• Jan 9th 2009 at 8:29AM
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On the market since 1997, Saab's 9-5 is getting more than a little long in the tooth. The Swedish automaker is about to launch the Griffin Edition of its aging sedan, but that's a stop-gap at best; if Saab is serious about its future, it's going to need an all-new 9-5. Or more accurately, if General Motors is serious about Saab's future, it will need a new 9-5 - or at least the perception of a forthcoming 9-5 among investors (Wagoner and company have hinted at that they may sell off or shut down their quirky Scandinavian subsidiary).

The latest rumors, however, indicate that the new 9-5 has departed the terminal on time and is running on schedule. According to the folks at Trollhatten Saab, this report comes courtesy of an admittedly anonymous dealer who has apparently been exclusively peddling Saab's Swedish wares in America for more than two decades. The sketch above, released this past summer, promises a closer tie-in with Saab's increasingly dubious aerospace links. Could it be enough to thrust some juice into the automaker's afterburners? Thanks to Swade for the tip!

[Source: Trollhattan Saab]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's got a plane in the background! Because they're born from JETS!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda Jets, born from cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BORING !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      In 2025, Autoblog will resurrect this sketch and claim that this is the car that could have saved Saab, if only GM had allowed the brand to continue. The next story will be what's GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check out our concept car. Hey did anyone know we used to make jets!

      Its like Happy Gilmore, the golfer that reminds everyone he used to be a hocky player.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least spell trollhattAn Saab right!

      The rest of you......don't be hatin'.
      Saabs are awesome, and this 9-5 may be just what they need to bring Saab back.
      • 6 Years Ago

      This sketch was shown back in 2005, it's extremely old.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hahahaha @ BoneHeadOtto & 216's comments!

      Well, the sketch looks awesome. but then what sketch doesn't? I mean seriously, why is that they have these incredible designers when the production versions look like glorified shipping crates?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can SAAB buy back SAAB Automobiles (different companies)?
      • 6 Years Ago
      SOP was delayed from August to November this year.

      As a supplier, I wish I could deliver parts 3 months late and be "on schedule".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll quite possibly buy one if it's great looking inside and out, packs roughly 350 hp in Aero trim and puts it down via XWD.

      Otherwise I'll have to hope for an Invicta Super with
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