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2012 Saab 9-3 rendered

2012 Saab 9-3 rendered

Saab is continuing its efforts to become a self-sustaining company by making plans for the next generation Saab 9-3 and the timing has been set as Saab has announced that the new 9-3 will be making its world debut in 2012, most likely at the Paris Auto Show. The new model will feature a more dramatic exterior style, but it will also get a new electric four-wheel drive system that will improve fuel economy by 10%. This system was developed by engineering specialist American Axle and uses a newly designed multi-link rear suspension and two electric motors.

Jason Castriota, Saab’s new design director, said that the exterior styling has already been decided, with only small details - like headlamps - still needing to be chosen.

The 2012 Saab 9-3 will be offered with a new 200 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine used by the Mini Countryman. There will also be a range of new diesel engines, but company sources would not be drawn on the likely source, saying only that “both parties are open to explore further opportunities as part of this relationship in the future”. Previous reports have suggested that the new Saab may include the new 184bhp 1.6-liter, twin-scroll turbo Cooper S engine and the 112bhp 1.6-liter diesel engine used in the Countryman. The new engines will be coupled to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.

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Saab 9-4X leaked before LA debut

Saab 9-4X leaked before LA debut

The Saab 9-4X is coming at us in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show, but since no one in the auto industry can keep a secret for long, the first undisguised image of the future crossover has already surfaced on the internet. Good for us, probably even better for Saab since the buzz will only pick up with each leaked photo or spy shot.

The 9-4X will be built on an all new platform called the Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms. It will find itself with its own exterior and interior styling, but will have a dashboard design that will be similar to the new 9-5. The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine as the sole engine, but Saab is working on a diesel option for the future.

The 9-4X BioPower concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.

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Saab Boreas Sports Coupe Concept

Saab Boreas Sports Coupe Concept

Things sure have a way of coming full circle, don’t they?

It wasn’t that long ago when Saab was teetering perilously close to getting sent to the chopping block until a last minute intervention by Spyker not only gave Saab a new lease on life, but an opportunity to make things right again.

Now that Saab is finally on the right track, it doesn’t surprise us that design proposals bearing the Saab badge have been coming out left and right, with the latest one done by Spanish designer, Jorge Martí Vidal.

Vidal’s work is all kinds of sexy, if we do say so ourselves. Calling it ‘Boreas’ as a reference to the Greek God of the North Wind – yeah, we’re nerds too – the design features some pretty awesome curves coupled with a shiny pearl exterior paint that ironically accentuates the overall simplistic look of the concept.

Truth be told, Vidal’s work merits a pair of thumbs up and, if Saab does want to get back in the good graces of their customers, then they can’t do any better than having this car see the production line. Sure, that’s still unlikely to happen, but we’re just saying Vidal’s design is a sure winner.

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Saab Junkie Renders a New 9-5 Coupe

Saab Junkie Renders a New 9-5 Coupe

AlthoughSaab will most likely not create a coupe version of the new 9-5 saloon anytime soon, the idea has been in the heads of Saab fans for quite awhile. The 9-5 pictured above is the Photoshop-rendered 9-5 coupe done by an anonymous reader of the "Saabsunited" webpage.

What we have to say about the rendering is it is quite good, from a technical stand point. The fact that it was rendered by a presumably amateur artist makes it all the better, but it doesn’t quite make the cut. It looks as if the artist simply cut out a foot or two of the sedan and did nothing more. Its alloys are about five sizes too small and the door’s trim is half rubber, half chrome. Plus the roof-line is practically identical to the awkward looking roof-line of the Nissan R35.

For those who like the design, a 9-5 coupe is not among Saab’s priorities.

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New Saab 9-3 coming in 2012; will compete with the Audi A3

New Saab 9-3 coming in 2012; will compete with the Audi A3

Saab will unveil the new generation 9-3 in late 2012. Built on an all-new platform (known internally as the "Phoenix Architecture"), the new model will also get a hatchback version reminiscent of the classic 900 and a cabriolet version. The new Saab 93 will have as main competitor the Audi A3 and will be priced at £18,000 (around $26,000 at the current rates).

The new model will take its design inspiration from the new 9-5 sedan, but it will also get an aerospace-influenced touch. On the interior it will feature the same wrap-around dashboard theme, but with a minimal look in comparison to the Saab 9-5.

