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I’m not sure what’s going down the line right now, but if it’s only 9-3s (for customers) on the production lines in Trollhattan at the moment, then this could be why:
Saab nears the end of 9-5 testing
Saab is readying its new 9-5 saloon for launch later this spring having completed more than 300,000 miles in testing on roads from the Arctic Circle to southern Spain.
….The six-strong driving team brought a fleet of 15 9-5s from the Arctic Circle in Sweden’s frozen north all the way to the baking plains of southern Spain in an effort to replicate real-world conditions for prospective buyers.
Saab’s chief test driver, Peter Johansson, said the exhaustive testing was necessary to optimise 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…..
….”The electronic systems such as the stability control, DriveSense adaptive chassis and our XWD system must all work together. The stability control, for example, must not get in the way of enjoying the benefits of the chassis and transmission systems…..
….As well as extreme conditions, the driving team also tested the fleet of 9-5s at the high-speed bowl at Nardo in Italy, and at the Nurburgring.
The Peter Johansson they’re talking to there is quite possibly the same Peter Johansson who toured around the world introducing the Turbo X to everybody.
He’s a multiple-generation Saab guy, part-time rally driver, top bloke, and if I recall correctly, one of the masterminds behind the whole XWD system that was finished off by Haldex.
You can see him throwing the Turbo-X around on dirt here.