My Saab 9-5 NG Biopower left 2011 in March. He was delivered as a order vehicle to a customer in Gothenburg. A few days and a few vehicles later, the tapes were stationary in the factory. Forever, one refrains from the desperate and ultimately failed attempts to restart production.
The first vehicles came into customer hands in April 2010; Saab had produced 11.280 vehicles in just under a year - under extremely adverse conditions, with strong headwinds from GM, Opel and the motor press.
Actually, the new 9-5 should have been built in Rüsselsheim. Together with the Insiginia, which was technologically inferior to the Saab and only with its facelift to the level of the 9-5 was raised. So it wanted the Opel works council, and Trollhättan would have allowed to build small cars with the lightning on the hood.
For this reason, all bodyshells from the 2010 model year came from the main Opel plant; the tools were only moved to the body shop in Sweden in the following model year. At this point, Saab was no longer part of GM. The transaction in December 2010 was prevented by the sale to Spyker, the Saab engineers had cleared their desks at Opel. The Opel colleagues are said to have applauded when the Swedes left. The relationship between the two brands has never been without rivalries, the story is probably true.
It is also true that the new 9-5 with its adaptive suspension easily outclassed the Insiginia on the Opel test field in Dudenhofen. The Saab drove both the Opel, as well as other comparison makes in the test of it. That too should not have contributed to the good mood.
The start of production, after 20 years at GM, without external help, was a challenge for Saab. From the beginning there were also problems with suppliers who were no longer available.
Saab 9-5 NG. Top or flop?
Are 11.280 built vehicles a success or a flop? The bar could serve the other Swedish brand. Volvo is floating on a wave of success, the brand is growing, the press loves the manufacturer from Gothenburg. Advantage Volvo so. And yet, from April to December 2016, Volvo was only able to bring 7.383 new S90 sedans to customers worldwide. The last great Saab, under these circumstances, is an amazing success.
While at the end of March 2011 in Sweden rested the tapes, developments continued. On big diesel, of which only one copy survived as a pre-production vehicle, was in preparation. Many refinements would have flowed into the series in model year 2012, only that hatchback never existed. But for the 9-5 NG station wagon, the German Saab driver during the dealer tour in the fall 2011 were allowed to discover.
And while Saab continued to move towards the abyss, the 9-5 was always present. Because every time there was hope, when a sale or the restart of production was announced, the fax machines in the Saab Germany sales department ran hot with orders. Saab was doing its best to fill the order books. The 9-5 station wagon would have been available for the market launch at the price of the sedan, the warranty was extended to 3 years.
The last price list for the model year 2012
On the 7. October 2011 came the official price list for the model year 2012. Three days later, the revised version appeared. ( 9-5 features and prices MJ12_Ver.2 ) It was the last price list for the German market.
It did not change the fact that Saab was coming to an end. In December 2011 was over, and the Saab Automobile AB became history.
In the winter of 2011/12, some Saab dealers had very specific concerns. What if the leased 9-5 came back to the farm in a year or two? The residual values in the basement, the vehicles are in fact not for sale? The concerns were not unfounded and in the first few months of 2012 there was no telling how things would play out.
Stocks of some 9-5 NG stocks were down favorably in the spring, with large dealers closing their Saab division. The supply of spare parts was considered critical. But surprisingly fast, there was a demand for the last, big Saab. At the latest from summer 2012 changed things.
Factory sold. The rights to the 9-5 NG remain with GM.
The plant and some relics were sold to NEVS. The rights to the 9-5 remained with GM. At the latest here ended for many fans hope for replenishment. In winter 2012 Saab pre-production vehicles, including limousines and model year 2012, auctioned, The interest was enormous, the demand from other European countries much higher than from Sweden. In the home of Saab they had not realized that they had lost with the departure of Saab. Not until today.
The KVD auction brought 4 pre-series sports combinations to Germany. At that time I wrote that you will not see her on the street. A mistake ! Because I had not expected what would develop around the 9-5. In Kiel, and at some other Saab partners, the big Saab became the topic at the latest. Because demand and price rose, Saab Service Kiel brought the sports in the road, and the 9-5 went on its way to the dream car.
This week the blog belongs to the last Saab, except for Tuesday. Production ended 6 years ago. We tell what happened to production tools, bodyshells and lost sports suits. And how a Saab fan got his dream car home.