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Old 03-01-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default SAAB's Entire Range Goes Flex-Fuel (Europe) ~ 2007 Geneva Motor Show

SAAB's Entire Range Goes Flex-Fuel (Europe) ~ 2007 Geneva Motor Show



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SAAB’S ENTIRE RANGE GOES FLEX-FUEL

Saab brings innovative BioPower flex-fuel technology to 9-3 range with launch of new 1.8t BioPower engine at Geneva Motor Show

Saab becomes first – and only – car company in UK to offer an alternative-fuel engine in every model in its line-up

Saab’s ground-breaking BioPower technology means significantly reduced fossil CO2 emissions coupled with substantial power and performance increases

With the arrival of the 1.8t BioPower engine across the Saab 9-3 range, Saab is proud to become the first, and only, car company in the UK to offer an alternative fuel engine choice in every single model in its line-up. Available in all three 9-3 bodystyles of Sport Saloon, SportWagon and Convertible, Saab’s pioneering BioPower flex-fuel engines are now available to a whole new audience of customers in the UK.

The 1.8t BioPower engine emits 50-70 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than its 1.8t petrol engine equivalent, yet produces 17 per cent more maximum power and ten per cent more torque when running on the eco-friendly yet potent fuel source bioethanol E85. It is the third Saab BioPower engine to be launched in the UK. Two Saab 9-5 BioPower variants are already for sale here, both offering significantly reduced fossil CO2 emissions and substantially increased power and performance.

“The success of the 9-5 BioPower has encouraged us to extend this concept to the 9-3 range,” says Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director. “This means we can now offer BioPower variants throughout our core product line-up.” Indeed, on the back of the success of the Saab 9-5 BioPower range of cars, Saab is already the biggest-seller of flex-fuel cars in Europe. The launch of 9-3 BioPower at the Geneva Motor Show this week promises to extend Saab’s leadership in this emerging and exciting segment.

Saab 9-3 BioPower models will be available with manual or automatic transmissions, and will go on sale with immediate effect in the UK and Ireland and other Nordic markets. Sales in other European markets will commence later this year.

Saab 9-3 1.8t BioPower:
Running on bioethanol E85 fuel (85% bioethanol/15% petrol), the new 9-3 BioPower 1.8t engine delivers 17 per cent more maximum power (175 hp/129 kW v 150 hp/111 kW) and ten per cent more torque (265 v 240 Nm). In the 9-3 Sport Saloon, that translates to projected zero to 62 mph acceleration in 8.4 seconds and 50 to 70 mph in fifth gear in 13.9 seconds, compared to 9.5 seconds and 15.0 seconds, respectively, on petrol.

Technical Specifications
1998 cc. Four cyl. in-line. Bore/Stroke: 86/86 mm Aluminum cylinder head/block. DOHC, chain-driven, 16-valves, twin balancer shafts
Turbocharged, intercooled. Compression ratio, 9.5:1
Saab Trionic 8 engine management. Direct ignition, multi-point fuel injection, electronic throttle control

Fuel
Petrol
E85

EEC rating
150 hp (111 kW) @ 5500 rpm
175 hp (129 kW) @ 5500 rpm

EEC peak torque
240 Nm @ 2000-3500 rpm
265 Nm @ 2500-4000 rpm

Max boost pressure
0.48 bar
0.55 bar

Performance
Saloon
Petrol
E85*

0-62 mph (seconds)
9.5 (manual)
10.7 (auto)
8.4
9.4

50-70 mph (seconds)
5th gear
15.0 (manual)
13.9

Top Speed (mph)
130 (manual)
130 (auto)
137
137


Fuel Consumption Saloon Petrol
E85

Combined (mpg)
36.7 (manual)
33.2 (auto)
No certification figures available


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Old 03-02-2007, 03:14 AM   #2
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Subaru should do the same! At least for the turbo charged cars...
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