Last night I showed you all the latest cover of Tekniks Varld magazine, featuring some renderings of a possible Saab 9-1.
An interesting side note has popped up with regard to this.
Now, I’m quite sure that they’re renderings rather than photographs of an actual vehicle. But the interesting thing is the licence plate on the car.
Martin N writes:
In Sweden we can check up any car in the Car Registry on-line.
I typed in the licence plate on Teknikens Värld’s 9-1 pics, and it turns out that the plates belong to a Saab test vehicle!
So it might not be a photshopped pic (but still might… of course)!
Some facts from the database on “XUS091”:
Make: Saab (this line NORMALLY states model as well – not this time)
Model year: 2007 (“stated by the manufacturer”)
Colour: dark grey
Status: removed from traffic
First registration: 2006-04-18
Body type: “Öppet (02)” This might mean both “open/convertible” and “any type”.
On the “additional info” page we find the words “PROVBIL” – test car. So it has been used in traffic.
If it is just the plates from an existing Saab model, maybe someone can try these figures:
Power: 184 kW
Tire dimension rear: 215/55 R16 93V
Total Weight: 2080 kg (1730 kg)
Length: 465 cm
Width: 177 cm
Or maybe Saab has a bunch of generic plates they can use? Has anyone seen these plates in other pics?
So, has anyone seen this plate on another photo of a test mule or something? Do Saab have a stock of generic plates they can use for test vehicles, or do tey have to undergo a new registration every time a new test car hits the road?
Any information on the processes here may be helpful.
And WOW! 184kW in that little body?
Sign me up!
UPDATE on the UPDATE – I’m freaking embarrassed. It’s a 9-3x, but it was too early in the morning for me and I didn’t check properly. We’re all human I guess.
via ctm and the iSaab forum, another image featuring a lot of 9x cues. I’m loving this one!