Video: Anders Svensson on Saab 9-5 development

The following is the second video from the new Saab 9-5 press kit. It features Anders Svensson, Vehicle Line Executive for the new 9-5 and he’s got some interesting remarks to make about what it’s been like to be part of the development of this vehicle.

He also says some interesting things about residuals and also about fuel consumption and emissions. Those are big ticket issues with Saab and the new 9-5 in particular, so it’s interesting that they were spoken about here.


Again, well done to the Saab PR team for what’s been an excellent presentation to accompany the launch of this car.

AMS file first review of Saab 9-5

The guys from Sweden’s Auto Motor and Sport are at today’s first press drive and they’ve phones in some preliminary thoughts.

Dot points here, as it’s a short piece, which you can read (or translate) here.

  • This new car looks a hundred thousand kronor more expensive than its predecessor
  • “Never have we been able to drive a Saab on the attack with as light fingers on the steering wheel!”
  • Car feels like it can definitely take Saab well into the next decade
  • None of the negatives from the Opel Insignia can be traced through to the 9-5
  • Even 18-inch wheels look small-ish

The bit I really like is the poll at the bottom:

First road test report of the new Saab 9-5

It seems one or two journalists might have snuck into last week’s premiere event that was (reportedly) VIP’s only. Autocar’s Hilton Holloway has published the first review of the new Saab 9-5.

Was it good? Yes, it seems it was very, very good.

Holloway reports only on 2.8T V6 Aero version so it’s unknown if he got to drive the others, but his thoughts on the V6 Aero are very encouraging.

It’s not a long piece – more of a first look than a full blown review – so here are a few short snippets only:

….in this range-topping form, the 9-5 is arguably the most purely-conceived Saab since the 9000 was launched back in 1985, with 70 percent of its part numbers unique to Saab.

….the 9-5 range probably offers more space than any other car retailing for under £50,000.

….there’s a satisfying sophistication to the drivetrain of this new Saab. The engine is very smooth and extremely refined under cruising conditions and the autobox swift to respond. The fact that it can get to 62mph in 6.9 seconds, despite weighing 1945kg gives some idea of its potency. The 9-5 can kick down and sprint past slower cars with ease.

Head on over to Autocar and read the full report for yourself. There are some great numbers and little factoids in there and I can’t wait to hear more as the rest of the world’s reports come out this week.

Thanks to Sven for the tip!

Press Kit: Saab 9-5 development in pictures

The full Saab 9-5 press kit (less the videos, which I’ll add later) has just been released today. I’ve reproduced all of the documentation in the 5 posts below this one. It’s largely the same as what we saw at the car’s motor show release last year, but I figured it was wise to re-publish just in case.

I’m so impressed by the quality of the press kit materials for the 9-5. This is fantastic stuff.

Following is an overview of the development and building of the new Saab 9-5, told via Saab’s own images and words. Start with the first photo and just keep on going.


Press Kit: Saab 9-5 Overview

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

* Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X concept and Saab heritage
* Engineered with driver in focus for segment leading sporty driving experience
* Excels in responsible performance for safety and environmental concern
* Most technically advanced Saab with an array of ‘high-tech’ features

The all new Saab 9-5 sedan signals the start of a new era for the Saab brand. Sleek, sophisticated and unmistakably Saab, it combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and brings a fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.
The clean, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian design and its dramatic wraparound window graphic echoes Saab’s aviation heritage. With frontal styling inspired by the award-winning Aero X concept car and a muscular, low-slung stance, the new 9-5 heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language.

The array of high-tech features on offer includes: an aircraft-like head-up information display (Pilot HUD); adaptive lighting (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and starting; tri-zone air conditioning; dynamic parking assistance and Saab XWD with a rear eLSD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.

Read morePress Kit: Saab 9-5 Overview

Press Kit: Saab 9-5 design

All New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Scandinavian Design Simplicity Has Never Looked This Good

• Saab unveils new era in expressive Scandinavian design
• Delivers on signposts from Aero X concept car
• ‘Organic sculpture’ presents Saab signature design themes
• More spacious, driver-focused cabin

Born and bred in Scandinavia, the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan is a sleek expression of the power of simplicity and heralds the arrival of a new, more assertive design language for the brand.

Forward-looking design that doesn’t ignore where it’s coming from – that sums up the visual appeal of the car. “We are adopting a new vocabulary to tell the story of our brand,” explains Saab Brand Design Chief Simon Padian. ”It gives a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic design cues.”

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Press Kit: Saab 9-5 engine and powertrain

All-new Saab 9-5 line – Less Is More with All Turbo Engine Line-up

• Responsible performance with efficient four-cylinder turbo engines
• CO2 values from just 139 g/km
• Three fuel types: gasoline, E85 and diesel in all-turbo line-up

The new 9-5’s all-turbo powertrain line-up brings together Saab expertise in turbocharging with state-of-the-art engine technologies.

With gasoline and BioPower (E85 compatible) engines developing more than 100 hp per liter, the new 9-5 Sedan also advances Saab’s rightsizing powertrain strategy. That means efficient turbocharged engines as small as 1.6 liters can make a fitting partner for Saab’s new premium sedan. With diesel power, CO2 emissions as low as 139 g/km are also on offer. All transmissions are six-speed.

Gasoline choice

All engines feature electronic management, electronic throttle control, direct ignition and four valves per cylinder operated by overhead, maintenance-free, chain-driven camshafts. For longevity and reliability, turbochargers are water-cooled and use air-to-air intercooling to increase intake charge density.

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