Fancy Saab. The final Saab design evolution.

For some things, the decision is confirmed months later as correct and wrong in others. Design has half-lives, and good design is very durable. Saab is reputed to have always delivered timeless elegance.

Saab Griffin design

The half-life of Saab Design

The Griffin conversion in Bamberg is now a few months back, the euphoria in the beginning was great. The Black Griffin design package gave the 9-3 what was missing in the 2008er design. Clear edge instead of rounded, bio-dynamic lines. More Saab, more clarity, more individuality.

And today, months later, the excitement is still holding. The Saab looks modern but not fashionable. The ice blue headlights shimmer mysteriously and depending on the light in a different blue tone. Front to front with other, far more up-to-date cars from Sweden, the 9-3 looks dewy. The rear is tidier, the Saab logos are more present. The Saab shows flag. It's just fun to look at the car and drive it.

Is that easy beyond all reason? Yes, perhaps. Because you take money in hand, and yet only an older car converted to additional individuality. But a good, sustainable decision, because you will have more fun with your Saab. Because he just does not age, but looks younger. An already produced car is an eco-friendly car, and upgrading with the Griffin Black Edition is an alternative way for more sustainability - combined with more enjoyment.

The final Saab Design Evolution

Griffin Design is the final evolution of what the brand's design team has designed. There will be no replenishment, which is a loss. Because, under the current circumstances, nothing will come from Sweden, which could make us happy. The owners of the old Saab factory had given 2016 a new minimum target for us in the summer. Saab Design should continue to live and be found in all NEVS vehicles. After giving up the revitalization of the brand, this promise is now obsolete. There was originally a Saabi design designed for the NEVS 9-3 electric car in Trollhättan design.

It was rejected, it was too Saab to the Chinese shareholders. The maximum is the continuous rear bar on the NEVS 9-3x Concept. Everything else did not originate in the Design Studios in Sweden. A Korean team working for Kia and Hyundai drew the Concept Cars.

With this background I would do it again at any time. Because you make it special for yourself and your automobile heart. And because it's the last evolutionary step from the studios of a big, old car brand.

10 thoughts too "Fancy Saab. The final Saab design evolution."

  • "... an already produced car is an environmentally friendly car ..."

    Ha! Exactly that I tell my acquaintance also always, if someone over my Saab times of "polluter" or similar. speaks.
    ... and I like to tell you how many years I can drive around with my comparatively "huge sling", for example, if they only fly 1-2x a year. 😉
    ... is always something to relativise or to put in relation.

    Very nice 9-3 SC by the way - nice pictures !!!
    I would not even see it as a new car optically far from being "outdated"! Just timelessly modern!
    (and I was not such a fan of the 9-3 SCs because of the long taillights)

  • Dear Tom,
    I'm also the proud owner of a 9 3 2.0t Vector Sports Suit, Bioethanol (MJ08) in the same color Jetblack Metallic with some deer gadgets. (SW, leather interior, strut brace, etc.). When I read your article and see the photos I'm very tempted to do the same!
    Thanks for the thought-provoking!
    Unfortunately, we will not get anything equivalent from Sweden ....

    • I would be happy if it were so. Then the article would be a success and would have liked to Saab!

  • Great cart! Looks really good!

  • Hello dear Saabfahrer
    I have also just acquired the "last design level" in the form of a convertible. I find the Saab design still appealing and timeless compared to the German mass vehicles.
    Unfortunately, I have been right about "Saab is history". The question remains: Why did NEVS even acquire Saab? If the result is the production in China, the design from Korea / China comes and in Sweden again creeping out the lights? What is this madness ??? !!! The Knoff hoff of Saab can not have been, otherwise would have been produced in China for a long time. As a management consultant with some knowledge of the Chinese market, I am convinced that NEVS will not put mass production on the road.
    So enjoy your Saabs and take good care of them.

  • Great car Tom! The design of Saab has always been special, never following the market and that's what makes the Saab drive, among other things. More being than appearance! I love my 93er I, the Aero Coupe with Viggenbody is design-wise a force. Incredibly balanced, beautiful proportions, unfussy and practical. I can not handle most of today's cars. Most Auto.Designs are only sucked out, with Audi as a prime example.
    Have fun with our great Saab, I wish all readers.

  • Already amazing, ...

    ... how fresh the last 9-3 (or even the 9-5) look like.

    But the designers of other brands have not come up with anything for years, except to play around with the lights.

    Or periodically round and edged and round again.

    I have completely lost track of what each is the youngest or penultimate model.

  • I believe that if the blog did not exist, I would have given up my TX for a long time (so many expensive repairs and money as well as the consumption and annoying cost me)!

    Depending on the article I read here with how much feeling in the car is put, it reminds me of what I actually have wennschon the next time in another car climb!

    The car is also becoming more and more of a "disposable" item like the cell phones, car put together, lease 4 years and then get the new model with new gadgets ....

    I still have a big list of what my TX will get so everything

    Thanks to Tom and all the readers write!

  • Hello Tom, the SAAB looks "first cream"! Congratulations, especially under these final thoughts / circumstances.
    SAAB remains the eye-catcher among the cars!

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