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Highlights of the Saab Booth

The Saab booth at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show was designed with a contemporary Scandinavian theme and aptly reflects the character of the make. The booth features the Saab 9-3 Sports-Hatch Concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, flanked by two models already on the market: the new 9-3 Convertible, which was fully remodeled with an all-new platform in 2003, and the 9-5 Estate, which has been refined following a few minor changes and is enjoying a accolades. Flagship-grade Aero versions of both models are on display.

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General Motors Japan Ltd.
Yebisu Garden Place Tower 27th Floor 20-3, Ebisu 4-chome, Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-6027, Japan

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Highlights of the Cars on Display [Concept models]
Saab 9-3 Sports-Hatch Concept

The distinctive five-door four-seater Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept offers sporty, driver-focused high performance, while seeking the stylistic reconciliation of multi-purpose hatchbacks and wagons. It is designed for those with active, outdoor lifestyles who seek a sporty and rewarding driving experience that also delivers the versatility they need. The Saab 9-3 Sports-Hatch Concept conveys for the first time Saab's intention of entering the midsize wagon segment, while maintaining Saab's classic 5-door design. The exterior and interior styling follow themes from the Saab 9-3X crossover coupe concept and the current 9-3 Sport Sedan. The purposeful stance is reinforced by front and rear treads that are wider than in the Sport Sedan and bring the large 20-inch wheels out to the edge of the bodywork. Wheel arches are distinctively flared, with a flat vertical face. The wedge-shape profile and high, rising waistline are Saab signatures, as is the stretched teardrop shape of the side window glazing. The hydraulically powered tailgate in the 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept extends down to floor level, providing a flat platform without a sill for easy loading. The remotely operated tailgate can be opened and closed while carrying two bicycles mounted in upright positions. The 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with a maximum output of 250 horsepower. This direct injection engine raised low-end torque by 15% and improves combustion and fuel consumption. Moreover, the use of a twin-scroll turbocharger, a first for Saab, more effectively harnesses exhaust pulse energy by separating the gas flow into two channels instead of one. The FWD (front-wheel-drive) format of the 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept incorporates a multi-link rear suspension as well as Saab's own ReAxs passive rear-wheel steering system. This ReAxs improves cornering performance by preventing excessive understeer, helping the tail of the car follow the direction of the front wheels instead of the nose and is subsequently responsive to the driver's commands.

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Highlights of the Cars on Display [Production models]
Saab 9-3 Convertible Aero

The new Saab 9-3 Convertible was developed to meet stringent standards based on experience and know-how cultivated over time in the premium open-top car segment. As a result, the car has been reborn as a new-generation, premium convertible.
In addition, having been developed to be "more than a convertible," it has achieved the highest level of structural rigidity, superior quality, and sophisticated performance in its class. Furthermore, the fundamental development philosophy with respect to Saab's open-top car has evolved to produce a practical and stylish finish and includes a host of innovative features. The car has adopted the 9-3 Sport Sedan's highly acclaimed chassis dynamics and all-turbo engine lineup making it "fun-to-drive" and combines the refreshment of open-air motoring with the driving performance of a sport sedan.

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Torsional rigidity in the 9-3 is almost three times greater than that of its predecessor. This was achieved through the development of a second "supplementary" twin chassis that compensates for the absence of a fixed roof. Rigidity is further enhanced by linking the front, rear and side structures. The 9-3 Aero Convertible has a fully automatic, hydraulically powered triple-layer roof that deploys in just 20 seconds, the fastest in its class.
Saab 9-5 Estate Aero

The 2004 Saab 9-5 Estate Aero will be unveiled at the 37th Tokyo International Motor Show. With a luxurious package and superior performance, the 9-5 Aero is a convincing choice in the premium sector for discerning customers. The 9-5 Aero Estate offers the most versatile luggage handling in its class. The convenient Cargo Tracks are load-anchoring rails located in the cargo compartment floor featuring adjustable securing loops to which load straps can be attached to secure objects of varying sizes and shapes. Like the rest of the 9-5 series, Saab has improved the powertrain, chassis and safety of the 9-5 Estate Aero. Saab's 2.3-liter High-Output Turbo engine produces a maximum of 250 horsepower (187 kw) at 5,300 rpm, and peak torque is 350 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The outstanding safety of the 9-5 family has been recognized by the EuroNCAP, which awarded the series its highest five-star rating for driver and front-seat passenger protection in its New Car Assessment Program.

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