Unintentional crash test

I’ve filed this under “Road tests” but it should really be filed under “Road tests gone wrong”.

Aaron Gold from About.com had possession of one of Saab USA’s test fleet, a 9-3 SportCombi, when someone tried a little too hard to get a closer look…..

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Photos © Aaron Gold, used with permission

His description:

….a car tried to zoom around me on the right as I was turning into a driveway. CRUNCH!

And his testimony:

Luckily no one was hurt, and the 9-3 held up well against the impact. …there was no deformation to the door’s interior panel, the window didn’t break, and my wife Robin, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was completely unscathed.

….crash tests can’t predict the results of every real-world crash, and it was nice to see that the 9-3 works as well in the real world as it does in the test lab. To all the Saab 9-3 engineers, Robin and I offer a personal and heart-felt thank you.

I’m sure that once he gets a replacement vehicle we’ll see an appreciative review 🙂

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5 Comments

  1. It’s one of Saabs strongest features, safety.

    Saabs are actually safer than the equivelant Volvo vehicle, and let’s not forget, the current 9-3 convertible was the first convertible to get a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating. It’s one of he many reasons why I love Saab.

  2. Not often a tester gets to experience some of the ‘hidden’ benefits of Saab. I like how you can see the anti-intrusion beam through the sheet-metal.

    On the subject of Volvo… Here at the Melbourne Motorshow Volvo had a S80 or some such with the side panels stripped. All the door beams etc. were painted to highlight strength areas and the different steels. Airbags were hanging down or on display. Big on selling the safety even though they are not no.1.

    Saab had some nice designer vases and a leather lounge suite. Oh, and a few cars in black or white.

  3. I have personal experience with the safety of a 900, circa 1996. Driven headfirst at 70mph into a Ford truck. Car totalled; driver small bruise on sternum. Family member spared.

  4. Aaron, we’re just pleased you and your wife both made it through OK without a scratch. Thanks for dropping by.

    Will look forward to the review.

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