9-5 sc biopower xwd in java with turbine wheels 🙂

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago

A detail I like about the 9-3 interior is the matte silver trim on the hvac knobs.

I really don’t like the 9-5 and 9-4x’s chrome GM-style trim on the switch gear. I know I’m being nit-picky but chrome isn’t very Saab, especially when the exterior details are matte finished. You know?

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