Saab 9-5 Sedan earns Top Safety Pick 2011

News just in from Saab

The Saab 9-5 Sedan has earned the highest rating for crashworthiness in the United States.  The “Top Safety Pick” is awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS, www.iihs.org), a research and communications organization funded by auto insurers in the US.

IIHS performs full tests for front impact (offset) and side impact crashes. Seat/head restraints also undergo a simulated rear impact conducted on a sled to assess protection against whiplash injuries and the roof structure tested to assess vehicle rollover protection.

Vehicles are rated as “Good”, “Acceptable”, “Marginal” or “Poor” in the various categories. To receive the “Top Safety Pick” award, cars must achieve the highest rating in all four categories and should also be fitted with ESP®.

“We are very pleased with the 9-5’s performance. IIHS is an independent body and the results of their tests are easily accessible and objective information for car buyers. It is therefore important for us to achieve good results in this type of testing,” says Per Lenhoff, Head of Safety Development at Saab Automobile.

“Our main priority, however, will always be to protect real people in real accidents, not just to do well in crash tests. It’s the core of our Real-Life Safety philosophy,” continues Per Lenhoff.

Saab’s Real-Life Safety philosophy is based on the fact that no collision is ever the same. Saab safety engineers continuously study how Saab cars behave in real collisions on public roads. The results of these studies are the basis for continued development of both design and safety solutions in cars as well as of Saab’s in-house crash testing methods.

The Saab 9-5 Sedan has already received the highest rating, five stars, in the crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme, EuroNCAP.

 

Update: Here’s an image of the 9-5 underneath the IIHS’s roof crusher. I’d hate to see the after.

Ralph
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5 years 3 months ago

Congratulations!

Jos
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5 years 3 months ago

Hell yeah! Now you US buyers, these “top safety picked” and devastatingly handsome, stylish sedan are awaiting you at incredible prices at your local dealers lot. Go get them!

Ruben NL
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5 years 3 months ago

Saloon 🙂

Jos
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5 years 3 months ago

That’s for the UK, I was talking about the US buyers 😉
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c1josh
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5 years 3 months ago

That’s great news, and should be picked up by the automotive press. Let’s hope they don’t add some negative spin on it too.

maanders
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5 years 3 months ago

Yes, congratulations! A top rating is very good, but I completely agree with Mr. Lenhoff that safety in real-world crashes is even more important. Another reason I like Saab’s design philosophy.

Rico
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5 years 3 months ago
To be fair: Saab won it together with Volkswagen… Text from Homepage Highway Safety IIHS, http://www.iihs.org “2011 Saab 9-5 and 2011-12 Volkswagen CC earn Top Safety Pick The Saab 9-5, a large luxury car, and the Volkswagen CC, a midsize luxury car, are Top Safety Pick award winners after earning good ratings for performance in the Institute’s roof strength test for rollover protection. These cars earlier earned good ratings for front, side, and rear crash protection, and they have standard electronic stability control. Top Safety Pick only applies to the front-wheel drive CC because the heavier all-wheel drive version is… Read more »
rune
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5 years 3 months ago

Top Safety Pick only applies to the front-wheel drive CC because the heavier all-wheel drive version is rated acceptable in the roof strength test.

Well… To be completely fair: The CC does not deserve the same honor then. 😉

Good effort VW, but no Saab.

Red J
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5 years 3 months ago

In the roof strength the CC is almost average, while the Saab is best in class. It’s only almost the same.

Chris Carrier
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5 years 3 months ago

There are multiple Top Safety Pick awards, with no limit. All this is saying is the two cars were tested around the same time. Still, the 9-5 has a 4wd/xwd variant, common in fact, so it’s significant to me that the CC did NOT earn it in that version.

Other 4wd cars that DID not get the TSP (while the 2 wheel versions did)?

BMW 5 Series
Infiniti M37/M56

saabdealer
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5 years 3 months ago

Off Topic: Just received word that the 9-4x has made the long list for the “North American Car / Truck
of the Year” award which will be announced at the North American Auto Show in Detroit!
Just making this list is an honor!
Spread the word.

fuzzi
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5 years 3 months ago

this is very nice, but what about the restart of the production ?

