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Hey Kiwi Guy I forgot to answer your question about the sale of Saturn, Saturn has been sold to a guy named Roger Penske of the Penske Automotive Group on June 5th 2009.
 

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The new 9-5 is a MASSIVE improvement over the old one. However, we still need to see interior pics and need to know what kind of technology and equipment they have put in it. Don't forget, it may look good, but will it sell?
 

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Hey kiwi guy, Im happy to say that there will be an all new V6 in the new 9-5 however the 9-3 will loose its V6. BioPower 4 cylinder engine and a diesel will be availible, that way everyones happy!
 

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Recently potential investors and journalists visited Saab´s top secret showroom of the future to see the exiting future line-up. The cars they saw where the next generation of Saab vehicles including the 9-5 Sedan, 9-5 Wagon, 9-4X as well as other unspecified top secret vehicles. Saab has stated they will be launching 4 new cars in 18 months starting with the 9-3X this summer!
What car are you most excited about driving?

 

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Goodbye old 9-5 :-(

Below is some extracts from CAR Magazine in the UK by Greg Fountain:



"I started writing this at least five years ago, round about the time we thought the 9-5 surely must be due for replacement.....I'm a slow writer, but I rarely take 5 years to write 450 words.....
.....The incomprehensible delay in replacing what is one of only two model lines flags up the utter hash General Motors has made of its Swedish asset....

.....It had a slightly imperfect, offbeam coolness of the kind that also defines Alfa Romeo. Enough coolness to make it worshipped almost fetishistically by sufficient customers either side of the Atlantic, cementing a business case only GM could fail to open and shut.....

....Inside, the 9-5 was simply brilliant....the Swedes understand furniture (the seats) like the French understand cuisine....

.....Purist drivers, badge snobs, the uninitiated and those who crave the safety of the tribe never got the 9-5. Here in the motoring press we rarely hailed it, almost never gave it a slot in a 5-series group test. But when I was editing this magazine back in 2002 I ran a 9-5 saloon as a long-term test car. And I still, to this day, miss it."


A fitting goodbye for a fantastic automobile.
 

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The 9-3x is already being driven as everyday cars in Sweden by Saab employees before its even been launched! These are not test cars they belong to employees!



 

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This bought a tear to my eye, the last ever 9-5 SportSedan :-( It is destined for the UK. I wish it was destined for my driveway in New Zealand!

 

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Hi yall, just thought Id let yas know that there are many new sketches and actual photos of the 2010 9-5 on the net at the moment, I thought I would post the most important ones here so you dont have to go looking!







What do you think China?
 

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I expect Koenigsegg will do the right thing and keep Saab Swedish, in other words buy Saab. That way, they could actually make a profit rather then run at a loss as they have been doing in past years.
 

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As The Experssion Goes - Who's A Pretty Boy?

Ill tell you who the pretty boy is, thats the new kid on the block and hez looking pretty swish.



Front end styling is oh so Saab and very modern looking:


The car is simply huge! Check out the following exterior pics:





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Interior styling has definatly improved however it seems that the quirky Saab touch is dissapearing from the flagship sedan:





The steering wheel and gear shifter from the insignia is just the start, take a look at the centre console, the seats and the door panneling! The quirky but somewhat useless 9-5 'butterfly' cupholder is gone as to have the Saab 2000 inspired 'fasten seat belt' warning light.

With those things aside, the 9-5 is definatly up with the big boys, finally offering technology worthy of a press release!



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Perhaps one of my favourite features of the new 9-5 is this:



We say good bye to the tacky 90's looking key idea and move into the twentyfirst century with push button start:



The 9-5 has sadly lost its griffen badging on the interior and rear of the car:



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Let us not forget that the 9-5 has an all new key fob too!



As you may have realised, judging by the size of this post Im just so excited about this new car!



Colour scemes for the 2010 9-5 are:



The following is the description given from a magazine article:

OVERVIEW

The Saab 9-5 offers excellent performance and value in the performance oriented midsize luxury category. It is available in Sedan in base and Aero levels, and in front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

NEW FOR 2010


2.8L V6 Turbocharged engine

OnStar® 1-year Directions & Connections Plan2 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation

Bluetooth® wireless technology for select compatible phones17

6-speed Sentronic automatic transmission with manual shift

Lane Departure Warning available

Rear Passenger Package includes rear seat entertainment, dual display

DVD, remote control, auxiliary jacks, dual channel headphones, tri-zone climate control, rear seat audio controls

EZ Key passive entry system

SELECTED STANDARD FEATURES

Safety and Security

Dual-stage front air bags with passenger sensing system1

Side-impact and head curtain side-impact air bags1

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) system

Theft-deterrent system

Daytime Running Lamps

Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control

OnStar® 1-year Directions & Connections Plan2 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation


Interior


Front leather-appointed heated bucket seats with power adjustments, driver memory

Split-folding rear seat

Floor console with armrest

Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration system

Driver Information Center with outside temperature display

Tilt/telescoping adjustable steering column

Universal Home Remote

Cargo Management System

Remote Keyless Entry with keyless start button

AM/FM stereo with CD player, XM Radio3 with a 3-month trial, USB port and harman/kardon® speaker system

Bluetooth® wireless technology for select compatible phones


Mechanical


Front-wheel drive

2.8L Turbocharged V6 engine

6-speed Sentronic automatic transmission with manual shift

4-wheel disc antilock brake system with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution

Power rack-and-pinion steering

4-wheel independent suspension

Lowered, sport-tuned chassis (Aero)


Exterior


Intermittent rain-sensing front windshield wipers

Front integral fog lamps

P225/55R17 all-season tires

5-spoke aluminum wheels


SELECTED OPTIONAL FEATURES

Ultrasonic Front and Rear Parking Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Seating options: driver and passenger ventilated seats, semi-Aniline leather surfaces
Tri-zone climate control
Head Up Display
Audio options: Rear seat controls, rear seat entertainment, voice recognition, Navigation radio, 6-disc CD changer, surround sound, 40GB hard drive device
2.8L HO Turbocharged V6 engine (Aero)
All-wheel drive
Electronic Slip Differential (e-LSD)
EZ Key passive entry system
Xenon headlamps with auto-leveling and adaptive forward lighting
Power moonroof
18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels

ENGINES:

1.6t (190hp),
2.0t (220hp),
2.8t V6 (300hp),
2.0TiD (160hp) and TTiD(190hp)

Im sure BMW and Audi are shaking in their Barvarian designed snow boots after seeing this car!

Heres one last look for now:

 

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It looks good, much better than the tacky model before, But what is with the lines around the instrument cluster? they dont match the steering wheel, nor the fishnet aircondition blowerthingys in any way.
That's my ony niggle. Otherwise, AWESOME JOB SAAB!:clap:
 

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The New 9-5 - Photos Just Keep On Coming!

Hi KiwiGuy, Im glad you like the new 9-5! Please keep in mind that the interior is the base model fitted with optional extras.

Exciting news is that Saab's new 9-5 is up with the competition! Look closely at the top of the dash:



Im loving the big screen, although like the old 9-5, it may only be availible in the big markets.

It seems that this car is fitted with the optional cargo seperator:



The new 9-5 features an all new 9-5 badge, note how the 9 is more squared:



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A better look at the big screen:



Up close of that GM sourced shifter!



This car is very attractive from the outside but I cannot help but feel that this car was designed with little funds availible and were told to take what they could from the insignia. It will reflect badly in the reviews.

 

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This forum should be renamed the new Saab 9-5!

Ive got some exciting new photos to share!









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