Saab celebrates its independence with special-edition 9-3 droptop


To celebrate the first anniversary of the Swedish carmaker's "independence" (from corporate ownership, ie: GM), Saab has released this special edition of the 9-3 Convertible. Based on the Aero Griffin 9-3 Convertible model, the special edition will include Amber Orange metallic paint; Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish; orange trimmed beige sports leather seats; carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles; and a special instrument display, with turbo boost gauge. Only 366 9-3 Independence Special Edition convertibles will be built with either a 180 hp turbo diesel or a 220- turbo four mated to a six-speed manual or automatic. No official word on US importation, but don't expect to see many or any of these on this side of the pond.

Source: Saab - Press release after the jump.

Press Release:
Limited Edition Saab Convertible Celebrates First Year of Independence


Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification and includes a limited edition number etched into the rear side windows.

The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:
• Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
• Orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox
• Carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles
• Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
• Orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

The powertrain choice comprises a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel; a 220 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing, and a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel. All engines are available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible.