2010 Saab 9-5 ready to roll as it completes 300,000 miles in testing

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

In the spring, Saab will be launching its new 9-5 saloon, after having completed more than 300,000 miles in testing on roads from the Arctic Circle to southern Spain.

Saab conducted chassis testing in some of Europe's toughest roads, including in Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. In the attempt to replicate real-world conditions for its potential buyers, the driving team brought a fleet of 15 9-5s from the Arctic Circle in Sweden to scorching plains of southern Spain.

Peter Johansson, Saab's chief test driver, said that the extensive testing was essential to optimize the 9-5's two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, two steering systems and Saab's new DriveSense adaptive chassis system.

Johansson said that the team focused on making sure that the car will have all the characteristics expected from a Saab.

They were adamant that electronic systems, including stability control, DriveSense adaptive chassis and its XWD system "must all work together." For instance, the team didn't want the stability control to get in the way of enjoying the benefits of the chassis and transmission systems.

Johansson further described that this car offers "predictable, neutral handling" in nearly all situations. He said that even when the car is cornering and is under extreme loads, it can be controlled easily and predictably.

Topics: saab, saab 9-5, sedan

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