Back in 2005, Saab USA launched an ad campaign titled “Born from Jets“. Through both TV and print advertising, the company reached back to its unique aircraft roots. While the ads were received well and were deemed quite spectacular, they weren’t without controversy as defense company SAAB AB apparently wasn’t too happy with the campaign, in particular as non-Saab fighters were used by the ad agency. Back in Sweden, genuine Saab fighter jets can be found on pedestals all around the country in locations that have a (historic) connection with Saab. Here, a Saab 9-5NG SportCombi is standing beside a Saab Viggen in Grästorp, just outside of Trollhättan.
Arguably one of the most beautiful Saab models ever made, the Saab 9-5 “New Generation” was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2009 and during the two eventful years that followed, a total of 11,320 production 9-5s rolled off the assembly lines in Trollhättan, Sweden.
The interest for the 9-5NG has been growing steadily since and the cars are now rapidly becoming collector’s items. With the increasing popularity, the demand for detailed production data has also grown, but the demise of Saab Automobile AB unfortunately made access to reliable information quite difficult.
Tomorrow, Friday June 9th 2017, the world’s largest Saab gathering will commence again!
Held every 2nd year, the Saab Festival attracts several hundreds of Saab car enthusiasts from all over the world to Trollhättan, Sweden.
The first time the 9-5NG SportCombi participated was in June 2013…how many will we see this year?
Photo from tella, Dragan Mitrovic, http://ttela.se/ekonomi/saab/1.1130171-varldspremiar-for-9-5-sportcombi World Premiere at the Saab Factory in Trollhättan for the all new Saab 9-5 Sportcombi 2011-02-23, 11:30 am. Press and 3 800 Saab employees were shown the new cars. There was also a speech by Saabs vd Jan Åke Jonsson and Spykers Victor Muller.
5 years ago was a very exciting and important year for Saab. It was now it would be proved if Saab has come to stay or not. Now we know unfortunately how it went and the new Saab 9-5 Sportcombi was to be salvaged for scrap metal and one preserved for Saab Museum.
However, the creditors were standing in line to get their money back so everything that could be sold was to be auctioned off. That also included the test cars such as 9-5 Sportcombi. Some were in such poor condition they were not considered to be safe and could not be sold. The Swedish Transport Agency had already decided from the beginning that they were only test cars and would not be allowed to be registered legally and therefore not be driven on public roads. KVD had the great “honor” of holding in some of the auctions all sold prices are listed in the 9-5 Sportcombi directory, http://9-5sc2012.com/saab-9-5-sportcombi-2012-directory/.