There are rumors saying that Saab has signed a contract with BMW to supply BMW-derived diesel and petrol engines, including the new 184bhp 1.6-litre, twin-scroll turbo Cooper S engine and the 112bhp 1.6-liter diesel engine used in the Countryman. The new engines will be coupled to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.

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New Saab 9-3 coming in 2012

New Saab 9-3 coming in 2012

Now that Saab is under Spyker ownership, things look like they are going to be changing a bit for the Swedish company. Proof of that will come in the shape of the new generation 9-3 to be unveiled sometime in 2012.

According to the German magazine, Autobild, the Saab 9-3 will not only be offered in a sedan, but hatchback and convertible versions will also come into play. Competition for the new Saab 9-3 is said to be the Mercedes SLK, the Audi A3 Cabrio, the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo, the Subaru Impreza WRX, and the Cadillac CTS Sportwagon. Just to name a few.

The new generation 9-3 will use the same techniques as the new 9-5 and the design will be inspired by the Saab Aero-X concept which is a pretty interesting and innovative concept in its own regard. We have to say, we have been not-so-patiently waiting for this concept to see the light of day in a production car. Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up, but it will feature more improvements in order to offer better consumption and fuel economy reduction.

Saab’s new 9-3 will need to have a helluva lineup in order to regain some of the market it has lost during its tumultuous times. We can only assume this is why Saab has opted to bring back the hatchback. Hatchbacks seems to be pretty trendy nowadays (don’t ask us why; we don’t see the attraction) so choosing to bring back the 5-door might give them a spot in this little niche.

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Could this be the 2010 Saab 9-5 Estate?

Could this be the 2010 Saab 9-5 Estate?

Saab’s new 2010 9-5 sedan has been a regular fixture in so many auto shows, we couldn’t even count them anymore. Despite its continued presence, we’ve yet to see the new 9-5’s five-door variant - a 9-5 SportsCombi or a 9-5 Estate, whichever you prefer.

Then, straight from a brochure, or maybe a line-up presentation, comes this image, albeit blurry, of what looks to be the Saab we’ve been waiting quite a while for. While there hasn’t been any announcements from Saab regarding this potential five-door vehicle, we’re still free to speculate, right?

So, we’re speculating that this could very well be the new 9-5 Estate and, should our hunch prove to be right, this ride feeds into our high expectations of the car quite well. We’re just hoping that Saab sheds some light on this matter, even if it’s just a sliver of what we can expect.

Or maybe this is already it, at which we’d like to ask you folks to give your two cents on the car. Neigh or Hey?

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Dutch artist renders possible Saab/Spyker supercar concept

Dutch artist renders possible Saab/Spyker supercar concept

When Spyker bought Saab from General Motors early this year, a lot of people in the industry became convinced that, sooner or later, Spyker would release a concept car that has both elements Saab and Spyker infused into one awesome piece of machine.

One of those people – a Dutch industrial designer, Eduard Gray – believed it so much that he actually designed one his own take of what the Saab/Spyker concept could look like.

Taking particular and critical elements from both brands, which, in this case is Spyker’s chassis and its mid-mounted engine and low down aerodynamics and Saab’s innate ability in building cars whose physical aesthetics have become head-turners in recent time.

Combining both elements from Saab and Spyker, Gray was able to render the “Saab Spyker 9+ Tribute”, his own unique interpretation of what happens when Saab and Spyker team up to create a once-in-a-lifetime concept car.

Check out the photos and tell us what you think of Eduard Gray’s work of art.

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Saab 9-5 spy shots

Saab 9-5 spy shots

Saab has been officially bought by the Swedish company Koenigsegg, but this doesn’t mean that they stopped building the cars they already announced. The 9-5 sedan is one of those. The car will be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Compared to the previous generation, the new 9-5 will be longer, wider and with more room for passengers. Under thew hood Saab will place a 2.0-litre turbo unit producing 210bhp.

In Europe the Saab 9-5 will also be offered with a 2,8 liter V6 engine, while in America it will go with a 3,8 liter V6 engine. Diesel and hybrid versions are also expected.

