Traditionally, every Saab is one of the safest vehicles in its decade. Whether we're talking about the Saab 99, Saab 900 or 9000, the mission to build a safe car is firmly rooted in the Saab DNA.
The Saab 9-5 NG is no exception, and when it was released, it delivered excellent results in the Euro NCAP crash test. How safe the big Swede is in real life could be experienced last week by an 65-year-old Saab driver from Austria. His 9-5 NG V6 XWD from 2011 did not come to a halt on the A1 highway in time and got under a semitrailer that dragged the 9-5 a bit longer. Accidents like this are the real nightmare for every car driver and often do not come to a good end.
The vehicle structure is subjected to extreme underfoot, often collapses the passenger cabin. How that can end, I do not have to describe. The driver of the 9-5 NG was lucky in the accident and could leave the vehicle with slight injuries. The structure of the 9-5 has held and the Saab has fulfilled its mission by protecting the life of its driver.
The accident was a topic in the local media, the car is of course a total loss, and unfortunately so is a 9-5 NG less on the way. Which is secondary, because the Saab driver is fine and that alone counts. Everything else is just deformed sheet metal. The Saab workshop, which notified us of the accident, is very impressed with the behavior of the body in this serious accident. The images of the vehicle show that the impact energy was dissipated beyond the C-pillar.
And, even if I don't like accident photos and usually decide not to publish them on the blog, the story impresses me - and after some deliberation, I decided to publish it. Saab did a really good job developing the 9-5 and met all of the expectations associated with the brand. That is important, and the safe feeling when we are on the road with a Saab has been confirmed by facts. There's nothing more to say about that.