When I worked for Saab, I made a number of videos that were posted to a special Inside Saab channel as part of Saab’s official Youtube channel. NEVS will most likely remove those videos in due course so I’m posting copies to my own channel as well (where I’ve got the original on my hard drive, at least).
I filmed and photographed this crash test of the 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi just a few weeks before I left Sweden for the last time. I don’t know for sure, but it’s quite possibly the last crash test Saab did in their lab prior to the bankruptcy.
The test was a EuroNCAP-equivalent 65km/h front offset test with four ‘occupants’ inside the car. Saab would have known the results via computer modelling before they tested this car, but they still had to do the physical test to confirm the results. You don’t want any unknown gremlins causing surprises at the EuroNCAP labs.
As you can see, the 9-5 SportCombi would have well and truly upheld Saab’s legacy for safety.
If you want to see a little bit more about Saab’s crash test facility, this video from the Inside Saab series we started is a good primer.
There were ten films in that series but we only got to show three of them due to the production stoppage. The news atmosphere was pretty toxic around that time and it wasn’t considered a wise move to continue showing these ‘feel good’ videos while things were so negative. We planned to resume the series when production started on a sustainable footing, but we all know what happened there.
It’s a shame the rest of the series won’t be seen as they were all quite good. They were made by a small media company based mostly in Stockholm but with connections to Trollhattan and those guys controlled the access to the films.