2010 Saab 9-3 Convertible gets 7% reduction in fuel consumption

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

A 7% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is now offered in diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Convertibles. What the carmaker would like to emphasize is that there is no noticeable loss in performance.

The change is due in part to Saab's ongoing EcoPower Technology development strategy, which concentrates on optimizing efficiency and minimizing the environmental impact of its products.

The low emission diesel variants with the 150 hp/110 kW, single turbo 1.9-liter engine can generate 145 g/km CO2and fuel consumption of only 5.5 l/100 km over the combined cycle.

Cars that have the 180 hp/132 kW, two-stage turbo power results to 144 g/km and 5.4 l/100 km. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h and top speed are largely unchanged. However, fifth gear 80-120 km/h times are raised by less than one second.

The efficiency gains have been achieved by a series of fine-tuning measures including: the use of wider gear ratios, a longer final drive, idle and low engine speed remapping, and an optimized tire and wheel choice.

These variants, which are offered only with manual transmission, are now being built in Trollhattan, Sweden, like all Saabs.

In several markets, customers are offered with valuable CO2 tax-related benefits and are being introduced alongside 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi diesel models, which already feature the improvements.

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