Fascinating Facts about the Saab 9-5
- When Saab Automobile introduced the first models of the Saab 9-5 in 1997, the 9-5 became the first ever passenger car with power-ventilated seats. By placing fans behind the lower back seat cushion and beneath the seat cushion, the Saab 9-5 helped drivers become much more alert and comfortable. Before the installation of ventilated seats in the 9-5, this technology was only available for premium buses, trucks, and construction equipment.
- The first ever model of the Saab 9-5, a 150-horsepower SportCombi in red metallic, rolled out of the assembly line on the 16th of June 1997. This particular model started the first generation of Saab 9-5s that will eventually bow out with almost half a million sedans and SportCombis produced. On the other hand, the very last Saab 9-5 of the first generation, a 210 horsepower Griffin edition SportCombi in snow silver, was rolled out on the 1st of February 2010.
- With its power and reliability, the Saab 9-5 became a popular choice among police forces in Colorado, UK, Poland, and its native country of Sweden. Unfortunately, the towns of Aspen and Vail in Colorado have stopped using Saab 9-5s as patrol cars since 2005 and opted for Volvo XC90s and Ford Explorers instead.
- The Saab 9-5 is no stranger to acclaim. Over the course of its production, the 9-5 received several awards for safety, innovation, and overall performance. Among its titles are Folksam Insurance Company's 'The Safest Car in Sweden' in 2002 and 2003, What Car? magazine's '1999 Estate Car of the Year,' Autocar Magazine and Popular Science's 'Best Technology/Innovation' in 2000, and many more.
- The Saab 9-5 was launched in 1997 as part of the celebration of Saab's 50th year as an automaker. The 9-5 was introduced by Saab as a replacement for their long-running Saab 9000.
- Appearing in over 150 movies and television series, the Saab 9-5 is one of the most highly-filmed models of the Saab Automobile company. Some of the movies that have showcased the 9-5 are Gothika, The Sweetest Thing, and The Bandits. As for TV shows, apart from several appearances in Top Gear, the 9-5 can also be seen in an episode or two of The Big Bang Theory, Alias, NCIS, and many more.