The History of The Saab Convertible

Three Generations of The Saab Convertible

Three Generations of The Saab Convertible

The Saab Convertible has seen three generations, with nearly 300,000 models being sold around the world, and 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch.

The Saab Convertible has seen three generations, with nearly 300,000 models being sold around the world, and 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch.

1986 is where the story began, when 400 Saab 900 Convertibles were manufactured for the US market. A year later , it went on sale in Europe, and demand exceeded production capacity.

The second generation Saab 900 came to market in 1998, with an improved design, increased capacity and the move to a hydraulically-powered soft top.

In 2003 the Saab Convertible saw its third and current generation, bringing with it the fastest soft-top in operation in its segment, automatic climate control for a heating mode with the top down and improved interior styling.

The Saab Convertible's DynaCage rollover protection, pop-up rear roll bars and integrated front seatbelts allowed it to be the first soft top to achieve a five star NCAP safety rating.

In February 2011, Saab celebrated the first anniversary of its rebirth as an independent company and launched the Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition, featuring a 1.9 litre TTiD 180hp engine, six speed automatic transmission and Amber Orange metallic paintwork.

Further features of the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition include:

  • Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
  • Parchment sport leather seats and glove box with amber orange highlights
  • Carbon-fibre look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift moulding and door handles
  • Driver 'welcome' message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
  • Orange stitched sport leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

A limited 366 units have been produced, one for each day during the first year, plus one extra for the start of the second. Of the 366, 80 are available in the UK, currently on sale in dealerships.

Published 2 June 2011 Staff

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