Saab 9-4X Crossover and Saab 9-5 Sedan Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick 2012

Some good news from the US, to follow on from the 2011 Top Safety Pick awards previously given to these vehicles….. —— Trollhättan, Sweden: The Saab 9-4X crossover and the Saab 9-5 Sedan have both earned a ‘Top Safety Pick’ for 2012, the highest rating for crashworthiness awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States for a second consecutive year. “Saab Automobile prides itself on its ability to create vehicles which focus on the safety of the driver and its passengers in real-life situations,” said Per Lenhoff, Head of Safety Development at Saab Automobile. “It […]

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What the Swedish police really thought of the Saab 9-5

There were several articles online a few weeks ago about the Swedish police placing an order for 50 Volkswagens to be used as police cars. Several of them emphasised the fact that the police had not bought Saabs and used this as a judgement against Saab, as if the police didn’t find a current Saab suitable. That’s some considerable distance from being accurate. The sad fact is that we weren’t able to fill an order for the Swedish police due to our production halt. We could not assure them of delivery by their required date and sadly, they had to […]

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Saabosphere – links we like in the middle of this week

It’s a little unusual for me to do a Saabosphere in the middle of the week, but there were a few good things out there worth sharing. Via Saabworld, here’s a great video from Autoweek.nl. They travelled to Trollhattan recently to have a chat with some Saab employees, as well as some of the locals. Their interviews gauged feelings about the recently announced Memorandum of Understanding with Youngman and Pang Da. It should be noted that the interviews were conducted before General Motors made their preliminary announcement of not supporting the deal. The video is mostly in Dutch, however the […]

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Saab 9-5 succeeds in fuel economy challenge (again)

Back in July, I shared a story from Spain about one of our Saab Spain employees participating in – and dominating – a fuel economy challenge with the Saab 9-5. Ramon Cano and his co-driver, a local journalist from magazine Autofacil, employed some efficient driving techniques and guided their Saab 9-5 to a 17% improvement over the official fuel economy figures for the car. That was in a Saab 9-5 TiD with an automatic gearbox. Ramon really wanted a petrol/manual version of the car to show the percentage reductions that were really possible, but it wasn’t to be. A similar […]

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Saab 9-5 2.0T family road trip

It’s been a bunch of months now where the focus seems to have been on the business of Saab rather than on the cars. It’s a pity, too, because the cars are better than ever. It was really pleasing, therefore, to receive an email a few days ago from a guy in North America named Glen M. It’s always great to hear customers’ stories about their new vehicles, what they’re doing and how much they’re enjoying them. I’ll let Glen tell the story: My family recently purchased a 2011 Saab 9-5 2.0t with 6 speed transmission to replace our 1999 […]

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NMA Road Test the Saab 9-5

Remember a time when we used to talk about Saab Cars? I’m in the middle of a big series of posts right now, but I just received a reference to this road test from a friend in the US. I figured it’d be good to post it straight away. I first drove a Saab 9-5 mule in 2009 and right then and there I knew that the 4-cyl version of the car was going to be an absolute ball to drive. That’s the model in this test from the National Motorists Association in the US. It’s a comprehensive review, written […]

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Video: Why I think XWD is the best all wheel drive system in the world

I made this video last year, whilst at the launch for the new Saab 9-5 in Sweden. We were at Volvo’s test track, which Saab had hired for the launch. I stumbled upon the video today as I was tidying up my hard drive and it reminded me of just how incredibly good the XWD system is. You’ll need to be patient with this one. It’s around 9.5 minutes long and it shows a few different things. I think your patience will be rewarded, however, with an exhibition of just how incredibly intelligent and effective Saab’s XWD really is. The […]

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Saabosphere – links we liked this week

It’s time for our wrap of what happened in the Saabosphere over the last week or so. Of course, our ongoing situation continues to make the headlines. There are some good services and some not-so-good services for keeping up with that. A few of the good enthusiast sites who cover the news in detail are Life with Saab and Saabs United. If you want a great single piece of news coverage to show where things are at, then this piece from Go Auto is a very accurate and independent summary piece. —— I’ve heard of the Saab bull-nose era, but […]

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Saabosphere – links we like this week (big weekend edition)

Forgive the lack of postings here over the weekend but it was a BIG three days on the road, travelling 1,140kms in a Saab 9-4x between Friday and Sunday afternoon. I’ll be writing about it all in the coming days, but we took in the Midnight Sun Rally in Västerås on Saturday and then some time in Stockholm on Sunday. I tried to call in on a few friends to give them a test drive but they seemed to be on vacation and wouldn’t answer the door: Note to editors: That is what’s referred to as subtle humour. Please ensure […]

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The dream factory – Saab 9-5 convertible

I always love to see what fans with photoshop skills can dream up. X-Tomi is one such Saab fan, from Hungary. He refers to himself as a “virtual tuner” – a description I like a lot. If you have a look at X-Tomi’s website you’ll see a lot of different models receiving some treatment and they look great. X-Tomi recently submitted this illustration of a Saab 9-5 morphed into convertible form for an online design competition. This was the base image. First, I ripped the lid, I pushed back the door, a shorter wheelbase and length of the car, got […]

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