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2011 Saab 9-5 gets the Top Safety Pick Award from IIHS

The Saab 9-5 Sedan was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as one of its latest group of vehicles that got the Top Safety Pick Award this year. In fact, this model also took the highest rating, five stars, in the crash tests done by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

What the IIHS determined was that the 9-5 Sedan meets its strict safety requirements. It earned the highest rating in all four test categories and it features ESP.

Tests for front impact (offset) and side impact crashes are included in the categories it was tested for. To evaluate protection against whiplash injuries and to test the roof structure in the event that it rolls over, IIHS checked the seat/head restraints by simulating rear impact.

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Saab gives you the chance to upgrade your classic 9-5

In celebration of the 9-5 range, Saab is giving classic 9-5 owners the chance to revitalize their car at the same time as its launching of its most advanced car to date, the all-new Saab 9-5 Saloon, and as the arrival of the 9-5 SportWagon is expected later in 2011. The Saab 9-5 accessories promotion, which is available for 9-5 models dating back as far as 1998, will include body kits, engine tuning kits, alloy wheels, cargo items and more at great prices.

Saab vehicles as old as 13 years, known for their durability and longevity, are just as reliable as the current models.

Every Saab 9-5, whatever the age, can benefit from an investment in updated accessories. All 9-5 accessories (designed for optimum quality, functionality and performance) are genuine Saab parts and prices include fitting where needed.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Saab 9-5 SportWagon shows its rear end

Saab revealed today the all-new 2011 9-5 SportWagon and announced that the new car will make its official debut in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. According to the manufacturer, the new car will feature an adaptable multi-fold floor, flexible U-rail load space configuration and under-floor stowage with a sealed wet storage compartment, while a programmable powered tailgate is available. As expected, the new model will offer the same engines as the sedan.

Moreover, the vehicle will offer Saab’s industry-leading XWD all-wheel-drive system and advanced features like Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control (late 2012), Bi-Xenon SmartBeam adaptive lighting, keyless entry and starting, tri-zone air conditioning and a Head-up Display which projects information, aircraft-style in the windshield.

Regarding the design, the 9-5 SportWagon shares the same front styling with the sedan model, but the rear end is extended by a deep rear spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. Furthermore, the new ultra-slim roof rails blend into the car’s svelte silhouette.

Read the entire article 2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Saab 9-5 SportWagon shows its rear end

Saab already working on improvements for its new 9-5 saloon

After reports that the new 9-5 saloon was poorly received by a car magazine, Saab now aims to upgrade it and will start with instrument panel and other cabin parts by the summer. Saab is making the changes so that it can compete more closely with rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

According to Saab's global product boss Christopher McKinnon, the company is undertaking the improvements in response to criticisms from What Car? of its ride and handling.

The quality of parts is being improved as part of a top-to-bottom reassessment of the hundreds of component suppliers that stemmed from when Saab was still owned by General Motors.

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The 2010 Saab 9-5 will get its own hybrid version, the powertrain of which will not only cut fuel consumption and emissions but also supply a higher level of torque when accelerating.

Saab said that it intended to bring an extra boost to the car however specs have yet to be disclosed. According to Autocar, the car will have a 1.4-liter turbocharged unit that will be assisted by a small electric unit.

The addition of this hybrid version is indeed welcome especially in light of the green car sector's demand for all automakers to raise fuel efficient and cut emissions as much as possible.

Read the entire article 2010 Saab 9-5 Hybrid in the works

While the Saab 9-5 will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Saab has launched a countdown site informing fans that the actual official launch will be done in less than 3 days.

Many have been waiting for the new version of the Saab 9-5, the current model of which still has the same basic mechanical underpinnings as the 1997 model.

A redesigned model had been slated to be released last year but it was pushed back due to limited resources at Saab and the introduction of the facelifted 9-3, not to mention the company's ownership issues.

Read the entire article Saab launches countdown site of the 2010 9-5 sedan

Marking a new era for Swedish firm Saab is the official launching of its new flagship 9-5 saloon, which the company claims will be the most technologically advanced car it has ever produced. Set to go on sale next year, the car also boasts to have "progressive Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance."

Inspiration for the car's styling comes from the Aero X concept car as well as from its aviation heritage. The car has a low, muscular stance and a dramatically styled wraparound glasshouse. The windshield and roof were inspired by its classic 900 model.

Simon Padian, Saab brand design chief, said the company is opting for a "fresh, very modern expression" to some of its classic brand design cues. It has visual themes found in recent concept cars, such as the Aero X, which are inspired by Scandinavian design and the brand's aircraft heritage.

