2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

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    2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5
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    November 12, 2010


    Although the third-generation 9-5 is the first offering to be released under Spyker ownership, it was more or less a finished product by the time the Dutch took the reins. As a result, Saab's flagship enters the U.S. market with numerous GM parts, most notably a turbocharged 300-horse V-6 and Epsilon II architecture. Dubbed Aero Turbo6 AWD, the introductory 9-5, replete with Haldex all-wheel drive, starts at $48,490. Our tester came with navigation ($2395), Harman-Kardon audio ($995), and 19-inch alloys with summer tires ($750), bringing the total to $52,530.

    The 9-5 enthralled a majority of our staff with an edgy, functional, and roomy interior, not to mention a contemporary façade that would not be out of place on the cover of a book highlighting great moments in Scandinavian design.

    In terms of subjective dynamics, the 9-5 faltered a bit. Per technical director Frank Markus: "The Ministry of Shift Denial works overtime. For no reason, it simply will not grant a 3-2 downshift via paddles or stick when cornering. I continued to slow down, and it didn't allow a downshift until I was going 20 mph or slower." Despite all his distaste for the automatic, though, Markus savored the chassis. "Another hot Swede. Handles great, with same all-wheel-drive poise as the S60."

    Saab cars have always been quirky automobiles, and they should remain quirky. That said, there's no excusing some of the 9-5's new quirks, such as the stubborn transmission or a Bluetooth phone system that pairs to your cell under the name General Motors.

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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Quote Originally Posted by ne_one View Post
    That said, there's no excusing some of the 9-5's new quirks, such as the stubborn transmission or a Bluetooth phone system that pairs to your cell under the name General Motors.
    If those are the only 'inexcusable' quirks the 9-5 has, then let me say the9-5 is one hell of a car. The transmission thing is probably fixable by working on the electronics, and I'd bet some money that the 'General Motors' thing with the Bluetooth pairing is something that there wasn't time (or a budget) to change before the car's launch.

    EDIT - The car looks great in blue

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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Would GM regret having let Saab go, albeit partially?
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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Yes it looks GREAT in blue! A lot of cars look bad in blue but not this.

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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Good for GM/Saab - though I still think Saab is to damaged of a brand to make it...

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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    2011 Brand Most Likely to Fail! Buy at your own considerable risk...
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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager View Post
    Would GM regret having let Saab go, albeit partially?
    GM might not have been able to unload SAAB if this car wasn't in the works and basically done when the deal was happening. SAAB may have ended up suffering the same fate as Saturn and Hummer.
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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Btw, here's the 9-4X introduction at the LA Auto Show: http://www.autoweek.nl/video/2131/Saab-9-4X

    Looks like an SUV that was hot... 5 years ago.
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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    This woulda been a nice choice.
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    Re: 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender: Saab 9-5

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager View Post
    Btw, here's the 9-4X introduction at the LA Auto Show: http://www.autoweek.nl/video/2131/Saab-9-4X

    Looks like an SUV that was hot... 5 years ago.
    Is that thing on Theta. It is nice, but ya, it sure has taken its sweet time getting here.
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