Saab announces its presence at the 2011 Scandinavian Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 28, 2011

Saab, a Swedish vehicle manufacturer, is taking part in this year's Scandinavian Show on October 8 and 9 at Earls Court in London, wherein the very best that the Nordic countries can offer are showcased such as the top fashion brands, the edgiest entertainment, remarkable food and innovative design. The company will have a range of vehicles to display at the event, including the 9-5 Saloon, which is Saab’s most advanced vehicle to date.

The company will also have its iconic Saab 9-3 Convertible, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Saab GB's Managing Director Charles Toosey revealed.

The iconic Convertible started production in 1986 with just 400 Saab 900 Convertibles coming off the line. Since then, the company's iconic soft top has played a leading role in shaping the automotive landscape.

It has also turned into the thrilling drive that it has become famous for. Visitors to the show will also have the chance to join a draw to grab a Saab weekend break with hotel accommodation courtesy of luxury hotel guide "Mr and Mrs Smith." The winner will also be able to drive a Saab vehicle throughout the weekend and will be given £100 in spending money.

With the release of the 9-3 Convertible, Saab is once again showing why it remains in the top when it comes to the premium convertible segment. This particular model is the result of the company’s more than two decades of experience when it comes to creating all-season four-seater soft tops that are not only stylish but also practical. For its exterior, it has been designed in a manner that it gives the car a firm stance and proportions that are well-balanced.

As such, it brings with it an array of athletic qualities. Regardless of whether the roof is put up or kept down, it reflects a fun-to-drive charm. One distinct feature is how the front comes with a bold style. The central grille is now more pronounced and it even has that wing motif that is clearly founded on the Aero X concept car. There is also the U-shaped pressing that is found on the clamshell hood, standard on the Saab.

Complementing the shape of the headlamp units and the grille is the sleek bumper molding with a trapezoidal air intake. It also has this distinct stand-alone design, specifically a Scandinavian design style, to make sure that the lines are flowing and clear rather than clinical or cold.

The 9-3 Convertible is an open top vehicle that is, on its own, distinct and thus free from any unwieldy compromises to its style. With the 9-3 Convertible, Saab is also offering a wide selection of engines and has integrated the tri-fuel engine choice which includes diesel, gasoline or bioethanol (E85). One of this is the all-aluminum turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine with output at 255 hp (188 kW). Then there is also the turbo-diesel two-stage diesel engine with peak torque at 400 Nm.

Finally there are two flex-fuel BioPower (E85) engines. The reason why this convertible remains to be at the top is because it is continually being refined and it boasts excellent build quality. Most importantly, it has an advanced level of structural integrity.

Saab also includes a number of advanced product features in order to turn this concept car into an open-top vehicle that is more than what a convertible is able to offer. Part of this is that it delivers year-round effective transport. Aside from having the functional characteristics of the Convertible, this model is able to guarantee strong driving appeal as it also has the chassis dynamics seen on the 9-3 lineup.

Topics: saab, sweden

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