Robert Collin praises low-emissions TTiD Saab 9-3

It’s great to see Saab (finally) getting some love in a Swedish newspaper.

The writer is Aftonbladet’s Robert Collin and the subject of his affection is the new range of low-emissions TTiD cars in the Saab 9-3 range.

Unfortunately, the full article is subscriber only, but the start goes something like this:

In the true Saab spirit

Both eco-rated and super strong – the new 9-3 knocks out all competitors

180 horsepower. On diesel.

Saab has succeeded in building an unbelievably fast green car that goes one better on both Volvo, BMW and Passat.

The new Saab 9-3 is a true Saab fairytale.

Thanks to Börjesson for the better-than-Googletrans translation

The ‘true Saab story’ part would likely refer to Saab engineers being able to pull something miraculous out of their hats whilst the company’s back is against the wall.

In the 1970’s, when Saab could have been seen by some to be stagnating to some degree, they pulled a turbocharger out of their hat and changed the company’s raison d’être completely.

Today, in the aftermath of a sale, limited brand awareness and consistent criticism from various quarters, the company’s engineers have pulled out what is the highest output, lowest emissions engine setup in Europe: 180hp with less that 120g/km of CO2.

Saab are innovating for their lives at the moment. It’s nice to see their work recognised, especially when its recognised in this sort of historical context.

Thanks to Joe, in comments.

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