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Saab goes with the Airflow

Date: 10 October 2006

Saab has launched a fleet-specific trim on its 9-3 and 9-5 models in an attempt to attract new buyers to the brand.

The Airflow trim is based on Linear specification, but adds 17-inch alloys and colour-matched exterior on all models, as well as a rear spoiler on the 9-3 saloon and dark tinted windows on the wagon version. The 9-5 also gets rear parking sensors.

Despite the improved specification, the P11D price drops by £975-£1220 depending on model, which Saab says customers will use to either save on their company car tax payments or upgrade to a more powerful engine, or upgrade from a saloon to a SportWagon.

The Swedish brand has also introduced specific satnav models on the price list to get around the problem of some fleets not allowing drivers to dabble in the options list.

"Airflow gives us a very attractive car with a premium badge at a surprising price point," said Paul Adler, brand manager for Vauxhall, Saab and Chevrolet fleet sales, pointing to the alloys and saloon's rear spoiler as a way of highlighting the car's "kerb appeal" in the business car park.

We've driven the new model, complete with revamped interior for the 2007 model year, and as soon as the CPM data has been confirmed we'll have a test report online.