I posted at the start of this month that Saab USA were going to be offering some over-age incentives on older stock, starting July 3. I’m a little bit miffed, then, as to why these aren’t showing up on Saab USA’s current offers site. This was rock-solid info straight from the horse’s mouth.
The offers were from $500 to $2,000 extra off over-age stock and were going to be applied by Saab USA to the oldest 30% of cars on dealers’ lots.
My only explanation is that perhaps this is one of those things that you have to go to the dealer to find out. Perhaps some dealers in the US could chime in via comments and let us know what’s happening with these?
With approximately one-third of Saab Australia’s sales being Convertibles, a stat I still find incredible, anything to do with the Convertible is now taking on a new meaning for me. I’m not an aspiring convertible owner, but their place in Saab’s lineup has now taken on a whole new meaning.
Which is one reason why i’m posting this video – it’s a quick look via The Auto Channel at the safety film of the 9-3 Convertible, which recently won a Top safety Pick award from the IIHS in the United States.
The other reason is that it features a guy I’ve corresponded with since the very start of my time doing this blog, Saab USA’s Jan-Willem Vester. A better ambassador for the brand you will rarely find.
In other convertible news, it’s unusual to get two Saab reviews in one week from the same publication, much less two separate reviews about the same car from one publication. Must be syndicated.
In any case, Driving.ca published two separate articles on the 9-3 Convertible last week, one a short piece by Robert Bostelaar in Ottawa and the other a longer review by Clare Dear for CanWest.
The Bostelaar article is a pretty short deal without too much to inform the initiated, but the Dear article does take one particular issue apart a little more than you’d expect – that of hard-tops vs soft-tops in the modern convertible market.
Saab has opted to stay with the folding fabric roof on its 9-3 convertibles and the dividends are obvious as soon as you open the trunk……Highway runs also demonstrated the exceptional fit of the soft roof. It’s lined and insulated, dramatically reducing wind noise and the sounds of pounding raindrops. The trim inside is so well finished you’d think this was a hardtop.
Long live the soft top, I say!
The ragtop is one of those convertible characteristics that should be preserved, and short of Saab coming up with some brand new alternative for the Convertible as we know it (watch this space) then that character element should definitely remain.
There’s an article at Forbes about European delivery, which mentions Seth B from one of the USA Saab clubs and Nines Magazine. I don’t want to gloss over Seth’s experiences (even though I am), but I was more struck by the guy who takes Euro delivery of a silver Porsche 911 every year.
Check it out here.