Lets speak about a brand which is famous for its build quality. The car which is commonly referred to as the “Swedish Car with Aircraft Quality”, “a Well Built Swede”, and “One of the Most Intelligent Car Ever Built” . Yes, it is one of the most predominant Swedish Cars and Mr.James Bond’s Choice- its nothing but the SAAB.
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The Great Rise:
Before previewing the newly released Saab. We would surely need to take a look back to its history, so we can understand SAAB’s greatness and why it is considered as one of the predominant automobile manufacturer in the world. Saab was first started in the year in 1945. But the roots of this car come back from 1937, where Saab AB (Svenska Aeroplan AB) a Swedish aerospace and defense company was started in Linköping-Sweden, in order to build the aircrafts for Swedish Air-force as World War II started provoking at that moment and Europe stared actively participating in World War II. The European armies were in dire need of air based weaponry and at that moment Saab AB was considered as one of the major sources for air based weaponry. As the war gets settled, the market for airplanes were slowly decreased and the company was looking for a new market to continue. In 1945 the automobile market boomed, getting Saab to enter in to the automobile market and in the same year Saab introduced a single engine car Saab 91. In 1948 after moving to Trollhättan, and doing some projects there, Saab finally introduced Saab 92 in 1949 and continued it until 1969
1969-89: Saab Changed into Saab Scania
In 1969 Saab was overtaken by Scania-Vabis, a leading Truck company and 10 years later Saab Scaniareleased the mix-over as Saab 900 and it was considered one of the best-selling cars of the year. After releasing Saab 9000 in mid-1988’s both companies were moved a part.
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1989-2010: Saab, takeover by General Motors
After gaining 50% of Saab ownership rights and the other 50% in 2011 GM gained the official ownership of Saab. Under GM, Saab has released models such as Saab 9-2, Saab 9-5, Saab 9-7x . In 2010 GM sold Saab to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars.
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2010-14: Reinventing Saab.
In 2010, due to investment problems the Swedish automobile maker didn’t release any Saab cars into the market. After bankruptcy and a billion dollar damage it sold Saab to a Chinese based company: National Electric Vehicle (Nev) in 2012. They had a couple of patent rights war with Scania ( due to the logo Saab has set to observation states ) , and in 2013 all the claims were dismissed and now Saab is all set to roll again with its new release the 2014 SAAB 9-3.
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2014 SAAB 9-3:
Haven looking back in to its history and how Saab was changed hands among some of the finest automobile companies, I think Saab is truly a wounded warrior. So let’s jump into the overview of the new release 2014 SAAB 9-3
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Carrying the historical legacy, the new 2014 SAAB 9-3 is at first sold in China and Sweden, as these two countries are considered as the past and present for this car. However this model can be available to other countries also but the major priorities will be Sweden and China. Here are the technical specification of this car:
The 2014 SAAB 9-3 looks super stunning with a nice elongated body and looks attractive. The matt metallic finished radiator grille at the front adds an elegant look to this car. The added advantages of this car are its alloy wheels, and its sportive suspension, these things make the car suitable for On-road and Off-road driving too. Fog lights which are present at the rear end of this car are often visible from qualified distances. The side of this car looks even more stunning and the side design resembles the second generation Saab 9-5. The exteriors include Day time Running Lights in the spoiler front and the Bi-xenon headlights cornering around the window are neatly placed.
Luxury and Comfort are two basic principles when it comes to the interiors of this car. The interior specs includes Automatic climate control with two different climate zones, air filtering cabin, Cruise Control System, Automatic light length controls. The car is equipped with sensors to control length of the light from front lamps, has a rear parking sensor and wiper Sensors to detect rain. The central locking system has an electronic key for central controlling.
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Safety is one of the main aspects of this car. We can safely say that the safety features of this car resemble the U.S president’s Cadillac which is considered as one of the safest cars in the world !
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS) + EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)
- TPM (Tire Pressure Monitoring)
- 2 stage Airbags
- Cargo shift protection
- Anti-Theft Alarm
- Side Impact Protection (roof mounted airbags) on side and roof too.
- Follow me home functioning program
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
- Safety Padding System
Power and Performance
Power to this car comes from a 4-cylinder turbocharged straight engine with direct fuel injection which can reach a maximum torque upto Nm350 ECC at 2000-4000 RPM (Rotation per Minute). The company says that the Saab can reach 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.9 Secs with a top speed reaching up to 240Kmph. This vehicle is also considered as one of the eco-pro vehicle as it has lowest carbon gas emission rate up to 170/195 g/km. The 6-speed Manual/Auto transmission provides precise amount of power to this car.
By observing all the specs of SAAB 9-3, this wounded soldier can certainly have all the qualities in order to regain its lost title and can certainly rule the automobile world. Hhmm… one day Saab will become Mr.Bond’s choice again as it has all the requisites ( As the tag line says its truly “Born From Jets” ! )