• Jan 12th 2011 at 6:31PM
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Saab and Hirsch have made it official: The Swiss producer of go-fast parts will now offer a full line of upgrades for Saab vehicles in North America. Beginning in the spring of 2011, customers will be available to order Hirsch Performance products at select Saab dealers around the country.

A variety of parts will be offered for 2007-2011 Saab 9-3s and 2010-2011 9-5s, including engine mapping upgrades, spoilers, aero ground effects, suspension tuning, exhaust upgrades and even interior upfits like a carbon instrument panel. The Hirsch parts will be installed at dealerships and will not hinder the vehicle's warranty. Pricing and availability will be announced in the coming months. Follow the jump for Saab's official release.

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Saab Cars North America and Hirsch Performance AG Join Forces to Boost Performance of Saab 9-3 and 9-5

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab Cars North America and Hirsch Performance AG of Switzerland announced today that Hirsch Performance aftermarket products will be available for the 2007-11 model year, Saab 9-3 and 2010-11 model year 9-5 cars through select Saab dealers in the US beginning in the spring of 2011.

John Anderson, director of aftermarket sales and new business for Saab Cars North America, said, "Saab has had a long relationship with Hirsch in Europe and now we can offer performance enhancements for Saab customers' vehicles in the US. The advantage to Hirsch Performance parts is they are installed at authorized Saab dealers, do not affect the warranty or emission system performance of the vehicle and are high quality systems designed especially for Saab cars. Installation of the Hirsch Performance parts within 60 days of sale of the new vehicle will give the consumer the same warranty as a new vehicle, an advantage for our customers."

Manfred Lenherr, Sales & Marketing Director, Hirsch Performance AG, said, "Hirsch engineers worked hard to put together a performance engine calibration for the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 2.0L and 2.8L engines that provide an additional 30 horsepower for those who desire even more spirited performance from their cars. Hirsch offers a wide range of performance products specific to the 9-3 and 9-5, including wheels, exhaust systems, aero kits and interior appointments to enhance the already pleasurable Saab experience. The other advantage of Hirsch products is they only enhance the vehicle and do not affect sophisticated safety or emission systems."

Hirsch Performance aftermarket products include engine mapping performance upgrade, +30 hp, performance spring set, dual performance exhaust system, rear deck lid spoiler, carbon fiber aerodynamic ground effects kit (front splitter and diffuser), 4-piece grille set, Aluminum pedals, leather interior set and carbon instrument panel. Some Hirsch components are restricted to specific Saab models.

Pricing information and participating dealers for the Hirsch Performance parts will be available on: http://www.SaabUSA.com and Hirsch-performance.com in the near future.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep fighting the good fight, Saab. Manual transmission sportwagons FTW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would expect nothing better from a car company that boasts of having been created by flyers, only one of whom had a driver's license. Now ask yourselves if you would fly on a Boeing if it's selling point was *designed by drivers, only one of whom had flown on a plane before*. It's time for Saab to die. Actually that time was a long time ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hector, the "Born From Jets" slogan was developed and marketed by GM. GM did a lot worse to Saab than come up with a lame slogan. Truth is, there are a lot of people rooting for Saab? Why? Because some of us are not satisfied with cookie-cutter designs or engineering solutions. Don't like it? Don't buy one. I, for one, am giving Spyker a shot, they certainly deserve it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had an '04 9-3 and I loved it until all the systems started to fail. Including the power steering. I thought the car looked really sharp and it drove great before the aformentioned breakdown. I think if Saab wants to survive it needs to lower its sticker price because no one will buy a $55k 9-5 when they can buy a luxary brand car. Saab also needs to address the reliability issues by offering a really long warranty program like Hyundai did in order to show consumers that they stand behind their product. Saab also needs to rebuild the 9-3 from the ground up and not use any GM associated platforms.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are doing two of the three as we speak. The 9-5 Aero is the only model with that price, and if you stack it up against the like of BMW and Audi, while being competitively equiped, it comes in somewhere in the range of $6-8,000 cheaper. That being said, they also are offering lesser trim levels starting at around 38-39K if I'm not mistaken, so they are getting the pricing down some relative to other manufacturers.

        Also, the new 9-3 of Jason Castriota's design will be forthcoming. It will ride on a modified GM platform I believe, but will offer alternate engines, some of which will be sourced from BMW. So that's a couple years away from production, but it is in the works.

        As for the warranty, well, my guess is they will not make it 10-years, 100K miles like Hyundai, but you're right, it could stand to see a bit of improvement. Though the CPO program gives you 6 years - 100K miles. I'm on pace to hit about 100K on mine right at about the 6 year mark, so it's plenty for me...
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn, that is one good looking Saab and its good to see the brand addressing the enthusiasts. I hope theyll continue that with their future lineup
        • 4 Years Ago

        the subaru rebadge was the 9-2 which was long gone. i think the 9-3 is based on gm's epsilon (malibu?) platform
        • 4 Years Ago
        But that isn't really a Saab, right? I thought that was a Saabaru... (back from the GM years?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ditto! I would totally rock that...
        • 4 Years Ago
        One more reason to buy the '08 9-3 wagon on the dealers lot...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always wanted a Saab... They just need to find "one good reliable engine" to replace the current outdated crappy ECO. SAAB you resolve this and you'll be a player again... Thats all you need to get back on the map - - (1) reliable engine & you got game...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I heard about SAAB using a BMW engine in the new upcoming smaller SAAB. Didn't know the 93 is getting this treatment as well. If that's the case I'm on board! ***Thanks for the insight.....

        The SAAB revolution is here!
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      Charles River Saab in Watertown, MA has been offering Hirsch parts for close to a year now. They actually offered up a '09 fully loaded up with Hirsch parts, was only appearance piece's since we didnt have any access to suspension or tuning parts but everyone agreed its what GM should of done with the Saabs. The bits and piece's made the car in our eyes a step above the closest competitors in terms of look and quality. The leather wrapped dash was something everyone who looked at the car loved.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've often been tempted to buy a Saab, but they've never been quite what I'm looking for. This is a step in the right direction!
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