This is one of the bigger reviews for Saab. It’s not Car and Driver, or MotorTrend, or any of those big buff mags. What it is, however, is one of the biggest publications in one of Saab’s biggest markets – The Boston Globe.
One great point about the review is their coverage of the campaign waged by enthusiasts to support the sale of Saab. It really emphasises the point that this is a company that was worth fighting for. The new Saab 9-5 is the first reward for that fight.
……when GM said in December that it would “wind down” Saab after failing to sell it, they couldn’t issue another press release and walk away. Saab dealers had become used car lots as GM halted production. Saab loyalists were furious.
Through their rage in the media, protests at GM headquarters, and outpouring of support to local dealers, Saab fans convinced GM to allow a proper sale in January to Dutch-based Spyker Cars.
The review comes out quite favourably for the Saab 9-5, too, although I wish the author had concentrated a bit more on the 2011 range than on the 2010 car he was driving. The focus on what is a very short model year takes some of the shine off the car as a potential drawcard for customers in the Boston market.
Some other snippets…..
Now that it’s here, the 2010 9-5 is a modern, distinctive luxury sedan. The blacked-out pillars, angled roofline, turbine fan wheels, and blue-tinted light surrounds create an elegant form. Green interior lighting dresses up the trademark “egg crate” vents and sleek driver-oriented dashboard…..
…..When you’re not manhandling it, the 9-5 feels quiet and unobtrusive. Directional stability and rain-sensing wipers were top-notch as I forged through a heavy storm, following a convoy of journalists from the Poconos. I was one-handing the 9-5 as it got pelted and drenched, tuning the radio to country and sinking into the firm, ventilated seat. This is the only time I’ll say this, but there’s no chance I’d have traded it for my colleague’s Corvette ZR1.
And well done to my good mate at Charles River Saab, Pierre Belperron, for setting up the test. Good pro-active stuff!