Coverage for the 2008 Saab 9-3 has been widespread and the good news is that it’s all been…..good news!
XWD has, of course, been the dominant point of interest, with the brilliant new TTiD engine coming in a close second.
CarsGuide is the automotive section of the Murdoch press here in Australia. I received a couple of emails yesterday from Saabisti on the mainland to tell me that the Saab 9-3 featured in CarsGuide with a full picture on the back page of the newspaper liftout.
Well, I’m pleased to report that the Tasmanian issue of CarsGuide went one better and featured the 2008 Saab 9-3 on the front cover, with a pretty decent headline to go with it:
That’s some pretty good coverage and I’m quite sure it’s going to get a few people into the showroom here.
The article itself isn’t online yet as far as I can tell (carsguide top stories are here), but here’s a few of their thoughts:
Given Saab’s ability and penchant for loads of torque and front wheel drive, there are a number of models in the brand’s history that could have warranted AWD before now – involuntary lane change in a Viggen anyone?….
….We did 1650 (sales) last year and this year we’re tracking 16.5% up on that. We’re aiming for June 30 to be over 20% up. It’s a great start” Mr Batish says…..“The new 9-3 will help boost sales and you’ve got to make money to invest in products”
With memories of the Viggen still strong, it was almost a relief to be sitting in behind the wheel of an all-wheel drive Saab…..
…..Flinging the first car through the U-shaped dirt course certainly kept the minders alert, but the grip, poise and general ability of the all-wheel-drive system felt considerable….
….Repeated laps did little to diminish the first impression, with the turbo V6 getting plenty of grunt to ground and building speed quickly down the short back straight….
….the new diesel is a big step forward for Saab…The new 9-3 has been fitted with more engine bay insulation and the new turbodiesl is much quieter as a result, although you’re still aware of its design at idle.
The power delivery has been improved considerably, offering broad spread of torque and power delivery in the upper rev ranges – most un-diesel like and more like a petrol engine than ever.
I’m a bit sick of all these journos being scared of Viggens 😉
But seriously, you all need to go drive this car and see for yourselves the improvements they’ve made. Most of them are unseen, but the total package really is great.