“Dear Jonathan” – it seems Saab GB are listening

It’s great to read stories about Saab responding to feedback. In this case, it’s the boatload of negative reviews that eminated from the British motoring press about the driving characteristics of the new Saab 9-5 on British roads.

The response?

Britain is one of the key markets in Europe for Saab, which is why they are treating the customers there with a specially upgraded version of the new 9-5 sedan with no change in pricing. The model is based on the Vector SE trim level and features leather trimmed seats as standard, replacing the previous leather and textile interior trim.

What’s more, they offer a set of 18 inch Carve alloy wheels, improving the aesthetic appeal of the car, replacing the regular 17 inch Blade alloy wheels.

In addition to the new wheels, they’ve also tweaked the chassis to enhance the dynamics and comfort. The previous sport chassis fitted as standard has now been replaced with a revised comfort chassis specification, so you get a sweet ride with the 2.0-litre TiD 160PS models equipped with manual transmission.

Jonathan Nash had this to say….

These improvements are the result of feedback from the UK automotive media. The improved driving characteristics address issues related to ride comfort on UK roads. The fact that the engineering team have managed to make the changes without affecting the impressive CO2 emissions of just 139g/km for the manual 2.0-litre TiD 160PS car show that the small independent Saab engineering team can respond very quickly to market requirements.

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It’s great news, a great response, and I look forward to a new round of press reviews for the Saab 9-5.

Now, if only we could get some responses to issues raised from those November Saab sales in the US…..

SAAB_andee
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SAAB_andee

good to hear 1+

zippy
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zippy

Great stuff. Am just about to load Forza3 into my XBox360 and drive the TurboX. 🙂

Vector-SS
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Vector-SS

Arghh, I regret selling my xbox (my forza3 and my TX) and sticking with PS3 and GT5.

That’s definitely great news and an even better response from Saab GB, well done.

No.9
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No.9

Now, that’s a fast response for a car company!
Kudos to the new SAAB 🙂

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R

Great news, and very fast change in the right direction. That´s the new thing, no stiff and byrocratic long bench (byråkratisk långbänk) fast fix of a known problem. Cheers Saab!!

Paddan
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Paddan

Well done! This initiative shows what a nimble and responsive company Saab has become as an independent.

Me
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Me

Feel the power of independence.
Everyone is lowering their cars to get better CO2 values. Which means, all those “save the planet” cars have a quite harsh ride, without having the power.
Saab decided to go another way with the updated 119g 9-3, and now have showed they can undo the old GM decision, and get a better ride without changing the CO2 value.

But Saab will really impress me if the MY12 9-5 SC becomes lighter than the MY11 9-5 Sedan, and I think they can do it. 🙂

signs
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signs

Way to go – very impressive! And I now know just what club to pick up first the next time I find a curable Saab-doubter: Tell them how fast this company can move.

Quijote
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Quijote

wow!

Jeff
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Jeff

Well done Saab GB 🙂

fred from chicago
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fred from chicago

Good job Saab GB! Now–I hope that Saab NA can respond in a similarly responsive fashion. So far–they are missing in action!

Bravada from GMI
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With all due respect to Saab GB, who did the right thing (as every other automaker, who launch a car in the UK, get panned by the press for a harsh ride and promise the next MY has specially tweaked suspension for the UK, Vauxhall does it model in model out), I am not quite buying that as “response that shows Saab is listening”. A response to show that Saab is listening would be acting swiftly on the concerns raised by front-line employees such as “Insider” who frequented this site sometime ago, admitting that showroom traffic is lower than expected… Read more »
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Belfast_saab

http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/upgrades-for-saab-s-9-5-saloon/254544

Good to see the news is out – hopefully WhatCar? will be given a revised model to test and revise their previous opinion based on this new uk-bespoke spec.

although a terminally dull magazine, it carries ome weight partic among the non-enthusiasts who will take it’s findings as face value and dismiss Saab withoutr even trying.

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