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All New Saab 9-5 Wagon Photo Uncovered By Autoblog

Posted on 27. Apr, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Autoblog

The Autoblog have uncovered the latest photograph of the all new Saab 9-5 wagon, showcasing what it will look like when unveiled as a 2011 model year.

What do you think about the look of this car as shown above?

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BAIC Introduces New C71 Based On Saab 9-5 Sedan

Posted on 20. Apr, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: China Car Times



Photo Credits: Sohu

BAIC, the company that bought Saab Automobile’s old Saab 9-5 technology are planning on releasing their new version of it, known as the Beijing C71 according to China Car Times.

This news should not be a surprise, since BAIC indicated this past December that they want to start integrating their designs into the Saabs immediately.

Here’s an excerpt below:

but the real star of the line up is the Beijing C71, based on the Saab technology that Beijing Auto acquired from Saab prior to its sale to Spyker cars earlier this year. Powerplants for the above models, aside from the EV, are likely to be Saab units in turbo and naturally aspirated form. We will have to wait until press day to confirm however, but it is looking highly likely.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week "Saab 9-5 Safety"

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by .




Photo Credit: Peter F

Saab History has received a photo by Peter F here in Portland, Maine for this week’s Saab Sighting of the week.

This photo taken by his mobile phone, depicts a Saab 9-5 Sedan in Polar white on a flatbed getting hauled away from what looks to be a rear-end accident.

I hope that the owner’s of this vehicle realize just how much Saab focuses on Safety in every vehicle they produce. If the insurance adjuster claims the vehicle totaled, one can hope that the owners are looking at the newer Saab 9-5 as a worthy replacement, just look at those crash tests!

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Final Saab 9-5 SportCombi Model Rolls Off Assembly Line

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The final 2009 MY Saab 9-5 SportCombi, originally planned to end final production in March, ended today at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

This now concludes all Saab 9-5 production models for the 2009 model year, as the sedan ended this past July.

It was kind of strange, that Saab History heard about this through an rss feed through Swedish publication, Teknikens World instead of directly from Saab Automobile themselves. I would check out the link here for more photos of the car however, it’s interesting.

Update: Saab Automobile Provides Press Release:

Out with the Old, In with the New: Final Current Generation Saab 9-5 Produced

* Last first generation Saab 9-5 rolls off Trollhättan production line
* Almost 500,000 produced since 1997
* Next generation 9-5 being prepared for launch this year

The last current generation Saab 9-5 to be produced, a silver Griffin edition SportCombi, rolled off the assembly line yesterday (1 February) at Saab’s Trollhättan plant in Sweden.

Almost half a million 9-5s have been produced since its launch in 1997 – 252,236 sedans and 231,357 SportCombis. This popular model, soon to be replaced by an all-new generation, introduced a number of industry innovations: active front head restraints (SAHR), ventilated seats, Night Panel instrument dimming, a charcoal interior air filter and Saab BioPower flex-fuel turbo technology.

The last Saab 9-5 is bound for the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, where it will join an illustrious line-up of all Saab’s key models. As it left the assembly line, a new chapter in Saab product history was beginning – the first all-new 9-5 sedans are already being produced at the world class Trollhättan facility ahead of launch later this year.

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Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

The last 9-5: an generation of a rolling band of today

Today at 12.30 last rolled Saab 9-5 from the first generation of the assembly line in Trollhättan. The art world were on hand to immortalize the moment.

World art photographer Glenn Lindberg is currently in Trollhättan, specifically in the Saab factory. Where has he for a little while ago, witnessed the completion of the last Saab 9-5 from the first generation, then the one you see on the pictures above and below.

16 June 1997 rolled off the first 9-5: an of the band. A SportCombi in red metallic with 150-horsepower light-pressure turbo under the hood and manual transmission. Today the car at the Saab museum in Trollhättan, Saab 9-5, which also number 483 593 will do, that is the car that rolled off the tape at 12.30 today, 1 February 2010.

This last copy of the outgoing 9-5 SportCombi is one of the color Snow Silver with a 2.3t BioPower engine of 210 horsepower under the hood. In terms of the equipment contains the most you can think of in a car, that is, leather upholstery, navigator, and much more – just like a Griffin Vector Sport Edition will have.

Saab 9-5 from the first generation produced in just over 12.5 years and during this period, we therefore had time to build 483 593 copies. It is slightly less than what its predecessor managed by Saab 9000, informs Peter Bäckström, head of the Saab museum, us. 9000 was produced in just over 503 000 copies, but it also made it over a slightly longer period, between 1984 and 1998.