Quijote
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5 years 3 months ago

Once Saab gets their long term stuff in order, they should use this as a good marketing opportunity…

For instance, a commercial can roll with something along the lines of:

“Many people have wondered if Saab is still around….” (Video montage of new Saabs is shown, including 9-5 and 9-4X). “Fact is, we are around, and will be for a long time to come. So can you if your ride is a 2012 Saab 9-5, which just earned the Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety…” (Video montage of Saab 9-5)

KaiC
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5 years 3 months ago

Safety is and should be one of SAAB`s main important mark in the world.So people can enjoy the driving fun in safe environment.this sounds great.

saabyurk
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5 years 3 months ago

Bout time. I hope people look at the IIHS Roof Strength test. The 9-5 is at the top of the class, ahead of the 2nd place Mercedes E-class. Worst of class: Audi A6, Lexus GS, and Acura RL. The Acura is only Marginal, the Audi and Lexus Acceptable.
This is something Saab should advertise.

dohrmc
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5 years 3 months ago
Great news! I feel particularly good as I am one of the Yankees on this list who just took delivery of a Fjord Blue 9 5 Aero. It is a wonderful car, and we are enjoying it very much. For people in the USA who are on the fence about buying, the dealers are ready to make very good offers and you will save a lot of cash. I had my last Saab, a 1999 95, for 12 years, and loved it. I think this one is a much nicer car. I am planning on keeping this beauty for a… Read more »
looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago

This is great. Not only that, but the strength to weight ratio of 5.85 is one of the highest, if not the highest, of any tested vehicle, to the best of my recollection. Now if they could only address the “acceptable” for driver torso in front offset crash. Will also be interesting to see NHTSA results. Hope they come out soon. Would be nice to see the Saab 9-5 be one of the few 5 star rated cars. Any word on when that test will be done?

Saab_Lurker
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5 years 3 months ago

It reminds me of the old Volvo 740 ad with a huge truck placed on the 740’s roof (and obviously holding the weight).

Onslow
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5 years 3 months ago
The issue with the NHTSA testing is cost. NHTSA understandably targets high volume vehicles for their consumer metrics (star ratings) tests and they completely fund the test and vehicle costs for the vehicles they choose. Unfortunately the 9-5 is probably off their radar due to the low sales numbers in the U.S. However, a manufacturer can contract a NHTSA-approved lab and have official tests run, but the cost is very high (test + vehicles). And at this point, I doubt that Saab has the cash to fund these tests. So it could be sometime (unless NHTSA surprises us) before the… Read more »
looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago

Fjord blue is exactly what I’d like, but I’ve been holding out for the SC. Enjoy!

Saab_Lurker
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5 years 3 months ago

When is that wagon coming out? Or better yet a 9-5X?!

fvh
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5 years 3 months ago

SAABs are safe cars. No doubt about it. (ex SAAB owner) 2011 Audi A4

dohrmc
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5 years 3 months ago
My 1999 Saab 95 had approx 4000 miles on it when a teenager showing off for a girl, T-boned my wife. He was driving a Ford Explorer, and hit the Saab hard enough on the driver’s door, to knock it about 8 feet sideways…! My wife did not suffer an injury or even a scratch. From the inside of the car, except for all the broken glass, you could not tell the car had been hit. There was NO deformation into the passenger cabin. If, as usual, she had been driving our little Miata, I don’t think it would have… Read more »
rune
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5 years 3 months ago

Tank Up! 😀

GerritN
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5 years 3 months ago

Our old ’91 900S we actually called “The Tank”. I loved how the doors closed with this solid thunk and how the car rolled when you revved the engine. Oh, boy, still regrets that I let that car go.

