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Post-GM Saab lowering prices on its 9-3 lineup

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Post-GM Saab lowering prices on its 9-3 lineup

05:40 AM

CAPTIONBy David Zalubowski, AP

General Motors may have sold Saab -- and thankfully didn't kill it -- and the Swedish automaker isn't missing a beat when it comes to trying to spur sales of its new 9-3 lineup. It says it is lowering prices 4% to 12% compared to the 2009 models.

With the changes, here's how Saab's prices will stack up:

The new 9-3X premium cross-over model, powered by Saab's two-liter turbocharged engine and available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, will start at $37,800.

The 9-3 sport sedan will go for $29,725 for the two-liter turbo engine version to $38,940 MSRP for the Aero model. The more upscale Aero version offers sport-focused features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, more aggressive front fascia, interior trim with two-tone leather seats, thicker sport steering wheel, a sport tuned chassis, and dual bright exhaust tailpipes.

The 9-3 SportCombi, trying to offer a sedan-like ride while having lots of cargo capacity, will go for prices ranging from $31,155 for the 2-liter turbo version to $37,845 for the Aero model.

The 9-3 Convertible model prices will range from $40,815 for the 2.0T to $45,905 for the Aero. The convertible offers a special edition package with leather steering wheel, Xenon headlamps and XM Satellite Radio for $695.

"This pricing action allows Saab to be in-line with the market and maintains accessibility of Saab's rich Swedish heritage, innovation and responsible performance for our many loyal owners, enthusiasts and potential new customers," said Mike Colleran, president of Saab Cars North America.



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Saab announces, prices cheaper 2010 U.S. lineup

03/08/2010, 10:27 AMBY ANDREW GANZ

Although there are only a few months left in the 2010 model year for most manufacturers, you can’t really blame Saab for getting a late start. The brand that almost vanished into the history books is back with just one model range until the summer release of the 2011 9-5, although a new slushy road-oriented 9-3X finally joins the lineup.

Saab says that the 9-3X will list from $37,800 when it goes on sale. It will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive with an electronic limited slip rear differential and the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. An automatic transmission ($1,350), OnStar ($750), navigation ($2,145) and metallic paint ($550) are the only stand alone options, while a $1,895 Premium Package includes HIDs, a power passenger seat, memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors, rear parking assist and power folding/auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

Otherwise, the lineup stays mostly the same – although pricing drops across the board by $1,410 for the base 9-3 2.0T sedan to about $5,400 for the 9-3 Aero sedan and convertible. While some of the cut-rate pricing can be attributed to a more favorable dollar-to-Euro exchange rate, the Aero model loses its turbocharged V6 in favor of Saab’s less powerful (but stronger selling) 2.0-liter turbocharged four.

Base 2.0T sedans start at $29,725 and will offer a handful of options, unlike last year’s convoluted three sub-model range. A $1,995 Comfort Package adds a power moonroof, seat heaters, headlamp washers, express closing for the windows and moonroof and an auto-dimming interior mirror with compass and Homelink. For $1,095, a Bose Centerpoint audio system will be on offer, while an automatic transmission ($1,350), 18-inch alloy wheels ($750), OnStar ($750), navigation ($2,145) and metallic paint ($550) are available as stand alone options.

2.0T SportCombi wagons start at $30,330 with front-wheel-drive and $32,395 with all-wheel-drive and offer the same options as their sedan counterparts.

The Aero adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, more aggressive front seats, a bodykit, a sport chassis and a unique steering wheel among other upgrades. A front-wheel-drive sedan lists for $35,340, while all-wheel-drive pushes the price to $38,115. Aero SportCombis are only offered with front-wheel-drive and they start at $37,020. Aeros offer the same stand alone options as 2.0Ts, as well as a $795 Premium Package that includes parking sensors, memory for the driver’s seat and power folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

The convertible, long a staple of Saab’s lineup, returns with two models: The $39,990 2.0T and the $45,080 Aero. While the Aero convertible’s specifications mirror the sedan and SportCombi, the 2.0T offers two unique packages. At $795, the Premium Package adds heated seats and headlamp washers and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and Homelink, while the $695 Special Edition package includes a unique steering wheel, HIDs, and XM Satellite Radio.

Saab has not announced pricing or specifications for the U.S.-market 9-5. The automaker says it plans to return to the Canadian market soon, although it has not released a timetable. Former parent General Motors pulled Saab out of the market late last year when it dismantled the brand’s distribution network.



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