Saab 9-5 on show in Finland

Saab Finland put on a monster driving event on the 8th and 9th of December.

There were five events held over the two days and all of Saab’s range was present, as were the Saab Performance Team. There were a bunch of new 9-5’s there (XWD, V6, TiD almost all possible variations), 9-3X’s and the new low-emissions 9-3 TTiD’s.

Photo courtesy of Antti Hentinen/Moottori

Events were held for VIP customers (x2), Saab dealers and aftersales staff, the local motoring press as well as members of the Saab Club of Finland.

The events were held at Premier Park, a track 30km east of Helsinki.

From Sauli Naski, Aftersales Manager, Saab Finland:

Everything went fine except that track was too slippery for Performance Team show and instead they just drove customers around in 9-3X to show how the car goes sideways (which it does). For the whole event we had several members from our support team at the Saab HQ in Trollhättan, for example Knut Simonsson for the PR-event. The track was really slippery so it was great possibility to test the new 9-5 with V6 and XWD. It works superbly in slippery conditions as long as one remembers that even the most sophisticated ESP and XWD-systems can’t ignore the laws of physics. We also just got 20cm more snow the day before event begun, so we had up to 50cm of snow in the area. Usually we don’t get that much snow in Southern Finland before January if even then. We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the event so it definitely was a success.

Sauli also sent links to some video from the event (slippery indeed!). This is real Saab weather.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cO__0imGes

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rkd_BrLdIc

Saab Finland are all geared up for a good 2011. I’m sure there will be some reviews come through from the press attendance at these events.

And don’t forget that the 2011 IntSaab meeting is in Finland this year. I’ll be doing whatever I can to get there and I hope you might be able to get there as well.

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

I’ve certainly lost grip many times, but… Did that 9-3X spin without resorting to using the hand brake?

RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago

If you throw a four-wheel drive around like that it will spin eventually 😉

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

That is what I suspected.

Too much emphasis on the rear wheels? I notice this on my 9-5… It is fun, but I think the driving safety aspect just took a step back compared to the good ol’ 9000.

I guess it is OK as long as you can only reach a spinout after having provoked it deliberately.

Last week, two young sisters in Norway spun out and met with an untimely death. My hypothesis is that they would have been OK in a 9000. (I need more sources, surely there are some good tests around?)

Phoenix
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Phoenix
5 years 9 months ago

I doubt you will get the tail out like that with the ESP on.

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

ESP is great and all, but not all brands are created equally: http://www.teknikensvarld.se/documents/bmw/5serie_sladdar/index.xml

Sometimes these things go horribly bad. I have never heard of any Saabs having had such problems, ESP or no ESP.

The reason I ask about the 9000 is that in Norway very few people can afford a proper car. Kids who just got their driver’s license faces quite a challenge in the winter. More 9000 and 9-3 on the road would have saved many lives.

No.9
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No.9
5 years 9 months ago

Our 9000T 5 door was the best Winter car I ever owned. The 2001 9-5 is excellent but a little to light at the rear. I figure the extra weight from the hatchback made the difference. So there: another good reason to bting back the hatchback!

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 9 months ago

Or you just put a layer of bricks in the trunk…..

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 9 months ago

When there is really a lot of snow I prefer to take my wife’s 1999 9-5 and leave the Viggen at home, especially on night shift when I know that the snow plow will not come until morning.
The old 9-5 is just a very planted car in the snow and the 1999 model is not overpowered so it behaves more benign in slippery conditions.
I don’t have to put a ton of bricks in the trunk, my wife already carries enough junk in it.

Sensonic
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Sensonic
5 years 9 months ago

Yep, it was handbrake 😉

I was there – two times, the morning and the evening. And of course I fell in love with 4wd since I hadn’t tried a 4wd SAAB before 🙂

Rune
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Rune
5 years 9 months ago

Sensonic, can you elaborate a bit on how you perceive the difference between FWD vs AWD? How does AWD change the driving experience on a flat icy road for you?

