Saab gets 2 out of GM’s 3 Top Safety Picks!

I mentioned earlier today that the 2008 Saab 9-3 had scored a Top Safety Pick award in the latest round of IIHS vehicle safety testing.

What I didn’t know at that time was that the 2008 9-3 Convertible had also repeated its 2007 award, giving Saab two Top Safety Picks.

UPDATE – it appears that it was the 2007 model Convertible that was tested again, but they do list the results as being for 2004-2008 models.

The only other GM vehicle to be awarded this honour was the Saturn Vue, giving Saab two out of the three awarded to GM vehicles.

The only question remaining, which I don’t have time to research right now due to family commitments tonight, is why the 9-3 SportCombi doesn’t have one as well. Has it not been tested?


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  1. Either they did not test the 9-3 SC (along with the 9-5 SC) or they have them listed as one model. I just went on their site and they only have the 9-3, 9-3 Convertible, 9-5, and 9-7X listed. Same thing for Ovlov, no “V’s” were listed, just “S’s” “C’s” and the XC90. Same thing with Audi. No Avant’s listed as a separate model.

  2. I think the fact that models go untested leaves a really wrong imprint on the casual reader. Misleading to say the least.
    Not that we need 1 less SportCombi on the road…I need one in my driveway šŸ™‚

  3. As an owner of a ’06 9-3 Aero SC, I would be curious to see how it would perform in the IIHS, but IIHS testing wasn’t critical to my personal decision to buy one. SAABs are just plain safe cars, so why worry?

    The 9-3 SC’s structural integrity is between that of the sedan and convertible, so it should perform similarly to both (as both were Top Picks). At the least, I would expect the 9-3 SC to test like its competitor, the Audi A3 (also a 2008 IIHS Top Pick).

    SAAB should emphasize that the 9-3 crash tests better than its competitors-namely, the vaunted benchmark BMW 3 series, or even Volvo’s S40-the “other” Swedish brand known for uber safety.

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