Introducing: The SAAB 9-3 Cabriolet MY14

When the first 900 Convertible was introduced in 1986, SAAB really turned the market for convertibles upside down. SAAB's 900 and 9-3 convertibles were a resounding success and are generally considered to be the true icons in the segment. Uusikaupunki, Finland and Graz, Austria were the assembly plants before the Cabriolet production was relocated to Trollhättan in 2009, the same location where regular production halted in 2011. Since December 2013 however, MY14 9-3 SportSedans were manufactured and only last week, a thoroughly upgraded 9-3 Cabriolet left stabl ...


The first convertible
A SAAB Cabriolet has always been extremely high on my wish list. Apart from stunning design and great performance, the feeling of freedom when driving down the roof is just unsurpassed. I could've just been on the look out for one for many years, but never again.

A SAAB dealer in Falun (some 2009 kilometers north of Stockholm) had a MY300 08-9 Cabriolet Vector in Arctic White for sale. Not just what the 3t BioPower automatic loaded with options (eg cornering xenon headlights and the premium sound system with xnumx cd changer), it features the light beige roof and parchment leather interior that i really liked. The car was technically in the process of being used as a demo vehicle and as a result of the GM announcement of an "orderly wind down" of SAAB, I was able to negotiate a great deal and trade in my MY05 9-3 SportSedan I had been driving earlier.
I still remember the talks I had with the salesman vividly. SAAB brand. He was talking about, but so what really expressing deep passion for the SAAB brand. He drove an almost identical 9-3 himself and I did not regretted that "summer car" all year round, something I actually did the first two years and never regretted.

Brother and Sister: the MY14 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan next to the “MY14” 9-3 Vector Cabriolet.

Apart from the usual maintenance and a paint sealant, I never felt the urge to do any upgrades to the car. It was perfect just the way it was! Well ... until I got the MY14 9-3 Sedan, Then Orio ran a campaign here in Sweden with great deals on front bumper / grill upgrades. MY08 9-3 into a MY14-inspired version. Although a TurboX / TX has been quite nice too, I have to try and try my MYXNUMX XNUMX-XNUMX.

Interior of the “MY14” SAAB 9-3 Cabriolet.

The one thing I never realized could make a big difference were the leather deer door handles. They were also fitted in the 9-3N Sedan and they really provide a premium feeling to the car. If you ask me, they should be standard on any SAAB. Finding a set turned out to be more difficult (like with most deer accessories at the moment), but I was lucky in the end. Another orabi service provided the dashboard to titan look and SAAB Service Center to install the whole bunch.

The “MY14” SAAB 9-3 Convertible

The big change however what the exterior. I love the MY14 front. A more modern, stylish and somewhat brutal look, with the larger aircraft wing around the SAAB logo and the very distinctive fog lights. The bulbs and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) were introduced by SAAB Automobile as part of the MY12 / Griffin series, but NEVS went a step further by introducing LED Bulbs and Daytime Running Lights (DRL). These DRLs turned out to be a major challenge for my upgrade attempt as the electrical values ​​of the new bulbs do not match the pre-MY14 9-3's.

The “MY14” SAAB 9-3 Convertible


The MY14 Convertible by NEVS
These DRL modifications required experts and I found them at NEVS in Trollhättan! Not at the factory as you may suspect, but actually at their service department. Probably one of NEVS “best kept secrets”, this part of the NEVS 'Technical Development Center has actually been operations since 2013 and is run by a team of highly experienced professionals. The team did nothing short of an outstanding job. A new MY14 front (with working DRL's!), An updated back and the finishing touch with MY14 SAAB logos on the steering wheel, the rims and on the ignition key. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better it turned out that my car had received thorough cleaning and a waxing treatment. It feels I got a new car and this is what the MY14 SAAB 9-3 Cabriolet could have looked like!

The all-new 9-3 Convertible
9-3 Cabriolet and love writing about it, I would like to write about all-new 9-3. When I spoke to NEVS President Mattias Bergman recently, he confirmed that the Cabriolet was back in production. While most of the tools and required body presses are available, not all of them are. It has been been way too costly in the meantime (or at the suppliers' own expense). Bergman did confirm that however, the convertible is unique and essential to the brand and that is NEVS is working hard on a Phoenix-based product portfolio that is broader than SAAB Automobile has ever had. ace previously-announced in June, a new Business Plan is being worked on as we speak that will further underpin this and I am expecting NEVS to share more details soon. Until then ... time to enjoy my “new” 9-3 Cabriolet before it goes into winter storage 🙂

Design study (in clay) of a new convertible model shown on display at the NEVS open house during the 2015 Saab Festival.


13 thoughts on "Introducing: The SAAB 9-3 Cabriolet MY14"

  • Evening Michèl, this is even better in reality I think. These 9-3 convertibles look truly stunning in arctic white, and yours is especially elegant with the cream roof. Apologies for not putting up The Swedish Collection part 3 yet, it's coming very soon. Great article, I may need to use some of the detail for mine. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • Thanks, Paul. Quite pleased with the result and greetings back

  • Those are great led fog light !!!
    9-4x Aero and does NEVS 2007 9-3 model fog light with LED (without installing after market bulbs)

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    Hi Michael, the car is really nice - but it was also nice before. I don`t understand why you changed the logos. I don`t like the NEVS-Style SAAB logo ...

    • Thank you for the feedback. Regarding the logo's I guess it's all a matter of taste, Matthias! As my aim for the upgrade was to have it resemble the look & feel of the MY14 9-3 Sedan, logically all the logo's would need to change as well, and I personally find the “white-on-black” style a great fit with the rest of the car. Finally, as a side note: while NEVS indeed started using the SAAB logo on a black background, this color scheme isn't new and has been used many years back also by SAAB Automobile.

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    Nice info and history.
    But I'm waiting for news about the Evs, the beginning of autumn is finished soon.

  • What I wanted to say . Despite NEVS parts very nice car, but I would have let the griffin.

  • So, the business plan announced by NEVS for autumn. The leaves fall from the trees and you hear nothing from the former NEVS-occupied Saab factory. Let's see if and what will be there in the near future. NEVS: negative events promise bad

    • Hi Peter- I don't share your sentiment but I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion about what is or what isn't happening in Trollhättan. I would suggest to hold off comments on the business plan until more details of it (and the progress made to date) actually get announced 🙂

  • a white convertible ... that's really a beauty. My second saab is a 900 II conv. in that color, i love it!

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    I was misled by the headline, hoping to read something like a new car made of remained parts has left Trolhättan's factory, adding one more SAAB to the roads.

    Nonetheless, what a beauty! ! !

    • Thank you Herbert. Stay tuned on news regarding new models ...

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