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