Saab in the motor press: parking with the Saab 9-5 - Financial Times Deutschland

Saab 9-5 sedan
Saab 9-5 Sedan - Departure for Saab

Financial Times Deutschland tested the Saab 9-5. What the author of the Saab flagship thinks:

Saab used to drive my uncle Hermann. Slightly misproportionate cars were that, bulky and immensely Scandinavian.

My father explained to me: Saab, that's what individualists do. People like Hermann. That some time ago Saab came into economic difficulties as a daughter of General Motors, therefore, I immediately realized: If, as an automaker, you only have my uncle Hermann as a target group, That can not last long. It's probably a form of self-deception that the Saab 9-5 feels a bit like a sports car at the first meeting.

Finally, I know that the traditional Swedish brand now belongs to Spyker, a racing car manufacturer from the Netherlands. Since such a car acts automatically sleeker. But I also know that the silver-gray sedan is based in front of me at heart on the Opel Insignia, which is curious inasmuch as my uncle Hermann would never drive an Opel.

I myself do not see things so closely and head with the 9-5 a maximum individualist-suitable destination: not Berlin, not Hamburg, but one of the Käffer in between. Altfriesack is located in the deep Brandenburg near Neuruppin, the main attractions of the place are excellent smoked fish and an old bascule bridge.

The main attractions of my Saab 9-5 are its fairly large engine, its vanilla curd-colored leather seats and its HUD display, which projects the speedometer data onto the windshield from the inside like a jet fighter. There is also a parking assistance system in this vehicle, which overburdened me right to the end, but leaves a human impression: It always just says "Stop!" or “Parking space too small”, which is pretty much what a real passenger would say to me.

Thankfully, there is not much going on in Old Friesack, so I can quickly find a parking space without electrical aids. Just off the said bridge over a small canal is still space in front of a Golf with OPR license plate, which I take a backward sight, until I come with two wheels on the Schotterkantstein stop.

Maybe he's one of the last of his kind, my silver-gray Swede. Saab, it is said, is having production problems again. The production lines at the main Trollhättan plant have been idle since Wednesday because there are no more new parts from suppliers. Saab finds too few buyers, only 32.000 cars were built last year - including my good 9-5. It is now standing very neatly in front of a Golf and is doing its best not to attract anyone's attention: an absolutely normal mid-range car that does not even turn around in old fries. I wonder what my uncle Herrmann is driving today.

Source: Rainer Leuers / Financial Times Germany