Saab 9-4X Joins Saab 9-5 Sedan in earning Top Safety Pick 2011

Nice news from Trollhättan, Sweden: The new Saab 9-4X crossover has earned ‘Top Safety Pick’, the highest rating for crashworthiness awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States. Only three weeks ago, the Saab 9-5 Sedan received the same accolade.

“To achieve two Top Safety Picks in three weeks is, of course, extremely gratifying,” says Per Lenhoff, Head of Safety Development at Saab Automobile. “Our main priority is always the protection of real people in real accidents, but the IIHS tests are a valuable guide for consumers and it is important for us to achieve good results.”

IIHS is a research and communications organization funded by auto insurers in the US. The test procedures include front impact (offset) and side impact crashes. Seat/head restraints are also tested in a simulated rear-end impact to assess protection against whiplash injuries and the roof structure is tested to assess vehicle rollover protection.

Performance is rated as ’Good’, ’Acceptable’, ’Marginal’ or ’Poor’ in each of the tests and to achieve the ’Top Safety Pick’ award, cars must achieve the highest rating in all four procedures and should also be fitted with ESP®.

Quijote
Member
5 years 2 months ago

This is incredibly newsworthy. Saab marketing should be ALL OVER this!

twirix
Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Yes it’s much more fun than talking about the report published today, 3.1 billion SEK loss. I guess that it won’t be an article about that here.

900 classic cab
Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Good news ! Come on people let’s buy the safest cars 🙂

900 classic cab
Guest
5 years 2 months ago

who doesn’t own one yet, of course.

davidsblumberg
Member
5 years 2 months ago

One of Saabs ultimate & lifesaving trademarks still going strong, 64 years in the making 🙂

lol
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5 years 2 months ago
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Tripod
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Ah, the news have crossed the Atlantic, good to hear. 😀

http://saabsunited.saabklubben.se/2011/07/dhl-reduces-staff-again.html#comment-143237

tompa
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Great!

Carlo A
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Fantastic news … today also !!!!

Pedro
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Good stuff; this Top safety Pick rating is a good marketing tool.

No 9
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Undeniable proof the 9-4x is a SAAB (SAAB).

Nate 9-3
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Did the SRX receive this rating, too? If not, you could certainly use this award to differentiate the two.

CoolCombi
Member
5 years 2 months ago

This would be interesting because my Saab dealer is also a Cadillac dealer and they share the same showroom. Very interesting indeed!

Teme1001
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Yes, it seems that they have not tested the Saab, but the grade is based on the Cadillac SRX’s test.

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1163

looking for new car
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Exactly. They are saying the 9-4x is in fact a SRX. NHTSA does the same thing with Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, etc. I read in the nines magazine that Saab “improved” the roof (p.23). I’d love to see actual 9-4x crash test results.

Jeff
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Finally the good news is made public. We found this one out a while ago but had to keep our mouths shut :P. To make your day even brighter, there’s more good news in the pipeline.

JH
Member
5 years 2 months ago

It is indeed very good news! 😀 Are you also saying that more good news is coming today? Maybe you have a hotline to Maud Olofsson so you know which decision the Swedish Government will take? 😉

Piet-Hein S.
Member
5 years 2 months ago

interesting, but does it get Saab back in producing cars again? no. so: what’s the hassle?

Red J
Member
5 years 2 months ago

9k,
the 9-4x is the only Saab being build now, thus it is important if it gets some awards or not.

Tripod
Member
5 years 2 months ago

Of course not; but what should they have done? Told IIHS that “no, don’t release the news about the safety award for the 9-4x, it will do nothing to help us get the production running in THN”.

Good news is always good news; the 9-4x is on its way to the dealers. Soon they’ll have two, new, Top Safety Pick awarded vehicles to sell.

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