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Final batch of Saab 9-3 Convertibles. Image by Saab.

Final batch of Saab 9-3 Convertibles
Twenty six cars offered in total including seven Independence Edition models.
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The shipment consists of 26 right-hand drive cars that were hand-finished by the team at Trollhättan Saab dealership, ANA, which purchased the unfinished vehciles from the nearby Saab factory. The new cars are said to be the last and best equipped examples of Saab's Convertible and have all received cosmetic and powertrain updates from the MY12 model line-up.

Three levels of specification are available: SE, Aero and Independence Edition. The engine line-up consists of a 1.9-litre twin-turbo diesel engine with outputs if either 160- or 180hp and a 2.0-litre petrol engine available with either 163- or 220hp.

The range topping Independence Edition is powered by a 180hp, 1.9-litre twin-turbo diesel and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. Featuring a unique Amber Orange metallic paint finish, it is based on the top-of-the line Aero specification and includes a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows. It is further distinguished by five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish, parchment sport leather seats and lockable glovebox with amber orange highlights, a carbon-fibre look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearstick moulding and door handles, orange stitched sport leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping.

Originally 80 Independence models were pencilled in for UK import, but in total only seven right-hand drive models were imported in 2011 with a further seven in this shipment.

All 26 cars come with alloy wheels, leather trimmed interior, heated front seats, park assist and Bluetooth phone integration along with a host of safety systems including electronic stability programme, six airbags and Saab Active Head Restraints.

On-the-road prices for these last remaining Convertibles start from £22,750 and interested parties are asked to contact their local Saab Authorised Repairer for further details.

Paul Healy - 10 May 2012

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