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Saab Launches Australia’s First Diesel Convertible



17th January, 2007

Saab 9-3 TiD

Saab’s iconic soft-top can add the title of Australia’s first diesel convertible to its list of achievements with the 9-3 TiD Convertible now on sale.

In another win for Saab, the 9-3 TiD Convertible and its Sport Sedan and SportCombi diesel stable mates, are now the three most efficient vehicles in their segments.

With official combined fuel consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres, the 9-3 TiD manual Sport Sedan becomes the most fuel efficient premium vehicle and arguably feature-for-feature the best value diesel in the segment.

The 9-3 TiD range is powered by the popular DOHC, 1.9 litre common rail turbo diesel engine. Known for its refinement, efficiency and performance the 1.9TiD develops 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque.

All three new diesel models come standard with a close-ratio six-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic transmission with Saab Sentronic gear selection.

Saab’s trademark luxury features, including leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate and cruise control, 16 inch alloy wheels and MP3 compatibility, are also standard on all TiD models.

Saab Director Australia and New Zealand, Parveen Batish, says with good timing and excellent product he is confident the Saab 9-3 TiD range will appeal to buyers.

“With private diesel passenger car sales up 99.3 per cent in 2006, this is a great time for Saab to launch a diesel range in Australia,” Mr Batish said.

“There is a much better understanding of the benefits of diesel, both the improvements in fuel efficiency and the strong performance you get from the high torque engines,” he said.

“For Saab to launch into the market at this time, with the three most efficient premium diesel vehicles in their segments and the first diesel convertible in Australia is a real coup for the brand.

“To have a sedan, a wagon and a convertible all achieve fuel consumption of between 5.8 and 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres gives Saab a real position of strength in the diesel market.”

Fuel Consumption

Fuel consumption figures (ADR 81/01) for Saab 9-3 TiD range (manual) is as follows:

9-3 TiD Sport Sedan:
5.8L / 100km (combined)
7.7L /100km (urban)
4.7L / 100km (extra urban)

9-3 TiD Convertible:
6.3L / 100km (combined)
8.4L /100km (urban)
5.1L / 100km (extra urban)

9-3 TiD SportCombi:
5.9L / 100km (combined)
7.8L /100km (urban)
4.8L / 100km (extra urban)

New Linear Sport range

As part of its re-positioning of the Linear name plate in 2007, Saab is also launching Sport versions of the 9-3 TiD Linear range:

In Sport Sedan, the Linear Sport 1.9TiD gains 17 inch alloy wheels, sport chassis package, electric driver’s seat, fog lights and a colour matched exterior (including handles, skirts and bumpers), over the standard Linear 1.9TiD model.

The Linear Sport 1.9TiD Convertible gains 17 inch alloys, fog lights, comfort pack and colour matched exterior.

The Linear Sport 1.9 TiD SportCombi gains 17 inch alloys, electric driver’s seat, colour matched exterior as well as fog lights and Saab Parking Assistance.

9-3TiD Sport Sedan Outputs Manual Automatic
9-3 Linear 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $44,900 $47,400
9-3 Linear Sport 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $47,900 $50,400
9-3 TiD Convertible
9-3 Linear 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $67,400 $69,900
9-3 Linear Sport 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $69,400 $71,900
9-3TiD SportCombi
9-3 Linear 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $47,400 $49,900
9-3 Linear Sport 1.9TiD 110 kW / 320 Nm $50,400 $52,900

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