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Griffin Up! - In support of Saab Automobile – click above to watch video

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New Saab 9-5 sedan - Click above for hi-res image gallery

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Koenigsegg CCX meets Saab Aero X concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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For a car designer, being honored by ELLE magazine might not be something you rush to append to your Curriculum Vitae. On the other hand, good design is good design, and the difference between the design cognoscenti and lay people is largely an ability to verbalize the pleasing elements of a form. Most people unschooled in the history and theory of design merely say "it's nice, I like it," or the oft-uttered phrase around Autoblog HQ - "that's hot."

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There's plenty in store for Saab in the coming years, with a substantial revision of a current model, a new crossover, and a new entry range all in the works. Saab USA's GM, Steve Shannon, chatted up the editors at Inside Line to spill some of the beans. The 9-5 is slated for a complete redesign sometime between 2009 and 2012, where the car will get updated styling and a selection of new powertrains.

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It doesn't seem that Saab is too concerned about the public getting a glimpse of its 9-3 sedan wearing a new front fascia. We've already reported on spy shots of various lightly camoflouged models, and now we've discovered shots of a 9-3 sedan with no camo spotted in Sweden by a member of the Saab Turbo Club Sweden forum.

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We brought you spy shots of the updated Saab 9-3 SportCombi wagon a couple of weeks ago, but a similarly updated Saab 9-3 Convertible has just been caught in the same area and this one's not covered in snow. The new grille inspired by the Aero X is present and we can see clearly now how the new curved hood meets up with it. The front and rear bumpers are both new, and the door handles for the new 9-3 will reportedly come straight off the Euro-market Cadillac BLS (they're not using them, so why n

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Swade over at Trollhattansaab.net, the mecca of Saab sites on the web, has again come through with a tantalizing shot of the 2008 Saab 9-3. Shown winter testing someplace where it's really cold and snowy, this 9-3 SportCombi test mule is sporting a new grille design that evokes the longish snout of the Aero X that was so well received at last year's Geneva Motor Show. Swade notes the new nose isn't a total transfer of the Aero X's look, probably because this refreshening will be a transition fac

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Imagine filling up your tank, complaining that gas prices have gone up yet again and cursing your choice to get the turbo engine with a penchant for premium petrol, when all of a sudden, the Saab Aero X pulls up alongside your ride. The top swooshes up and the doors rise slowly like a fighter jet opening up to allow its heroic pilot passage from the vehicle, and you feel the drool start to trickle to the corner of your mouth... or at least that's how we, as mere mortals, would fee

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