The Saab 9-5 sunroof issue – explained and filed away.

In a few posts over the last week, we’ve talked about the US release of the 2010 Saab 9-5 and in the midst of that conversation, it has been noted that there’s no sunroof option for the 2010 model year.
I don’t know for sure, but I suggest that those conversations have prompted some questions and answers in the US.
This appears to be a response to the issue, posted in comments by a validated commenter:

Due to late validation issues on the panoramic moonroof, we have been forced to take the decision not to offer this feature on the 2010 9-5 Aero. The total production of this model is approximately 600 units meaning that this issue is limited to a small population of vehicles.
This issue does not affect the 2011 model year.
We apologize for any confusion and concerns this has caused.

So there we go. There’s been an issue of some sort but they’ve pressed on with a 2010 model. It’ll be sorted for 2011.
Yes, it’s somewhat disappointing for many if there’s no roof option, but this is confined to a small number of cars and it was absolutely the right decision to make. Better (and quite essential) to get the cars out there and selling again rather than another 6 months of market stagnation and cashflow problems.
Those cars will find buyers but even more importantly, it means Saab can get out their with a message saying “we’re still here and we’ve got new product”.
Thanks to J.

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