Saabheart
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5 years 3 months ago

I drive a 91 900S as my daily driver! There is so much to love about that car you can’t even add it in one post. But I agree, the “thunk” gets people by surprise every time. So many people have referred to my old old car as “a tank” and “a strong car” I can’t even count anymore. There is more metal in the door of that car than in a whole Kia…

Vector-SS
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5 years 3 months ago

That’s fantastic news! Saab worked hard to get this car to be the safest in it’s category, and they should show the public that they’re the best in safety through marketing and advertising! If Saab doesn’t want to promote safety, maybe SU should have a “Saab Safety Appreciation” entry were users send in pics showing how the car saved their lives, I’m sure there would be many 🙂

Jonas Axelsson
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5 years 3 months ago

Well let’s not expect free advertising if they are buying space in the magazine. Clarkson said something about the reviews are written based on who books you the best room and serves the finest wine didn’t he?

We all know the sad reality that like elections, votes and reviews are bought and sold. How much is truly on merit these days? Or ever was?

Chris Carrier
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5 years 3 months ago

You’re suggesting bias in these tests? I don’t agree. There are plenty of big names that did
NOT get the TSP, across all manufacturers:

Lexus ES350
Acura RL, TL
Honda Accord
BMW 5 (4 wheel dr)
Audi A6
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen CC (4 wheel dr)

looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago
Okay, total safety nerd here, and I’ve spent hours on these websites (love data, can’t help myself). The roof crush test (and all tests) are explained on the IIHS website. To be rate good, the weight to strength ratio needs to be 4 or over. So asthenosphere vehicle weight increases and the amount if crush stay the same, the ratio goes down. I think the XWD Saab is about 4100 lbs. So the ratio would still be over 4 with over 22000 lbs of force. To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle’s… Read more »
looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago

Sorry for all the iPhone typos. They must have tested the fwd turbo 4 since the weight is so low. Haven’t done the math, but I think there is enough room to still meet the 4.0 minimum. Never saw that comment re: the CC with respect to other cars I’ve looked at

looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago

Oh- and thanks for the info on NHTSA. That’s what I was afraid of. Saab needs the good safety ratings to help market the cars in the US.

looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago

Sorry, I copied the wrong stuff on the roof test – you need to click on the link: http://www.iihs.org/ratings/roof/information.html

What surprises me about IIHS top pick ratings, and what tends to dilute them, is that they include cars with individual “acceptable” ratings on their list (like the 9-5). With all those top picks, there are only a handful which have good on every single test, and even fewer which do equally well on the NHTSA tests. Okay, enough from me. Back to reading your comments.

Chris Carrier
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5 years 3 months ago

Looking for a new car, I think you’re confusing the “Acceptable” ratings for past models. All the current model 2010+ 9-5s received the top ,”Good” rating. Some tests of prior 9-5 years had Acceptable ratings.

Alex740
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5 years 3 months ago

Very well publicized test here in the US, very good advertising for Saab.

looking for new car
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5 years 3 months ago
Sorry, I remembered it wrong. It ws acceptable for the driver in the side impact. Everything else was good. Saab 9-5 2010-11 models 2011 Saab 9-5: good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control SIDE IMPACT TEST WITH STANDARD SIDE AIRBAGS OVERALL EVALUATION:   Injury measures Head protection Structure/safety cage Head/neck Torso Pelvis/leg Driver Rear passenger Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories. Good Acceptable Marginal Poor TEST DETAILS: The Saab 9-5 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Its size and weight were increased sufficiently… Read more »
alwaysSaab
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5 years 3 months ago

Yes, Saab has always been regarded as a super safe car manufacturer. Its in its blood. More importantly, I see, is how to get MORE people to buy Saabs and that is crucial for the survival of the brand which many loved.

Saabheart
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5 years 3 months ago

I believe I once read that when Saab was designing the original 900 (the “new” 99) they actually had to make it less stiff because the Saab 99 was essentially a roll cage on wheels and was so rigid it wouldn’t meet the crash standards due to high maximum G’s (not enough crush zone). Only Saab could make a car TOO safe 🙂

Love this company…

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