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2010 Saab 9-5 rendering

2010 Saab 9-5 rendering

Thank you SAAB for making the word wagon an acceptable term in automotive vernacular, we don’t have to be ashamed about calling the new SAAB 9-5 a cool looking wagon, there is no need to use the term crossover here. These are the first images to hit the web of the next generation of their four door sensation that the Swedish automaker is planning on bringing to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Thanks to the super car manufacturer Koenigseg, the future SAAB 9-5 should start to appear in showrooms as early as the end of this year, but certainly by 2010. The renderings seen here make the Frankfurt show car look very similar to afour door Audi A5, with that sportback notch at the back of the sedan. The wagon has a roofline that looks very similar to a Nissan GT-R.

The Swedish automaker will offer the new 9-5 with a choice of four and six cylinder power plants that are E85 BioPower capable as well as an alternatively fueled four cylinder diesel. The future 9-5 will be built upon the same Epsilon 2 as its European GM cousin, the Opel Insignia, except the Saab will use the long wheelbase frame.

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Saab 9-5 rendering

Saab 9-5 rendering

The Swedish automaker Saab, will finally unveil the new 9-5 sedan at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The four door model will soon be followed by a wagon version for the spring of 2010. The future also holds a 9-4X SUV, a vehicle aimed directly at competing with other compact crossovers like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

The future 9-5 will be built on the same Epsilon 2 as its European GM cousin, the Opel Insignia, except the Saab will get a stretched wheelbase. Word on the street is that the car company that was born from jets will offer two different types of suspension, standard and premium, as well as optional four-wheel drive and a series of engines ranging from an economic four cylinder diesel to a high performance 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6.

What we need to ask ourselves here in America is, how will the elimination of non essential GM brands here in the U.S. affect the automotive conglomerate’s new car lineups around the world. Could this beautiful 9-5 face an early grave due to the cutbacks here on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean?

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Saab Elektrisk rendering

Saab Elektrisk rendering

With summer approaching and gas prices creeping closer to $4 per gallon, electric vehicles are looking better and better every day. Chevrolet has the Volt, Opel the Ampera and even Cadillac will have an upscale Converj. But what about Saab, General Motor’s brand selling strong in Sweeden, well they could soon have the Elektrisk, a word that means electric in Swedish.

Even if this is just a rendering, we here at Top Speed are almost certain that Saab will soon have an electric model of their own. If it could look anything like this, even better!

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Saab 9-4X spy shots

Saab 9-4X spy shots

Saab will unveil the 9-4X next year at the Detroit motor show in January and sales will begin later on the year. The first prototypes have been caught testing in Germany.

The 9-4X will have its design inspired by the 9-3 and 9-3, ,- but with more modern materials and better build quality.

Under the hood GM will place a 2.8-litre petrol V6 and an automatic box. The production version will be 4.95m long and 1.92m wide. It will be built on a new platform — a mix of GM’s Theta 4x4 platform and the new Epsilon II chassis known as Theta premium.

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Saab 9-3 Convertible facelift - spy shot

Saab 9-3 Convertible facelift - spy shot

Saab will unveil the next generation 9-3 in 2009. Comparing to the old model the new 9-3 has a more aggressive styling front and rear. The 9-3 Convertible gets the same 9-5 inspired front end with the "Aero-X" type grille and eyelash-headlights.
The 9-3 Convertible features a set of clear tail lamps in the rear. it will be powered by a turbo V6 engine with an output of 300 hp.
The new model will go on sale this fall, but there are rumors that the GM will unveil the new model in (...)

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2010 Saab 9-1

2010 Saab 9-1

A while ago we reported that Saab will use design cues from the Saab Aero-X Concept into a production version car. Now, the Teknikens Varld magazine put this news into fact and got the first impression over the next 2010 Saab 9-1.
As reported earlier the new 9-1 will be powered by a range of engine used in Opel Astra, starting from the new 180Hp 1.6 Turbo to OPC’s 240Hp 2.0 Turbo. Both 9-1 and the next Astra will share the new Delta platform.
Built in the factory of Trollhattan, sweeden, (...)

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2009 SAAB 9-5

2009 SAAB 9-5

The Aero X concept presented by SAAB recently has been highly appreciated and is said to represent the new design direction of the Swedish manufacturer. One of the first vehicles to benefit from a “transplant of the design” from the Aero X will be the next generation SAAB 9-5. Benefiting from the flagship status, the new 9-5 will get a special development care and will carry the mission of making SAAB profitable again. A first encounter with the new 9-5 is expected not sooner than 2008.

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