SOTW – July 6

Time for another Saab O The Week photo.

You Swedes will probably yawn at this one, but it’s a novelty for us Aussies at least. We generally only see Holdens, Fords, Toyotas and the occasional Subaru as police cars.

Thanks to Z for sending it in.


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  1. I wonder if police officers driving Saabs would let speeding Saabs go by un-noticed, hehe ?

    Locally we just see Ford Crown Vics and Chevy Caprices [YAWN] as law enforcement cruisers.

  2. Yepp, it does definitely need a few more decals! It’s easy to se the white spots of the original white colour. And that can’t be a god thing can it?

  3. …just one more thing…
    Where is this pic taken?!?
    It’s a Sweden number plate but on the glass wall in the background…That is not the language of Swedish.
    If abroad…Then what is a Swedish patrol car doing in Germany ( or any other German speaking country)?

  4. Is this a sales sample or an actual police car in use? It appears from the front end to be a brand new 9-5 SportCombi.

    I dig the rally lights (I know most Swedish roads are pretty dark), but what’s the deal with the high-mounted side mirror on the passenger side?

  5. If my language skills haven’t completely left me, that’s Hungarian on the window.

    My guess is that this is a car used by Saab to market the 9-5 to police departments across Europe.

  6. The right high mounted mirror is for the “co-pilot”. The second policeman can take more notice of the surroundings when the driving police is more focused in the piloting stuff.
    And the German yada yada I was telling about was apparently completely off…

  7. The Saab with that number plate is owned by Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, so I think it’s a test vehicle used by Saab for marketing the 9-5 as a police car (even abroad).

  8. They have had a 9-5 in Melbourne as a higway patrol car for a while.Copped(pun) a look at it when it was being set up at Saabs training centre in Melbourne.
    I think it was for high visibility scaring the crap out of motorists.
    I would have loved to have seen some 21 year old HSV Monaro drivers face as they tried to outrun the thing.

    No chance sunny pull over.

  9. The photo was taken in Hungary(Magyarorszag)possibly Vaci Utca in Budapest near the Bank of the Danube river. The sign in the background translates as “All our automobiles are 5 stars.”

  10. Fitz, you are wrong.
    The photo was taken in front of the headquarter of the Polar Mobil, which is the Central-East-European distributor of Saab cars (also Cadillac and Corvette).
    It is located at Budapest, Könyves Kálmán krt. 5.

  11. By the way, the car is a promotional Saab 9-5 Aero SportCombi (260 HP) modified especially for the police duty requiremenst, it was at the disposal of the hungarian police for about 2 weeks (possibly) in March.
    At the present time (unfortunatelly) there are no Saab police cars in duty here in Hungary. The highway patrols fastest cars are some Skoda Octavia RS with 180 HP engine.

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