Mother’s Day Video Special: Son Surprises Mom With Dream Car, Hits Us In The Feels
Happy Mother’s Day, TopSpeeders! Have you called your Mom yet? Maybe you took her out for brunch? Perhaps you baked her some delicious treats? Whatever you did to show your appreciation, I’m sure it was just fine. However, the guy in this featured video went above and beyond. You see, he spent roughly a year saving up to buy his mama her dream car, then tracked it down and gifted it to her in this emotion-filled video.
The car in question appears to be a Saab 99 from the mid ‘70s, coated in a deep shade of orange. The whole thing looks surprisingly clean, down to the polished chrome trim. Even the interior is spotless, including the oversized steering wheel and upholstery. Regardless of the car’s condition, Mom seems overjoyed by the present, and it’s a heartwarming moment for all involved. And as a side note, kudos to Mom for having such a unique taste in automobiles!
The upcoming release of the all-new Saab 9-5 sedan is fast approaching and as such, Saab is also gearing up its efforts in promoting the car, complete with a series of videos that are made to show customers the capabilities and active features of the brand’s new flagship sedan, which is also the very first 9-5 to be built under Saab’s new owner, Spyker.
In this particular video, Stefan Runquist, the 9-5 sedan’s Vehicle Dynamics manager, gets behind the wheel of the 9-5 and takes it out for a nice little joyride on a Swedish race track, all while informing and educating all of us with regards to the 9-5’s new features and overall characteristics. This should be a good one to play back, especially if you’ve got your eye on purchasing the new 9-5 sedan as soon as it comes out.
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.
Saab’s reinvention under Spyker continues to go full steam ahead with a new commercial for the brand’s new flagship sedan, the 2010 9-5. The car, which is expected to make its way to dealerships in the coming months, is already being aggressively hyped by Saab as it aims to, once and for all, turn the corner after a year that saw the company come this close to being axed by General Motors.
Saab hopes that the 2010 9-5 will be the first of many Saab vehicles that will slowly inch its way back into the US market in the foreseeable future. Judging by how we’ve pegged the 2010 9-5, these guys are off to a good and promising start. Let’s all hope that they keep the momentum going from here on out.
As a reminder, the Saab 9-5 comes with a range of engines beginning with a 1.6-liter engine that can produce up to 180 hp and ending with a 2.8-liter turbo V6 engine that puts out approximately 300 hp. All engine choices come with a six speed transmission in a stick-shift or semi-automatic.
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With Saab finally being welcomed by Spyker with open arms, the months-long drama surrounding the beleaguered Swedish brand has finally come to an end.
Naturally, the deal is still subject to the approval of a European Commission regarding the €400 million loan Spyker is seeking from the European Investment Bank but barring any unexpected snags, Spyker’s acquisition of Saab is expected to be finalized anytime soon.
With Saab finally out of GM’s hands, the two protagonists behind the deal – Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile and Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars – sat down and gave their insights regarding final details between the two brands and Saab’s future now that they’re in the hands of Spyker.
As far as we’re concerned, we’re just relieved that Saab has finally freed themselves from the chopping block and now we can look forward knowing that a once-proud car manufacturer has lived to see another day.
Now under control of the Swedish super car manufacturer Koenigsegg, SAAB is currently enjoying a bit of a revitalization and in doing so took the wraps off of their latest generation 9-5 sedan at the 2009 Miami Auto Show. Although the new car made it’s international debut in Frankfurt, this 9-5 is still new to North America and the South Florida Show marks the car’s first appearance here in the U.S. The nose of the new 9-5 sedan is inspired by the Aero-X Concept featuring a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block headlamp units. The entire greenhouse is presented as a ‘wraparound’ mono graphic, the disguised windshield and side pillars giving the cabin Saab’s signature cockpit look. Squint slightly, and the proportions of the windshield and roof become reminiscent of the classic 900 model. The new car comes with a variety of engine options, however here in the U.S. SAAB expects the 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6 engine that puts out approximately 300 HP to be the big seller.
SAAB 9-5 walk around after the jump.
Saab showed off their Aero X at the 2006 British International Motorshow. It was a big hit with the press, and car fans. It was said to be the car of the future. Released video’s of this concept car is now all over YouTube. Watching this video makes you ask questions like how far into the future is this car? And does it come in red?
So sit back and enjoy the sight of a car that just might be the car you will be driving (...)