1 June 2011
Saab 9-3 Cabriolet

Saab 9-3 Cabriolet

Raising the roof on 25 years of innovation

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1 June 2011 | 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Saab's iconic Convertible, which has played a leading role in growing and moulding the shape of the automotive landscape. Three generations of Saab Convertible have hit the road in the last quarter of a century and almost 300,000 have been sold around the world, establishing the vehicle as a global icon for the brand.

The journey of the iconic car began in 1986 when a production run of just four hundred Saab 900 Convertibles came off the line for the US market. The Saab 900 Convertible impressed the world with its good looks and bespoke design without compromising on style. Above all, it fulfilled Saab's uncompromising requirements of good quality build and materials and the orders reflected this. By the time the 900 Convertible went on sale in Europe that year, demand exceeded production capacity.

Saab 9-3 Cabriolet

Seven years later and a second generation came to the market. Autumn 1993 saw the all-new Saab 900 Convertible arrive under the banner: "We didn't invent the Convertible, but we made a Saab of it". This second generation model and its Saab 9-3 evolution in 1998 became an icon, with more stylish design, a move to a hydraulically -powered soft top and increased storage capacity.

2003 brought a whole host of innovations to the Saab Convertible with the launch of the third and current generation, which features the fastest soft-top in operation in its segment, automatic climate control adjustment for a 'top down' heating mode and superior interior styling.

Saab celebrated the first anniversary of its rebirth as an independent company in February 2011 by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. The 1.9-litre TTiD Independence Edition Convertible is based on the top-of the-range Aero specification with a 180 hp engine, six-speed automatic transmission and unique Amber Orange metallic paint finish, a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows, distinctive interior trim and comprehensive equipment.

Saab 9-3 Cabriolet

Just 366 examples have been produced; one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year. Only 80 of these vehicles have been produced for the UK and are on sale at dealerships now.

 

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