Monday Snippets

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8 Comments

  1. I was, too, confused as to why Saab USA hasn’t changed the incentives. The MY07’s have not changed on the GM Employee site, either.

    However the MY06’s have! Good luck finding any in inventory! IF they still offer the owner loyalty on the MY06, AND IF you are a current Saab owner, AND IF you can find a MY06 in inventory, you can score even bigger! Alot of IF’s. No mention about the loyalty, but here are the base MY 2006 incentives that went UP! (At last check, owner loyalty was $1000 on 9-2x/9-3 and $2000 on 9-5/9-7x.)

    Saab 9-2X $6,000
    Saab 9-3 2.0T Combi $7,000
    Saab 9-3 2.0T Sedan $5,000
    Saab 9-3 AERO Sedan $6,000
    Saab 9-3 AERO SportComb $8,500
    Saab 9-3 Convertible $7,000
    Saab 9-5 Sedan $9,000
    Saab 9-5 SportCombi $9,000
    Saab 9-7X SUV $7,000

  2. Yeah, I couldn’t find the MY07 incentives on the saabusa site or gminsider.

    Doesn’t make sense to have the dealer tell you the incentives…..people shop online first now-a-days, especially when comparing deals on cars.

  3. they are coming tomorrow most likely as the current ones expire today. last year i found out the latest incentives by calling the dealer.

  4. Mo,
    Those have been the same for several months. I thought, as did Swade, they would updated 7/3, but will check again tomorrow. 🙂

    (I bought my Combi on 4/29, and was told by my salesman that possibly on 5/1 there would be new incentives. There wasn’t! I was honestly happy they didn’t go up so soon, as I would’ve felt cheated out of a better deal.)

  5. The new rates are up! They are still offering Saab Loyalty — what a bargain!

    MY 2007

    Saab 9-3 (Entire Range) $4,000
    Saab 9-5 (Entire Range) $4,000
    Saab 9-7X SUV $5,000

    With Saab owner loyalty:
    Saab 9-3 (Entire Range) $5,000
    Saab 9-5 (Entire Range) $6,000
    Saab 9-7X SUV $7,000

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