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Saab To Hatch New Concept At Frankfurt

August 18, 2003

At a special event on September 8 — in conjunction with next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show — Saab will unveil a new ‘Sport-Hatch’ concept car. The Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept — a sporty, five-door, four-seat car is packaged in a ‘fastback’ shape that draws its inspiration from the Saab 9-3X ‘cross-over coupé’ concept that premiered last year. Powered by a 250 bhp, 2.0-liter turbo engine, the 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept signifies Saab’s intention to enter the mid-size wagon segment with a product that reflects Saab’s traditions. The concept team, under Saab Executive Director of Design Michael Mauer, has expanded a number of exterior and interior design themes from the 9-3X concept car — signaling Saab’s future in this segment. “Just as the 9-3X occupies a position where coupé meets off-roader, this car represents a cross-over point between hatchback and wagon,” says Mauer. “We have promised the largest product offensive in our history,” said Saab CEO Peter Augustsson, “and this concept demonstrates our intent to continue to evolve and expand the 9-3 model line.”
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