Notes from the Brussels Auto Show – Saab TX badging

A couple of our mad Dutchies SU regulars, Jos and Stephan, took a trip down to Brussels a few days ago and checked out the Saab stand.

Jos’ notes……

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Jos discovered some new TX badging on the Saab 9-3 display car there.

The TX edition is a version of the Saab 9-3 that’s been available in selected markets at different times over the last couple of years. It’s currently an option for the Vector line of the Saab 9-3 in Belgium and offers:

  • Front bumper with gray insert
  • Front Grille – Titanium look
  • front fog light surrounds – Titanium look
  • Sports leather steering wheel
  • carbon fibre effect decor – center console and glove box
  • carpet floor mats with grey edge piping

Basically, what you’re looking at is a number of trim pieces from the Turbo X to dress up the 9-3 Vector in a cost-effective manner.

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We saw the 9-4x, which looked quite nice. Not my type of car, but still a nice car.

There was quite some interest in the 9-4x, we saw lots of people getting in and out the car, going straight to the private rooms, I guess for making price quotes. Funny thing, there were a lot of elderly (like 60+, retired) people looking at the 9-4x. Maybe there’s a market there for this car in Europe after all, one that no-one even though of: These retired baby boomers that don’t do the miles to be needing Diesels. They do however have cash to spend, and want a practial car, which is easy to get into and out of. The 9-4x fits that gap perfectly.

Well, it might just be my optimism, but there was a lot of action arount the car, that’s for sure.

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Reps at the show also said that the preview image of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi has already led to plenty of enquiry and some pre-orders.

Fantastic stuff.

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My thanks Jos for the info, and to Stephan for a big donut 🙂

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