Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 09:38:51 +0200
From: "KBB" <>
Subject: Re: Opinions on the 1999 Saab 9-3?

> Awards - Saab 9000, 1992-96 > > "Safest In-Production Car," lowest passenger vehicle fatality rates (for > cars in production) Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Oct. 14,1995 > report (all Saab 9000) > "Substantially Better Than Average" for injury losses, 1994 Stop using those data's, Johan,they depends ON THE CAR AND THE PROFILE OF THE DRIVER . The profile of the typical Saab driver is very different from other car's driver : they are older and more educated ( mean less accidents!) than the average folks. Cars typically driven by old folks also look better on those studies than a BMW for example. And Porsche look like one of the worse car on the road for safety, again because of their drivers and their speed, not because the Porsche are unsafe!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also car being driven a lot, such as diesel cars in Europe, are involved in more accidents, not because diesel fuel car are not as safe!!!!!. ( Note that until recently, Saab did not have diesel cars available!) > Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) (all Saab 9000) > "Best Protection from Neck Injuries" (Saab 9000,1985-1993) > 1996 study of 8,000 rear-end collisions in Sweden, from Folksam Insurance, > Karolinska Institute and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Headrests tests are available on the IIHS site, and Saab is better than average but worse than Volvo. One of the reason those 2 cars have good results is because their headrests are either not adjustable ( Volvo ) or " slightly adjustable" ( Saab) . As they point out, Mercedes headrests are also good, AS LONG AS THEY ARE ADJUSTED PROPERLY.----> Most drivers never raise the headrests as high as possible---> again we must partially blame the drivers in those studies. > "Safest Car in Sweden" 1989-90"Safest Car in Sweden" 1991-92 > "Safest Car in Sweden" 1993-94 > Folksam Insurance Co., Sweden's largest automotive insurer ( Same remarks as above : is it the car or the driver .?) > AWARDS -- Saab 900,1994-96 > > "Best in damage resistance" among mid-sized cars for 5-mph front and rear > flat-barrier bumper crash tests (zero damage) > Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (1994 900 S 5-door) Honestly, this has nothing to do with the protection of the occupants!!!!!!!!!!!!!! > > Awards 9-5 source : Autogids (belgian car magazine)----> at least in other countries than Belgium, the number 9-3 is different the number 9-5.................... > > Safest car in it's class according to Euro NCAP tests Yes, yes, I know, but as I said, we talking about the 9-3 not the 9-5 >

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