With Saab’s revival under Spyker now in full-swing, we should at least be expecting the arrival of the next-generation 9-5 sedan in the coming months, but before that happens, Saab is doing its part in breaking down the car and making sure that it’s as safe as any car consumers will drive out on the road.

In this video, we catch Saab performing a head-on crash-test, featuring two of the aforementioned 9-5 sedans plowing head-on to each other. There’s not a lot flash in this video, but there sure is carnage and lots of it. Both cars closed in on each at speeds of 60 kph each and the impact, as you can imagine, completely destroyed the two car’s front ends. While that was to expected, the real measure of the 9-5’s safety was in full force when, as soon as the collision occurred, the airbags immediately inflated throughout the cabin with the passenger cells appearing to have been spared from the crash. In fact, the car remained intact enough that the doors could still be opened and closed despite the car’s mangled state.

From the looks of things, it looks like the new 9-5 sedan is up to par with today’s top safety standards, which isn’t really surprising considering the brand is known for its safety as much as anything else.


Source: Saab

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  (417) posted on 09.2.2010

@Jovanbanan; Saab has been known, I believe Ford has a well reputation for being the company that builds the safest cars.

  (702) posted on 06.9.2010

We have to agree that the company’s medium size sedan performed pretty well as both front doors on each of the two Saab 9-5 cars could be opened normally after impact, which in most cases is a sign of minor deformations inside the cabin.

  (647) posted on 06.8.2010

Its not quite because crashing a car is part of the game. Yes, it’s to see a crashing car but this is a necessary to sell over the market.

  (708) posted on 06.7.2010

It seems that saab makes a big expenses with that crash testing, to make sure the safety of their buyers. Well, the two cars front ends was completely destroyed. Also, that was so impressive and it proved the quality and safety standards of those saab 9-5 sedans.

  (798) posted on 06.7.2010

I agree saab has been known for it’s unremarkable safety features.. saab is not contented with the safety theu have in their cars. so they are making their some more ehancements to their cars.

  (1) posted on 06.7.2010

Hi Kirby,

Please notice that Volvo and Saab has been building the safest cars among all companies for generations (over time). Today many other brands are as good but they where the first to actively create cars that you would survive a crasch in.


  (504) posted on 06.6.2010

Nice safety features! Its the airbag’s do its own job on time upon impact. Plus it’s frame are more stable and tougher than the previous saab vehicles.

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