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The tooling and design rights to the outgoing Saab 9-5 are likely to be bought by the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC), according to our sources.

Recently, BAIC became a minority shareholder in the Koenigsegg Group, which is seeking to buy Saab from General Motors. If BAIC's plans go ahead, production of the 9-5 will be moved to China.

Incidentally, production of the 9-5 estate is expected to end in the next few weeks. Questions are circulating on whether BAIC will re-start production of the 9-5 in its current form or whether it will re-skin the car for sale under BAIC's own brand. 

Read the entire article BAIC to buy the design rights of outgoing Saab 9-5

Even as a deal for a consortium that includes Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp (BAIC) to purchase Saab has collapsed, BAIC still was able to buy Saab's production equipment for its old 9-5 models, according to a report from Sweden's Ny Teknik newspaper. Reportedly, Saab had started to dismantle the production line for the old 9-5 in October.

Saab plans to send the equipment to China and make preparations for its new 9-5 line, which will start production early next year.

General Motors Co., Saab's parent company, had previously hesitated to sell anything that holds intellectual property rights but it probably made the exception because the 9-5 production equipment is significantly different from any other car it makes. 

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If Spyker Cars NV does succeed in purchasing Saab from General Motors Co., it's expected that Saab will be rebuilt around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models, according to Spyker CEO Victor Muller who spoke with AOL Autos.

On the other hand, plans for a Saab 9-1 entry-level car would be put on hold. Under Spyker's ownership, Saab's headquarters, engineering and production will remain in Trollhattan, Sweden.

This facility will produce all Saab cars except the 9-4X, which will be made in GM's assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Muller added that Saab will be launching the new 9-5 sedan this spring. Meanwhile, the 9-4X crossover, which shares mechanicals with the Cadillac SRX, would be introduced late next year or early in 2011.

Read the entire article If will buy Saab, Spyker will rebuild it around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models

Pricing information for Saab's all-new 9-5 saloon has been announced. The company is already accepting orders for the model, which is set to arrive in UK showrooms this summer. Prices start at GBP26,495 for the entry-level 163bhp 2.0 TiD diesel model. Saab started production of the 9-5 at Saab's Trollhattan HQ on March 23.

These are the first vehicles to be assembled under independent ownership after GM bought a controlling share in Saab in 1989. At the initial 9-5 launch program, two trim levels (Vector SE and Aero) are featured. Saab stated that the 163bhp 2.0TiD (priced at GBP26,495) and the 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol model (GBP28,195) are immediately available.

But in Aero trim, only two petrol-engined models are immediately available -- a 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo (GBP31,195) and a 294bhp 2.8-litre V6 turbo (GBP37,995), which also gets Saab's torque-vectoring all wheel drive set-up.

Read the entire article 2010 Saab 9-5 U.K. prices revealed

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.

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

If you're in the market for a new vehicle and safety is a primary concern, you might want to check out the redesigned 2010 Saab 9-5 that will be relaunched under the ownership of Spyker Cars.

The new 9-5 has several safety enhancement features that have led it to achieve a maximum five-star EuroNCAP rating.

The new 9-5 is equipped with the comprehensive range of occupant safety systems that can be found in current Saab cars. It also has the upgraded third generation Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR 3) as standard for the front seats.

Read the entire article 2010 Saab 9-5 passes factory crash test

When the latest 9-5 model of Saab Automobile AB goes on sale on June 19, the carmaker will go on a marketing campaign in the second half of 2010 that's worth over $150 million. Saab also revealed that it may terminate about 10% of its dealerships to lower costs.

Adrian Hallmark, executive director of sales, said that Sweden customers can expect to experience "a huge wave of media and communication" that will begin when the 9-5 starts selling on June 19. He mentioned that since the sale by GM, Saab has spent "nothing" on promotions.

Saab considers the new 9-5 to be crucial in its target of becoming profitable by 2012.

Read the entire article Saab will return to marketing this weekend with a blitz for the 9-5 model

Saab's redesigned 2010 9-5 Aero sedan is big, features a few technological advances, and is designed to rival the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans. Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars NV, the Dutch sports car maker that bought Saab from General Motors Co. in February, said that the new Saab is proof that the company is "alive and kicking."

Essentially, the new 9-5 has GM's global mid-sized architecture that can be found in vehicles, including the Opel Insignia, Chevrolet Malibu, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, which will arrive in 2011.

In the 20 years that GM operated Saab, it invested heavily in the Sweden facilities but neglected product development. In fact, the previous generation 9-5 was in the market for 13 years.

Read the entire article 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero wants to take on German rivals
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