Vector-SS
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Vector-SS
5 years 9 months ago

Those 9-5 taillights look absolutely wonderful when lit.

Anddeu
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Anddeu
5 years 9 months ago

Great to see these videos of new cars and people laughing today. Do you remember one year ago and it was friday…
http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2009/12/gm-will-close-the-saab-brand.html

David
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David
5 years 9 months ago

I got a chance to test my new 9-5 in the snow today in Northern Virginia. We only got about 1-2 inches but enough to cover the back roads. I just installed new 18 in Carve wheels with Verdestein Wintertrac Xtreme. I’ve created a winter tank. The car handles amazingly on snow and the grip from the performance winter tires is awesome. I just need to get the darn tires aligned right – I’m getting considerable radial pull with the new set up.

Paul Guinnessy
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Paul Guinnessy
5 years 9 months ago

So was it your 95 I saw on Kenilworth Drive in Maryland the other week, which effortlessly shot past me on 495 a short while afterwards? It looked cool (and I was in envy at your passing speed).

I also liked the rear lights. They look much better in person than from the photos.

David
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David
5 years 9 months ago

Maybe – mine is Diamond Silver.

Paul Guinnessy
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Paul Guinnessy
5 years 9 months ago

That sounds like the one. Do you have the V6 or the 2.0? How do you like the trunk?

David
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David
5 years 9 months ago

2.8T V6. I have yet to see another NG 9-5 on the road (although International Saab does have one for show at the Leesburg Outlets). The trunk is huge and when you fold the seats down its incredible. I can fit a bicycle in the trunk without any issues.

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 9 months ago

David, have you checked the tire pressures. After installation in a warm building the pressure will drop 1 lb for every 10 degrees (f) drop in temperature. When my 2007 95 was relatively new the alignment was so far out that I had to install a front alignment bolt to reach spec. After installing new rear shocks, the rear had to be aligned by the dealer, with shims. My daughter’s 95 had the rear aligned with the same type of bolt used on my front.

Good look with your winter tank.

David
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David
5 years 9 months ago

The tire pressure according to the onboard computer reads 40 PSI on all four corners.

RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago

How about inviting the same journalists to Trollhättan that drove the 9-5 in June and let them compare the Saabs to some of the ‘not so Nordic’ competitors? Put them all on a 300 km road trip after the sunset and let them have a taste of the conditions Saabs are built for. It’s much more difficult to worry about interior details in the dark too 😉
The same thing should be arranged by SCNA over there.

marvin
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marvin
5 years 9 months ago

agree! it is in these conditions you appriciate other aspects of a car.

No.9
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No.9
5 years 9 months ago

I hope SAAB Canada (SAAB NA) are inspired by this event!
There is so much potential for xwd here.

eggsngrits
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5 years 9 months ago

Love the moose looking on. Foreshadowing?

Chris
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Chris
5 years 9 months ago
Last weekend I got a chance to test my 9-3 Aero FWD in cold weather while travelling in a mountain area in Southern Greece. There was not much snow but enough ice on the roads to make them slippery enough. The car handled amazingly well and the ESP was there to keep the car on track even in sharp turns. I was really impressed! None of my cars so far had so excellent driving performance on slippery roads. The excellent handling on difficult situations is one of Saab’s strong features. They should advertise more on that. Do you listen Saab?
Muppen
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Muppen
5 years 9 months ago

Yesterday I went into a roundabout, and while I was at the roundabout as there were only two other cars. My Saab 9-3, 9-5-08 and a brand new Saab 9-5. What are the odds of that in a village (250000 inhabitants) that only has been sold about: 10 All New Saab 9-5.

I just had to share that story…..

Mvh
Muppen

No.9
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No.9
5 years 9 months ago

It’s called it synchronosity and makes life so much more fun!

No.9
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No.9
5 years 9 months ago

It’s called synchronosity and makes life so much more fun!

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