Saab 9-3

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The Saab 9-3 is a compact executive car produced by the automaker Saab in Trollhättan, Sweden. The convertible (cabriolet) version is manufactured in Austria by Magna Steyr. The 9-3 shares platform with the Opel Vectra, and with the Cadillac BLS made on the same assembly line in Sweden. It is Saab’s entry-level model, except in 2005-2006, when the Subaru Impreza-based Saab 9-2X was its entry-level model.

The car is badged as 93. Saab however consistently advertises it as 9-3. The name is pronounced “nine three”. The 9-3 was introduced in 1998[1] and succeeded by a redesigned 9-3 in model year 2003. The Saab 93, pronounced “ninety three” was a car produced by Saab from 1955 to 1960.

The first generation 9-3, a substantially improved last-generation Saab 900 was launched in 1998 for the 1999 model year. It featured slightly sleeker styling with some models sporting a black rear spoiler and removed Saab’s trademark centrally-mounted “snow flap”. It was available as a three or five-door hatchback, and as a two-door convertible. It was the last small Saab to use the company’s H engine. Notable improvements over the Saab 900 were improved ride and handling and substantially improved crashworthiness with standard side impact airbags with head protection and active headrests. The Saab 9-3 along with the Saab 9-5 and the Volvo S70 were the first cars in the world to earn the maximum score in a side impact augmented by a pole test[citation needed] based on Euro NCAP testing.

It was also available with a new variant of the B204 engine (B204E), a low pressure turbo (LPT) engine based on the B204L used in the last generation Saab 900. The first generation 9-3 was also the first Saab available with a diesel engine, an Opel sourced engine shared with the Opel Vectra.

A Saab innovation is the ‘Night Panel’, carried over from the Saab 900, which permits dousing of the instrument panel lighting, except for essential information, for less distraction when night driving.