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14th October, 2005
Saab has launched into the premium, mid-size wagon market with the unveiling of the 9-3 SportCombi for the first time in Australia.
Bringing sporty hatch styling to the wagon segment, Saab is confident the all new vehicle will carve out a solid niche in Australia.
Director Saab Australia and New Zealand, Ralph Stevenson, says the SportCombi is a return to the head-turning design that Saab is famous for.
“SportCombi is a natural extension of the 9-3 family, but maintains its own distinct character,” Mr Stevenson said.
“Its bold Scandinavian design will strike a chord with new customers and win fans among Saab’s traditional hatch back enthusiasts.
“SportCombi offers performance, versatility, handling and a fun-to-drive experience.”
Mr Stevenson says SportCombi hits the market at a great time, with premium, midsize wagons representing a significant opportunity.
“Petrol prices have the potential to attract significant numbers of people away from SUVs and into sport wagons. SportCombi will be a great fit for people with active lifestyles,” he said.
SportCombi achieved a record number of pre-launch orders for Saab, with customers around the world placing orders for more than 8,500 vehicles before it went on sale.
When launched in Australia, SportCombi will be available with two petrol engine variants: a turbocharged four cylinder and an Aero, powered by a 2.8 litre turbocharged version of the Global V6 engine, manufactured in Australia by GM Holden.
SportCombi will go on sale in Australia early 2006.
The all new SportCombi can be seen on the Saab stand in Hall One at the Australian International Motor Show from 14th to 23rd October.