Saab aims to find a way to honor warranty on post-GM cars

Article by Anita Panait, on December 22, 2011

Saab executives are aiming to resume warranty coverage for buyers of the company’s 2010 and 2011 products, following an announcement by the carmaker that it is not honoring the coverage for cars bought after it was sold by General Motors in February 2010.Until the company resumes the coverage, post-GM Saab car owners may have to pay dealers for any repair if the company fails to reimburse for the work, according to Tim Colbeck, CEO of Saab Cars USA. 

Colbeck is optimistic that warranty coverage could continue since Saab Cars USA and Saab Parts, which provides parts for Saab, are both not bankrupt.Colbeck said this means parts need for works under warranty or even outside warranty are still available.

Warranty coverage for Saab cars bought during GM ownership remains in force. Saab declared bankruptcy after a white knight effort by Chinese investors failed to push through due to veto by GM. Chinese group Pang Da said it had aborted plans to acquire Saab.

Saab's new 9-3 range projects a bold and more assertive personality, thanks to a series of powertrain enhancements. These include the introduction of gasoline and BioPower (E85) engines, a more powerful diesel, and an all-wheel-drive.

This new range sports distinctive frontal styling, which got its inspiration from the award-winning Saab Aero X concept car and which was designed to reinforce its athletic appeal. This paved the way for the tri-fuel engine lineup, which includes a twin-stage 1.9-liter turbo diesel, an innovative 180 hp, a 2.8V6 turbo gas engine, an uprated 280 hp, and a 175 hp 2.0t Saab BioPower option, all delivering 200 hp on E85 fuel.

Saab’s advanced XWD 'cross wheel drive' is exclusive to the Saab 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan as well as the Saab SportCombi. This system features innovative developments in the electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential and in wheel slip management.

Meanwhile, the new 1.9L turbo diesel delivers impressive efficiency and is actually the first premium segment diesel engine to use an integrated 2-stage tubo-charging system.

What's more, progressive design is the name of the game for the new 9-3 range. Visually, it is distinguished by the A-pillar's all-new bodywork forward, with new bumper moldings, front and rear light assemblies, new doors, and new handles. They also boast now-standard flared side sill extensions.

All of these elements join together to give both the SportSedan and SportCombi a much clearer Saab identity, as well as a more assertive and bolder stance.

Topics: saab, gm

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