Family tail lights

Geneva is now far away. It was a short but great experience. It was great fun, but it was as demanding as my daily job. Jeff, are you sure you want to go to the NewYork motor show this year? 😉

I have a bunch of pictures on my computer that I want to share with you, so expect some further posts about Geneva in the next one or two days.

Red J

The last generation of Saab cars (9-5, 9-5SC and 9-4x) have many design clues in common, and one of those are the tail lights.

While the red light stripe is common to all three, the light clusters are very different. One reason for that is the tailgate which splits the light cluster into two (in the 9-5 sedan the second part is not there in the US, and is the central fog-light between the two exhaust pipes). But another reason for the different light clusters is in my opinion the refinement of the car.

While the 9-5 Sedan is a very classy car with a big presence, the 9-5SC is more of a work-horse, a very nice one btw. And if we go on we find at the end of the scale the 9-4x, the rough CUV.

I’m not saying that one car is better than the other, but this is how I would classify them design-wise.

9-5 Sedan

9-5 SportCombi

9-4x

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 6 months ago

Looking forwards to those pictures Red.

Oh I´d love to go to NYC

Cheers/Tom

Jim
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Jim
5 years 6 months ago

This is looking at art of the 21th century right now… well done thanks

Henke
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Henke
5 years 6 months ago

I love them all!!

saab93f
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saab93f
5 years 6 months ago

Ok, let´s see.

First taillight – fantastic
Second taillight – fantastic
Third taillight – fantastic

That settles it 🙂

Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 6 months ago

9-4x looks great in general, but compared to the other two it looks kind of cheap and not as polished.

turbokalle
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turbokalle
5 years 6 months ago

This might be old news and off this topic, but still extremely interesting.
GM approves of Antonov stepping in to Saab as does the Swedish government. The loans from EIB might be payed off to secure additional loans (= a 92 on its way?)

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 6 months ago

That’s how I rank the tail lights designs too, Swade.

bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 6 months ago

RedJ, not Swade. We’ll have to get used to different people posting on SU. 😉

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 6 months ago

LOL, I just noticed that it wasn’t Swade. My bad, sorry 😛

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 6 months ago

The US version of the 9-5’s tail light is the most attractive one to me.

Peter Jones
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Peter Jones
5 years 6 months ago

Are there two versions of the 9-5 Saloon’s tail lights?

Can someone show photos?

Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, a comparison side-by-side would be nice. I don’t really understand the difference.

Ralph
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Ralph
5 years 6 months ago
Peter Jones
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Peter Jones
5 years 6 months ago

I see the difference now… Red Js article implies that the light clusters for the saloon comes in 2 parts, ie a different overall shape.

What the photo shows that the EU indicator section (amber) is redder on the US-spec car, while the redness extends to the sides (greyer on the EU car)

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

You must be crazy tired J. I sympathize for sure. I also know you had the time of your life 🙂 Very excited to see your other great photos, and big time excited to hear about what you think of IQon, you’re one of the few people I actually trust on here to give your thoughts on the whole situation, especially since you got to has it out with the guys on the show floor.

Janne
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Janne
5 years 6 months ago

Again, an excellent interview in TTELA, this time with Matthias Seidl.
http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1138718-en-modosam-tid-vantar-saab

TM7374
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TM7374
5 years 6 months ago
StefanH STHLM
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StefanH STHLM
5 years 6 months ago

Sedan version is the favourite. 9-4X could be restyled a bit I think.

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 6 months ago

I agree; the tail light detail could be reworked to look more like the 9-5’s

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 6 months ago

For what it’s worth, Saab made the headline with the Phoenix concept yet again over at Supercars.net. Say what you want about what the car looks like, but Jason Castriota (and company) got this little car company noticed, which is exactly what needed to happen 🙂

http://www.supercars.net/index.html

peter
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peter
5 years 6 months ago

no apologies necessary J, it gives me a good excuse to check the websites….. 🙂

great summary of the show – as ever I am completely jealous of you guys down there sharing oxygen with JAJ, VM, JC and other Saab afficionados…

Great Display by Saab – but I saw my dream Saab today….an M83 4 door 99 GL – I love that model

Marco
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Marco
5 years 6 months ago

RedJ: Thanks for these pics! In detail they don’t have anything in common but the similar looks. I would love to see them all in parts and an explanation how they are made technically…

BTW: Did you take similar pics of the headlights? I’ve noticed that the 9-5 and 9-4X lights differ quite a lot in shape…

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