Saab Ditches 9-3 and Gets Old School for Name

Report

Saab may ditch the 9-3 name in favor of 9-2, which looks to be the likely candidate for the next generation model.

The Saab 9-3 could be getting a new name for the next generation that is due out sometime in 2013. The current 9-3 model was a nice performing car when it first debuted back in 2002, but has since then become victim to GM's neglect for Saab. The 9-3 has taken a rough journey through the market to increase sales with poor feedback from customers. The reason could very stem from its 9-3 brand name, which has not really impressed buyers since the initial debut.

Saab now has decided to go back to the drawing board and rename the 9-3 something more appealing that reaches out directly to their targeted audience. Tim Colbeck, president of Saab Cars North America, said that the 9-3's successor will be scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2013 with an "edgy" re-imaging of Saab traditional styling from previous models. The upcoming 9-3 seems like a modern interpretation of the Saab 92, which was a model produced from the late 1940's through the 1950's. There are now reportedly a total of five designs for the 92 currently being reviewed by Saab's executive design director.

You Might Also Like
10 Supercars With Muscle Car Engines
10 Supercars With Muscle Car Engines
The Greatest Turbocharged Cars Of All Time
The Greatest Turbocharged Cars Of All Time

In the meantime, Saab continues to ponder the name for the next generation 9-3. "9-2" may very well be a likely successor and top candidate. A few years ago, Saab used the numbers for the 9-2X, which was essentially a restyled Subaru Impreza 5-door.

Gallery

2
PHOTOS