We almost never post accident photos on our blog, although we are confronted with them on a regular basis, and the Saabs always impressively demonstrate a high standard of safety.
But our cars are getting older, so it seems important to remember how well Saab engineers have done. You can see that in the older vehicles too. The Saab 9000, which came on the market more than 30 years ago, is still considered to be average safe, according to Folksam Versicherung. And Saab 900 II, 9-3 I, 9-3 II and 9-5 I are listed as being above-average safe in real-life accidents.
Saab 9-5 vs. Toyota Hilux
How well an early Saab 9-5 sports car beats in everyday traffic shows us the following accident pictures. The accident opponent is conceivable unfavorable, because he brings much more weight on the scales than the Saab. A Toyota Hilux with bodyweight weighs over 2 tons, the 9-5 has half a ton less to offer. Not a good starting position.
The following accident scenario occurred: A Toyota Hilux took the right of way from the Saab 9-5, which was also named Paul, at the intersection of a main road. The 17-year-old Saab successfully "fended off" the attack and transported the off-road vehicle to the traffic island. Both vehicles are just scrap value and can no longer be repaired.
Josef, the owner of the 9-5 and reader on the blog, got away unhurt and with a great deal of horror. The Toyota driver had to go to hospital with a whiplash, but was soon released. No people were seriously harmed, no one was killed. And that's good.
Active headrests as a security feature. Lifesaver since 1997.
We remember: With the Saab 9-5 and the first 9-3 generation, Saab gave the world the ingenious, active headrests. They save us from whiplash in the event of an accident, and unfortunately it took other manufacturers a long time to offer this innovation to their customers. Toyota is now equipping its vehicles with active headrests, but relies on a different system than at Saab. And the 7th generation Hilux doesn't seem to have this feature.
It is impressive to see how confidently the 9-5 behaved towards a larger and heavier opponent. He is a lifesaver and has accomplished his mission. It makes a good feeling when we know our families and people who are important to us are out and about in a Saab.