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Saab May Drop the 9-3 Name from its Successor

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The next-generation Saab 9-3 is scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2013, but there may be one big change. The replacement for the 9-3 may get a new name.

“There’s a chance we might move away from that,” said Tim Colbeck, president of Saab Cars North America.

The name for the 9-3’s replacement may draw from the brand’s heritage, although no final decisions have been made. Colbeck did state that the next model will be an “edgy” reinterpretation of Saab’s past designs.

has also reportedly restarted plans to build a modern day version of the Saab 9-2 that was produced in the 1940s and 1950s. Plans for the 9-2 were restarted after Saab received its latest round of funding.