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 in April 2010 in customer hands; Saab had been producing 11.280 vehicles in less than a year under extremely adverse circumstances, with strong headwinds from GM, Opel and the engine 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.
All of the body shells of the model year 2010 came for this reason from the Opel main plant, only with the following model year, the tools were moved to the body shop to Sweden. Saab did not belong to GM at this time. Settlement in December 2010 was prevented by the sale to Spyker, the Saab engineers had vacated their desks at Opel. The Opel colleagues are said to have applauded when the Swedes moved out. The relationship between the two brands was never 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 GM, without external help, was a challenge for Saab. From the beginning there was also a problem with suppliers that 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 moved further towards the abyss, the 9-5 always remained present. Because every time there was hope, when a sale or the new production was announced, ran in the Saab Germany sales department, the fax machines with orders hot. Saab struggled to fill the order books. The 9-5 station wagon would have been for the launch of 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 were plagued by specific concerns. What if the leased 9-5 returned to the farm in a year or two? The residual values in the basement, the vehicles would not be available for sale? The concerns were not unfounded, and in the early months of 2012, it was not clear how things would turn 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 is the blog, except for Tuesday, the very last Saab. His production has been 6 years ago. We tell you what happened to production tools, bodyshell cars and lost sports suits. And how a Saab fan got his dream car home.