Saab has said it may kill the long-standing 9-3 nameplate in early 2013. A successor to the popular model is in the works for that timeframe (assuming, you know, that the company survives for that long), but Saab brass say they haven't decided whether to kill the moniker.

If Saab does decide to switch things up, the car's new handle will likely be pulled from the automaker's heritage, and for now, that's all the company will say about the possible re-naming. Saab also said that it is looking to refire production as early as the end of this month, and finally managed to pay their white-collar workers in full this month.


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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they make it that far. Personally I think it's a dumb idea. Building on a name and making it better and better is the way to go like corolla and civic. Doing the cavalier, cobalt, cruze thing is not. Any historic name they do use is going to be from such an old Saab nobody will remember it. Stick with 9-3.
        Emil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        "making it better and better ... like corolla and civic" Joke of the day?!
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if we don't end up w/ Saab 92, 93, 94, 95, 96 or 97 or 600/900/9000... ...we might get a Saab Monte Carlo, a Saab Sport or a Saab Sonett? Oh boy. Let's fix the company first and worry about names later.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't care less, honestly. 1. The 9-3 should have received a FMC ~2008-2009 and not 10 years after its introduction. The model is BEYOND stale and its sales prove this. 2. Who gives a crap about what it is going to be named? Just fix the company first, then don't change the name as people KNOW the 9-3.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      give it names like griffen or aero
      ultrasuede | cushion
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care what its called as long as they offering in Fjorismorgasbord Blue
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think this is necessary. Everyone knows the 9-3 and it is not as if the name was really "tarnished." They should just keep the name and focus on making a better new 9-3. Don't be Chevrolet with their Cavalier, Cobalt, Cruze etc.... It get's annoying.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now they're just saying ANYTHING to generate Buzz. This company got killed by horrendous ownership. Its not even sad anymore... just a cautionary tale for what NOT to do in the automotive industry. Shoot, PONTIAC had more of a reason/case to survive on its own than Saab at this point.
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saab has bigger fish to fry than to worry about the name of a vehicle. Personally I think the company is D.O.A.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Myself
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sod him off.
        EChid
        • 3 Years Ago
        I like how your girlfriend loves the Panasonic Lumix GF 1 SHE HASN'T EVEN RECEIVED YET. Plus, you said it was coming today in yesterday's spam. Sounds like that site has pretty shitty shipping.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Stop wasting time with the bashing and the downvotes and REPORT THE COMMENT!!!!!
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will say this for Saab. They used up their nine lives three lives ago. The company is in too much turmoil financially and they are only attracting the most loyal Saab owners instead of new blood. The chances for survival are bleak. People need to stop blaming GM entirely for the woes at Saab...they would have been long gone long ago had GM not bought them.
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      No way I would pay 40 or 50 large now for a Saab when you can't know how long the company will be around to address warranty claims. Just give it up already.
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @benzaholic
        I think they need to shoot for the 25-45 range for their vehicles. Anything more right now is ludicrous.
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