Born from Jets

Saab automobiles and airplanes, that has tradition. The origins of the factory are in aircraft construction, the first test laboratory for engine development was in the former tower at home.

Born from Jets, Saab 9-5 NG.
Born from Jets, Saab 9-5 NG.

The early Saabs benefited from the knowledge of the aircraft designers, the boundaries between the departments were fluid. This is very nice to see on the Saab 95. The station wagon also shows openly on its C-pillar also for laymen that lightweight construction and ingenious ideas from the aircraft production flowed into the automobile construction.

The ergonomics in a Saab, the cockpit in the 9000, all this was in exchange with the aircraft manufacturers, who had never cut the wire in the Stallbacka so completely. The Saab Nightpanel, found in every modern Saab, is an example of this.

With the Saab 9-5 NG, the “Born from Jets” idea was revived, the cockpit became more of an airplane than ever. In the last Saab, the piece of extravagance came back that we had missed over the years. A dashboard so close to the Aero X study, no one except Saab would have dared. One can take this for tradition maintenance or marketing. The truth will be in between.

But there is a Saab 9-5 NG that was indeed in the air. Quite a long way even ... over the North Atlantic, to be specific. His unique story, which takes place on two continents and in three countries, will be told on Monday on the blog. “Born from Jets” then takes on a new meaning.

In the meantime, the Saab Youngtimer and Classic Blog will tell the story of a beautiful Saab Monte Carlo. All readers a nice Sunday!

5 thoughts on "Born from Jets"

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    Do the three strapped males indicate how many lives in the flight simulator I still have?

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    I like the artificial horizon, typically SAAB. I've never seen the little jet there, great.

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      The speedometer is SUPER even for large steps up to 140, then small ones -> this is a SUPER solution in city traffic, because, in contrast to mini speedometers from VW + POPEL + Co, you can easily see it in the corner of your eye ... the night panel is also legendary ... SAAB: practical & well thought out, but possibly too top-heavy for the mainstream 🙂 - compliments again to Tom & the others! Thanks for all the information - keep it up!

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      It is indeed really cool. The "artificial horizon" moves as speed increases / decreases and can be found in all 9-5NG and 9-4X models. The tiny aircraft logo however is something unique for some of the MY12 9-5NG's. My own SportCombi has it, but I know of some others that don't. In any case, great reference to SAAB's aircraft heritage!

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    Could be my 95NG TiD! I now have about 23500 km on the speedometer, of course with the "artificial horizon" switched on! I am still enthusiastic about the 95NG, it runs wonderfully and has not caused any problems so far! Well, with the few kms, no special achievement.
    Pre-Christmas greeting from a wet gray CH, Hans

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