GM's Saab and VW's Audi announced prices of two wagons, albiet in different price ranges, the 2006 9-3 SportCombi five-door and 2006 Audi A6 Avant. The Saab, introduced at this year's Geneva auto show, will start at $27,620 for the base model — including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine — and $33,620 for the turbocharged Aero version — powered by a 250hp 2.8-liter turbo V6. The Audi wagon — powered by the standard 3.2 FSI V6 — will be priced at $47,590 (includes $720 destination charge). What do these two models have in common? Just extra room for the kids to elbow each other into a mottled catalog of hematomas.
Optional equipment on the A6 can add several thousands to the sticker price, with add-ons including a power tailgate for $450, adaptive air suspension for $2,300, adaptive cruise control for $2,100, heated steering wheel for $200, and manual rear and side window sunshades for $250.
For the Saab, it's ikely the the course of GM's new value pricing strategy that the company announced it was cutting prices the entire 2006 9-3 line, with the starting price of a 2006 9-3 2.0T sport sedan down $950 since 2005 to $26,620 and the 9-3 2.0T convertible is down $600 to $37,220.