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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 5th 2009
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 5, 2009 Saab to return home to Sweden NEW GENERATION: Many hopes are pinned on the 2010 Saab 9-5 sedan. It has been a long time coming, but Saab's second-generation 9-5 sedan is the Swedish company's big new hope. Neil McDonald reports WITH the current mod- el 9-5 now more than 10 years old, the new version signals the dawn of a new era for the brand. Supercar maker Koenigsegg is stepping in to buy the embattled General Motors-owned carmaker and it will return to Swedish control after more than 20 years. This makes the arrival of the newest 9-5 critical to pave the way for future models, according to Saab Automobile's managing di- rector, Jan-ke Jonsson. The 9-5 is sleek, sophisticated and unmistak- ably Saab and gets its first airing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in two weeks. It will go on sale here next year. The car's styling is influenced by the award-winning Aero X concept car and pays homage to some traditional Saab design cues. Like Saabs of old, it will have a range of aircraft-inspired innova- tions like a head-up information display and the car's cabin is an evolution of its cockpit design. Like its rivals, it will get adap- tive bi-Xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, adaptive chassis tuning, keyless entry and starting, dual-zone climate control and dy- namic parking assistance. Saab's all-wheel drive, called XWD, and its eLSD limited slip differential will also be available. The range kicks off in Europe with a 134kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with CO2 emissions of 139g/km, as well as a 164kW 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine. All-wheel drive will be available on the top-of-the-line 223kW/ 400Nm 2.8-litre V6 turbo. Later, a smaller 120kW 1.6-litre petrol turbo will be introduced, together with a 2.0-litre BioPower E85 engine. All transmissions will be six-speed. Jonsson says the company has leveraged its heritage in key areas of the car's design. Visually the front is defined by a deep grille flanked with curving, eyebrow headlights. The ''dis- guised'' windshield and side A-pillars are reminiscent of the classic 900 model. Other Saab design cues are evident in the hockey stick belt- line, the strong rear C-pillars and the flowing roofline into the boot. Inside the cabin there is more leg and shoulder room, particu- larly in the back. The driver-focused cockpit is traditional Saab with a stop/start button replacing the ignition key. For these and more great offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers 7 seats Things you need to know: 1 Max. sale price for Barina 3 door hatch manual. 2 Max. sale price for Captiva SX AWD petrol automatic. Offer ends 30/09/09, unless extended. Available on selected models delivered before 30/09/09 or while stocks last at participating Holden Dealers. Holden reserves the right to change or extend these offers. Not available with other offers. Private or ABN buyers only. ‡ANCAP rating based on Barina 3 door hatchback. *Recommended driveaway price includes 12 months private registration, 12 months Compulsory Third Party insurance, dealer delivery and stamp duty. #Steel spare wheel. ◊Based on the Tax Law Amendment (Small Business and General Busi ness Tax Break) Act 2009. Eligibility criteria apply. HRE0388_HP2_A_HM From only Captiva SX AWD >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front airbags plus side curtain airbags >17" alloy wheels# >Leather wrap steering wheel $36,9902 Driveaway, no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. Great clearance deals across the entire Astra range. Limited stock. Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million could claim an additional 50% ta x deduction on eligible vehicles bought before 31/12/09 with the Federal Government's Investment Allowance. Talk with your tax advisor. See holden.com.au/latestoffers for details.◊ From only $13,9901 Driveaway, no more to pay.* Metallic paint extra. Barina 3 door Hatch >4-star ANCAP safety rating‡ >Dual front & side impact airbags >MP3 'plug & play' functionality >Front power windows & mirrors Hobart Motors Hobart 195 Macquarie Street 03 6230 7300
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