A United States man who gave away his Saab vehicle to a museum after working up whopping 1,6 million kilometres has been given a free replacement vehicle. Saab didn’t give anything at first to the salesman Peter Gilbert after he gave his 1989 Saab 900 to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum.
But the Swedish car giant has now had a change of heart and decided to give him a new Saab 9-5 Aero. “I am on cloud nine right now. This is exactly the car I wanted,” Mr Gilbert said. Saab verified the high mileage on Mr Gilbert’s car last summer. He had hoped they would give him a new car then – but he didn’t get so much as a T-shirt.
An attractive wagon version and a powerful new turbo-charged V6 engine increase the appeal of the 2006 Saab 9-3. The 9-3 compact sedan, which debuted in 1999 and was last redesigned in model-year 2003, has rescued Saab from the brink of extinction. But it’s a bittersweet success story, as the car is definitely more conformist than past Saabs.
General Motors brought the ailing Saab brand fully under its corporate umbrella in 1999. To broaden the brand’s appeal and cut costs, the current-generation 9-3 is built on GM’s front-wheel-drive Epsilon platform. Gone is the sloping rear and yawning hatchback that defined the Saab 900, which the 9-3 replaced in model-year 1999.
Automakers with remaining 2006 inventory are getting desperate in some cases to get rid of their lot. Cars.com has assembled the 10 best incentive offers based on the percentage off of a car’s base MSRP, and Kia tops the list by offering 26.32% off the Sorento and 23.87% of off the Sedona minivan.
Why so much? Because they’re 2005 models! The third vehicle on the list, however, is the most appealing to us. Saab wants to get rid of the last remaining 9-2X models and is offering $5,000 off of the car’s base MSRP, which amounts to a substantial 21.75% discount on what is essentially a more luxurious Subaru WRX. The rest of the list is as follows.