We say thanks and farewell to the first generation Saab 9-5, which has done a good job in just over twelve years and welcome the new Saab 9-5 with open arms. And so we hope that the new 9-5, although new it would turn out to be an exceptionally good car, not a long-running series of the same rank as its predecessor.

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Saab Employee Showcases Final Saab Of The Year Produced At Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Gary Car Wheels

On the website, Gay Car Fans, they have received photos from a Saab employee stating that this is the final Saab car to leave the Saab factory for the year. This photo was taken as production at the factory stopped for 4-weeks until it ramps back up after the first week of January.

This car is a 2010 model year Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T as seen in the photos that clearly look like it was taken by a cell phone camera. I thought cell phone cameras were not allowed in the factory? I remember when I took the tour in 2007 during the Saab Festival, we all had to put our phones in a box before the tour began and pick them up after. Perhaps employees are allowed to?

This vehicle should be placed in the Saab Car Museum regardless, as it is a piece of Saab History!

Here is the quote from the individual that posted the photo.

9-5_rearYes,basically there are two option for a “final car” as i see it. Vehicles that has not yet begun it process in any of the assembly shops (body,paint and general/finish assembly) can not be included even if there is an order/VIN number etc.

I dont know why i couldn’t post my message, becuase i explained it there.

The first one, is the final car that is currently standing at the final gate on the driven line. It is about 2 meter left in order to falling of the line. It’s completed,but not tested and verifed. So when the cars has been tested and verified there once again a option for finding the “final car made”.

The car that is standing infront of the verifed once,ready to burn out from the factory and heading towards the seller is what i would call “THE FINAL CAR MADE”

Here it is on a photo (again sorry for the poor quality on these)

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Saab Sell 9-3 Tech, 9-5 Model & Powertrain To BAIC

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

This just in from Saab Automobile as posted on their Newsroom website

According to Saab’s Press Officer, Gunilla Gustavs “This deal for “certain” technology for the current 9-3 model line, and not for the 9-3 model itself, the current 9-5 model as well as some powertrain technology were sold to BAIC”

This is good to know, because it initially appeared that it was the 9-3 model which is incorrect, the only model being sold is the current 9-5.

it is important to know that the deal itself has no bearing on Saab’s sale process nor does it have anything do with the Saab brand. The vehicles and technology will end up with BAIC and will not have any reference or connection to Saab once acquired.

The price for the transaction was not mentioned nor was it not provided when requested as it was confidential.

Saab Automobile and Beijing Automotive reach milestone in technology cooperation

December 14 2009, Trollhättan.

Saab Automobile AB announced today that it had closed on the sale to Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings Co. Ltd (BAIC) of certain Saab 9-3, current 9-5 and powertrain technology and tooling. Saab will assist BAIC to integrate this technology into future BAIC vehicles.

Jan Åke Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab Automobile said: “This arrangement is excellent for both parties, now and for the future. We have developed a good relationship with BAIC and look forward to working with them to integrate this Saab technology into their future vehicles.”

• Saab closed on a sale of certain Saab 9-3, current 9-5 and Powertrain technology to BAIC

• Current 9-5 tooling will move to China where it will be used to make BAIC vehicles

• Saab will assist BAIC in integrating this technology into BAIC vehicles

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Saab History Learns That BAIC Plans To Continue Old Saab 9-5 Production In Beijing, China

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .



Saab History has learned at the recent 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show that BAIC, the ones that just signed a memorandum of understanding with Koenigsegg, plan on continuing the old Saab 9-5 production in Beijing, China once the all new Saab 9-5 production begins in Trollhattan, Sweden.

Although the old 9-5 Sedan ended production during the first week in July and it’s 9-5 SportCombi counterpart will cease production in March of 2010, that production has been indicated to be continuing on in China at some point.

While all of Saab Automobile’s new products will be built in Trollhättan, Sweden, their old 9-5 now in its 12th year, will continue on for presumably the Chinese only-market. Initially learning about this plan, I was not alarmed as much as the news that came recently from TTELA who spoke to BAIC’s CEO Wang Dazong, where he indicated that he not only wants production, but technology and intellectual property rights from Saab Automobile as well.

I think that recycling a good product is one thing and keeping it alive is a nice idea for a particular market, (I wish they could have done this with the old C900), but wanting Saab’s technology and intellectual rights sounds exactly like what hurt Saab with GM all of these years and I don’t want that repeated with BAIC.

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Saab 9-5 SportCombi Production Ends March, 2010

Posted on 21. Sep, 2009 by .



Saab History has learned that the current 9-5 SportCombi will be ending production in Trollhattan, Sweden by March of 2010, following the 9-5 sedan than ended production in Sweden in July of 2009.

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