• Jan 19, 2010
Saab 9-5 SportCombi spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

We know automakers like to test prototypes in remote, freezing locations to ensure that they'll start and run properly when sold to a family of five in Buffalo, New York. Perhaps these Saab engineers are in such a remote corner of Sweden that they haven't heard the mothership has crashed. While Saab's future is still undecided, hope seems to dwindle by the day that we'll ever see the new 9-5 go on sale to the public – at least while wearing a Saab badge. Nevertheless, these engineers are still at their mobile desks in case a miracle happens.

The next-gen 9-5 has already been outed and is a looker for sure. The SportCombi version (Saab-speak for wagon) adds an extra dose of practicality to those unique lines of the sedan and, from the look of the things, appears to operate just fine in crazy cold conditions. Not much else to report unless, you know, Saab survives.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      madtuscan, don't you have a manifesto to write? Go back to your shack in the woods.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, now this is the fourth time I've tried to reply to a comment, only to have it entered as a new comment. Why can't this be fixed permanently?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be the new Buick CUV that will slot just below the Enclave
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol.... this is just too funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I say good on 'em. They've still got jobs and they should go about them. If the company dies completely I'm sure they'll hear about it soon enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now thats dedication
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can somebody just buy both Volvo and Saab together and fuse them into one single brand?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, Saavo or Volab lol
        I agree with you k.w.a, Saab would more likely become the subsidiary of Volvo rather than merging if they REALLY HAVE to. And Volvo struggles to become the competitor of BMW too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no!

        you think Volvo, with modern clean cut Scandinavian designs, a REPUTATION (for safety), and (finally) rising sales should fuse itself with a directionless,ergonomic-nightmare-plagued brand that's not really known for anything, and is struggling not only for relevancy but for EXISTENCE?

        I'm sure Volvo is saying "no thanks."

        I like Saab, and I hope it does well, but I just don't think its "me too" and "struggling to be different again" philosophies fit with Volvo's agenda, and current progress. If Saab could be a rarer, smaller niche brand that builds "quirky Saab-ish" performance vehicles based off of Volvo platforms, then I think the two companies can merge. (but still keep their own names and identities). Volvo's biggest struggle is convincing consumers that it can make a performance-oriented BMW fighter, which is really the only area where Saab has hope!

        So basically, instead of merging into one brand, Saab can be Volvo's Pontiac, except different and important enough to be successful; if the two companies HAD TO merge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Volvo and Saab was almost fused back in the 70's and the idea has been revived many times during the last two years altough mostly by outsiders. Volvo was also almost merged with a upstart company called Statoil back in the day which would have created a very interesting and different picture for Volvo today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that's for the better that Saab is leaving GM. I don't get it why GM bought in the first place. It continuously held Saab back so that it wouldn't compete with Cadillac. Do CEO's really think that Saab buyer considers a Cadillac as an option? and Vice versa? GM should have let Saab create whatever cars it could, people would still buying GM cars, so I don't get why they made those horrible decisions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree completely. Even Autotrader pulled their records to see what cars were cross shopped and no GM cars were listed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Story with Saab selling is very similiar to Opel story. With statements about Saab close down,GM tryes to make price for Saab higher...finally they will not sell Saab to anyone and dont close it because it will be silly to close Saab after they invest money in new 9-5 and in a new crossover. Another variant that they will find buyer for Saab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha love the title, John Neff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      who's paying for the gas?
      • 4 Years Ago
      MY HEART BREAKS
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, thanks mate. Will do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should get out more, mate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The sad part is that SAAB is finally getting some media attention.

      I wonder if a company like SAAB can survive as a small niche brand in today's world? I really hope it can.
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