Time for mid-week Snippets

In the last week news events were so big that it was convenient to present them in a single post each. But now it’s time to wait for the next big event, and the pieces of news are less important but not less interesting.

In Germany the Independence Edition Saab 9-3 Convertibles have landed. At least the German Saab Blog Saabblog.net reports about it.

I know they are based in the Frankfurt area, where Saab Germany has its offices, so they should know.

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Geneva Show cars to go on roadshow

Greetings from Geneva!! It’s a little chilly, but I was still able to wear my shorts 🙂

I can’t do a Googletrans on the website, but i-love-saab.ch has been established and the cars that go on show at Geneva will be touring Switzerland just after the show finishes.

The Saab Design concept won’t be making the rounds, so you’ll have to attend the Geneva show to see that in person this month.

The cars that will be making the rounds include the Saab 9-5 SportCombi and of course, the 9-5 sedan, the Saab 9-4x, the Saab 9-3 Griffin and the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertible.

If your in Switzerland (or otherwise nearby), check out the i-love-saab.ch website for the registration form and all the details as to when they’ll be near you.

Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin gets tinted tail

I hadn’t spotted this and I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned in comments (RedJ gets all the emails to comments on his posts) but I figured it would be worth a mention here anyway.

Well spotted by Markku, a saabnut from Finland.

Markku was taking a look at the new Saab 9-3 Griffin on the Saab Sweden website when he noticed the difference in the tail lamps between the regular Griffin and Aero Griffin models.

The regular Griffin:

And the Aero Griffin:

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The tinted lights do not appear on the Sport Sedan, but do appear on the Aero versions of the SportCombi and Convertible.

And they look pretty darn cool.

It looks like they also make an appearance on the Independence Edition (which looks better and better every time I see it – just awesome)

Press Release: Saab Independence Edition

UPDATE – Photos added….. and holy cow! that’s one good looking convertible!!!!! – SW

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Limited Edition Saab Convertible Celebrates First Year of Independence

• Saab celebrates year of independence with launch of numbered limited edition
• Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition based on Aero specification
• Unique color and interior trim features
• Choice of three turbo engines: diesel, gasoline and BioPower

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification and includes a limited edition number etched into the rear side windows.

The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:
• Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
• Orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox
• Carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles
• Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
• Orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

The powertrain choice comprises a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel; a 220 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing, and a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel. All engines are available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible.

Saab Independence Day in THN – who’s going?

Saab have announced a celebration event happening in Trollhattan to commemorate one year since being bought by Spyker Cars.

The Saab media page…..

Exactly one year after the sale of Saab Automobile was completed, employees will celebrate Saab’s first year of independence with an afternoon of presentations, awards and entertainment.

….and the Facebook page both give the smallest insight as to what’s happening:

On the 23rd of February we celebrate Saab’s one year anniversary as an independent car manufacturer. Want to join in on the virtual celebration? Just click attend the event, and stay posted here on the Page. Exciting things to come.

Click here to stay updated on the Facebook page.

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Exactly what this event will entail is still shrouded in mystery, however we have received some clues already.

Saab’s Geneva preview site indicates that there will be two premieres on the 23rd of February:

  • The Independence Edition Saab 9-3 Convertible
  • The Saab 9-3 Griffin range

So that’s something to look forward to. I’m not sure where those premieres will take place, but the Saab Museum might be a good bet.

Which leads us to ask the question – who’s going to be there?

I’ll bet all the Trollhattan locals who tune in here will be on site and I’ve got at least one mate from England who’s going to make his annual pilgrimage for this event. Anyone else heading along?

I wish I could make it there myself, but I’ve been commandeered by Saab Oz to do a presentation for their new dealer body as to what happened a year ago and the role that you all played in it 🙂

More on Saab’s Independence Day edition for 2011

I first wrote about this special Saab Independence Edition last month, when it was mentioned by a couple of Djup Strupes that there would be a series of cars to commemorate Saab’s sale from General Motors (Saab were sold to Spyker on February 23, 2010).

What I got right in that post:

  • The Independence Edition will be happening
  • It will be limited to 366 vehicles for 2011

What I seemingly got wrong in that post:

  • The edition could have both 9-5s and 9-3s included

From what I’ve seen today, it seems that the Saab Independence edition will be focused completely on the Saab 9-3 Convertible.

The car will be based on the Aero Convertible and will have the 220hp 2.0T Biopower engine (from the 9-5) under the hood. It will also have a number of unique features:

  • A new color will be used – Sunset Red
  • New parchment seats, with center strip and piping (a-la the 20th Anniversary convertibles from a few years ago, but more pronounced and in orange)
  • Orange turbo instrument needle (a-la C900 and Turbo X)
  • New 18″ wheels
  • Hirsch leather instrument panel and other other Hirsch interior appointments
  • New ‘Super Sport’ steering wheel

That 366 number is a worldwide number, not a number for each market. Each car will be uniquely numbered via an etching on the rear left window showing what number out of 366 it is.

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The one thing I don’t know yet is if the specifications mentioned above are the same for all markets. I’ve received this from one particular Djup Strupe and what’s here is accurate for the market DS works in, but I don’t know if it applies to all.

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.

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