Fun Facts: Saab 9-3
- The Saab 9-3 is essentially a rebadged version of the second generation Saab 900 that started production from 1994 to 1998. The 9-3 shares its platform from GM Epsilon with Opel Vectra and Cadillac BLS. These two cars were also built alongside the Saab 9-3 in Trollhttan, Sweden from 1998 to 2009.
- During the onset of the 1999 model year, the Saab 9-3 was rebranded as 93 to conform to the naming strategy of their larger sedan offering; the 95. In colloquial conversations, the Saab 9-3-pronounced as "nine three"-is often mistaken with the Saab 93 (ninety three); a sedan that began production in 1955 and ended in 1960.
- The most monumental event that marked the name of the Saab 9-3 to car enthusiasts worldwide is the introduction of the Saab 9-3 Viggen, or "thunderbolt" in English. It came with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine that kicks up to 230 horsepower. The engine is very impressive that acceleration from 0-100 km/h can be reached in 6.4 seconds. And because the incredible speed of the sedan requires extra handling skill, Viggen buyers in the USA were treated to two days of advanced driving instructions in Road Atlanta.
- The second-generation Saab 9-3 that was released during the 2003 model year saw the elimination of the hatchback design. The car became available as a four-door type, a wagon, and a two-door convertible. This model also saw the introduction of the Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR II) that reduces whiplash injuries during sudden braking activity.
- 2004 was the best year for the Saab 9-3 because it was the year that the vehicle garnered the most media attention. It earned the endorsement of the US Consumer Reports Magazine by being named a "Recommended Buy." Among many other awards, it was named the Compact Executive Car of the Year by Auto Trader in the UK, and the Best European Intermediate Sedan by Car Plus in Hong Kong.
- Since 2005 up to 2009, the Saab 9-3 was consistently chosen as the Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the United States.