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Saab Extends Flex-Fuel BioPower and Two-Stage Diesel Across the Range

Saab's E85 BioPower promotional vehicle (copyright image)

E85 is 85% ethanol and 15% petrol
and Saab is the leader in developing
the use of this eco-friendly fuel

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26th February, 2009

Saab Australia will become the first car manufacturer to offer, in Australia, its full model range as E85 capable from mid this year.

The announcement further enhances Saab’s flex-fuel industry leadership position and means that all new Saabs will offer a flex-fuel/petrol engine as standard.

Saab Australia became the first car maker to produce a renewable, ethanol-powered car for the Australian market and continues to be the only brand in Australia offering vehicles that run on E85- a mix of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol – or petrol, in any combination, from one fuel tank.

Saab BioPower combines turbocharging with the use of E85 fuel to deliver increased engine power and improved performance, as well as reduced CO2 emissions, and is available in 9-5 and 9-3 vehicles in Sport Sedan, SportCombi and the iconic Saab Convertible body styles.

Driving on E85 can reduce emissions because the plants used to make E85 help to absorb CO2 in the atmosphere. In Australia, CSR produces E85 with less than half the CO2 emissions of petrol^.

The 2.0t BioPower engine delivers peak power of 147 kW* and 300 Nm* of maximum torque on E85. Running on E85 the BioPower 2.0t engine produces at least an additional 18 kW* (147 kW vs 129 kW*) and an extra 35 Nm* of torque (300 Nm vs 265 Nm*) compared to running on regular unleaded petrol.


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Saab BioPower is part of the broader Saab environmental strategy EcoPower, which combines the enjoyment of a dynamic driving experience with the efficient use of resources to achieve responsible performance.

The EcoPower strategy blends turbocharging, engine rightsizing, Saab BioPower, aerodynamic performance and weight-saving design.

A key element of the EcoPower engine rightsizing strategy is the efficient and powerful 9-3 Aero TTiD which is now available across the 9-3 model range.

Boasting a unique two-stage turbocharging system, which was a world ‘first’ in the premium car segment, the 1.9-litre, 16-valve two-stage turbo engine is matched to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The responsible performer delivers a sporty drive with 132 kW* and 400 Nm* of maximum torque, in gear performance similar to the 9-3 petrol Aero and an impressive combined 5.7 litres per 100 km for the manual Sport Sedan model.

“With Saab BioPower –the first vehicle to run on E85 in Australia, combined with a powerful and economical diesel - Saab really does deliver on our promise of performance with responsibility” said Director of GM Premium Brands, Parveen Batish.

The performance and economy of the Aero TTiD is among the best in its class, the Saab TTiD engine meets a growing demand from drivers unwilling to sacrifice performance in the interests of fuel economy.


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Another example of Saab’s advanced technology initiatives are the recently released 9-3X and 9-3 diesel models in Europe which now also offer reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel consumption.

European manual Linear and Vector specification Sport Sedans, powered by the 110 kW, single turbo or the 132 kW, two-stage turbo 1.9-litre engine, can now produce just 139 gm/km CO2 and impressive fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100 km over the combined cycle. The SportCombi’s figures are also improved to 144 gm/km and 5.5 l/100 km.

In terms of CO2 grammes per horsepower, the two-stage turbo models (badged 1.9TTiD) are now among the top performers in their class.

To continue Saab’s efforts to build awareness for the importance of alternative fuels, Saab has provided a BioPower 9-3 Sport Sedan to the Department of Tourism, Industry and Regional Development in Queensland to use as a promotional vehicle for a 12 month period.

To date – the vehicle was a feature of Greenfest, Australia’s largest free green festival, in October 2008 which had over 35,000 in attendance over three days. Promoting ethanol blended fuels and environmentally friendly vehicles, Saab and the Queensland Government will be a central highlight of Greenfest 2009 in June.

The Saab BioPower 9-3, which has gathered 3,000 kilometres to date, is also helping to spread the word on the benefits of biofuels by inclusion in TAFE presentations to mechanical students where they are learning about the flex-fuel technology and also dispelling any myths on the impact of ethanol fuel on engines.


*Figures as per ECE regulations
E85 is of limited availability in Australia, visit for bowser locations
^According to CSR website:

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