Archive for December, 2005
Posted on 20. Dec, 2005 by Ryan.
Photo Credits: Saab Automobile
Saab Aero Academy Enrollment Now ‘Standard Equipment’ on 9-3 Aero Models
The Saab Aero Academy is expanding for the 2006 model year to complement Saabâ€™s growing product range. Enrollment in the performance driving school now comes standard with the purchase or lease of any model of the Turbo V6-equipped 2006 Saab 9-3 Aero â€“ Sport Sedan, Convertible or the new SportCombi. Owners of 2005 model year or newer Saab 9-5 Aeros also qualify.
The intensive two-day course is held at Road Atlanta in Braselton , Georgia and combines driver education with the thrill of piloting high performance vehicles. It consists of 80 percent advanced handling exercises on specially constructed training tracks and 20 percent classroom time. Aero Academy instructors are professional race drivers.
â€œThe Saab Aero Academy is not an extra and itâ€™s not an option,â€ says Saab USA General Manager Jay Spenchian. â€œItâ€™s as much a part of the Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as their turbocharged engines and is something no other automaker offers. It allows our customers to improve their driving skills and practice accident avoidance techniques while pushing the cars to their limits on a safe, closed course. Bottom line, if you love to drive and want to sharpen your skills, itâ€™s a must.â€
Aero Academy enrollees experience a skid pad where they learn how to control a car with proper steering, throttle and brake responses; â€œthresholdâ€ braking, which teaches how to apply brakes, improve reaction time and avoid brake lockup; a lane change exercise which is designed to improve reflexes and car control skills; a slalom course which tests timing, throttle and steering skills â€“ all while avoiding the orange cones; and an autocross, a scaled down race track that tests cornering, braking, acceleration and skid control while using 100 percent of the carsâ€™ potential.
Saab Aero Academy instructors are active in open wheel formula racing, sports car racing, endurance racing and oval track racing. Instructor to student ratio is 1:4. Over 1,400 Saab owners have participated in the Aero Academy since it was founded in 1999 under the name â€œ Viggen Flight Academy.â€
Customers enroll in the Saab Aero Academy by having their dealer submit their information to Saab Cars USA. Upon receiving a Saab Aero Academy certificate, the owner calls an 800 number to register for a particular session. The two-day program is free. Enrollees must pay for their own transportation to Road Atlanta, hotel accommodations and meals.
Saab USA is in the midst of the most aggressive new product development offensive in its 58-year history as an automaker. The 9-7X, Saabâ€™s first SUV, was introduced in June 2005, the five-door 9-3 SportCombi, which rounds out the 9-3 range, went on sale in November 2005 and a refreshed 9-5 sedan and SportCombi, the flagships of the Saab lineup, will be in dealerships by the end of the year. In addition to the new cars, an all-new 250-horsepower 2.8L V6 Turbo engine will be standard equipment in all top-of-the-line 9-3 Aero models.
Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-2X, 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.saabusa.com.
Posted on 05. Dec, 2005 by Ryan.
Photo Credits: Saab Automobile
“Top Pick” Honor for Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan in New US Safety Report
The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan is a Gold Award winner in the first-ever Top Safety Pick award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
This finding confirms the high level of occupant protection provided by the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, which also received an industry-best five-star rating in EuroNCAP’s front- and side-impact crash tests.
The ‘Top Safety Pick – Gold Award’ is a best-of-the-best distinction that recognizes car designs that provide the best occupant protection in front, side and rear crashes based on Institute testing.
IIHS crash tests result in ratings from good to poor with top performers receiving a “good” and “Best Pick” designation. The 9-3 Sport sedan received a Best Pick in both front and side crash tests.
The IIHS frontal impact test is carried out at 40 mph against a deformable fixed barrier, with a 40 percent driver’s side offset.
A deformable barrier constructed to resemble a full-size sport utility vehicle, is propelled at 31 mph against the driver’s side of the car to measure side impact protection.
The rear-end test simulates a 20-mph rear impact into a stationary car, during which the front seat/head restraint performance is assessed. The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan received a ‘good’ in this test.
“Our priority is always to protect real people in real crashes through the implementation of our Real-life Safety strategy,” said Per Lenhoff, head of Crash Safety Development at Saab.
Saab Real-life Safety involves the use of computer simulations and crash tests designed to replicate what happens in real collisions on real roads, based on the findings of a database covering more than 6,100 real-life crashes involving Saab cars on Swedish roads.
During the Saab 9-3 product development program, the 9-3 Sport Sedan’s structural design and occupant protection systems were evaluated in consumer and legally required crash tests as well as a large number of in-house configurations taking occupants of different sizes into consideration. Prototype tests were carried out in the laboratory and outdoors in a range of speeds and configurations.
Note to Editors:
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit research and communications organization in the United States funded by auto insurers. It investigates the crashworthiness of vehicles and its affiliate organization, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), processes and publishes data showing how insurance losses for injury, theft and damage repair vary between different vehicles on the market.
Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab USA is the importer and distributor of Saab 9-2X, 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.saabusa.com.
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