Life sometimes takes strange paths. A small, Swedish manufacturer disappears from the market. As a result, the last vehicles are given away more or less. And what happens then? In 2020, 8 years later, these cars are worth more than in 2012. They are surprisingly stable in value, if not increasing in value.
It was not foreseeable. Company cars from Saab Germany were available on the rest ramp for small amounts in 2012. The mood and forecasts for the future were bad. Spare parts, demand, everything on the ground. But the wind turned quickly, very quickly. The last great Saab, it became a myth! And only months after Saab Automobile AB's bankruptcy was more popular than ever.
The trolls' laughter
What would have happened if Saab had continued to build cars? The 9-5 sedan and the station wagon so fabled today would have had outsider chances at best. Generous discounts and subsidized leasing rates could have helped. In the second half of the model cycle, it would have been really tight. The effect of the novelty gone, the small group of brand fans adequately supplied with new cars. 9-5 used cars would have become a special offer on the gravel pitches; there would have been no chance against the big players with their powerful sales organizations.
The station wagon would not have turned the tide either. A huge car with an amazingly small amount of space. A strangely small trunk, not typically Saab, hardly thought out. To stay with the truth - for Saab itself, the 9-5 NG was at most a temporary solution. The means to an end that ensures survival. Bridging until the next generation would have rolled off the assembly lines on its own platform.
What you cannot have - you want that
The disappearance of Saab changed everything! Few cars, a hot story in the background. A drama! But it was not alone. Because if these ingredients were enough, brands like Rover would still be in discussion. But this is how the Rover 75, the last great representative of his family, dodges on the used car market. Except perhaps the rare V8, which has a special position. But even he can't match the used car prices of a Saab 9-5 NG.
The design is cool
That's where the secret lies. This incredible line speedometer, which is unique to this day and which simulates the artificial horizon of a fighter jet. The blue headlights, the LED light bar at the rear. The boat stern, which is reminiscent of an elegant yacht. In general, the whole package is right!
Saab anticipated different trends with a single car. The large premium brands took 5, 6, 7 years to incorporate individual features. A generation of vehicles later they are where Saab stood in 2010. The LED lightbar is popular in the Volkswagen conglomerate today. It is slowly being passed on to the lower vehicle classes.
Blue headlights can now be found in some electric cars, so far no one has dared to use the line speedometer alone. That would only work if you had credible aircraft DNA. Subaru would have it, maybe BMW too. Only both will not dare to do that. Too special, too brave.
Of course there is much more in the background that drives the uncanny career of the most stable Saab of all time. Workshops that care, enthusiasts who keep the cult alive.
The incredible career will continue
Few cars, a great design, an incredible story. A myth on 4 wheels that shines the more emphatically the longer the end of the brand. The best basis for continuing his career. The trend towards digitalization, which degrades the car of the future to a mere means of transport, reinforces this development. There will be nothing for the heart and the imagination in the future. Electric cars are so terribly factual.
To put it in a nutshell, the Saab 9-5 NG is the last great story from Trollhättan, the final laugh of the trolls. Because, if you are completely honest, only they could come up with this story.