Two recent studies support effectiveness of Saab safety engineering focus
Norcross, GA - Saab's real-life safety philosophy stipulates that safety systems and structures in Saab vehicles must be designed to protect occupants in real-world collisions. And, although Saab conducts over 40 crash tests—including simulated animal collisions and truck-to- car side impacts—it is real-life collisions and their infinite variables that drive Saab safety engineers and their work. According to the latest reports from the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and Sweden's largest insurance company, Folksam, this philosophy indeed gets results where it matters most—on the road.
According to the just-released Folksam report, the Saab 900/9-3 and Saab 9000 have two of the best records in actual accidents. Folksam makes this assessment based on their study of vehicles involved in car-to-car collisions, the largest such database in the world. The company evaluated 70 car models that were involved in a total of 120,000 road accidents in Sweden. The five best performing models—including the Saab 900/9-3 and 9000—earned inclusion in Folksam's "Golden Group." Folksam's report estimated this elite group of cars to be 50 percent safer than the average vehicle measured in the report. The Saab 900/9-3 is also the only mid-size car included in the "Golden Group."
Additionally, the 1995-1997 Saab 900 had the lowest personal injury claim frequency among all mid-size four-door and two-door cars included in the 1999 HLDI report. HLDI characterizes an injury score below 70 as "substantially better than average." Only two vehicles out of 29 evaluated in this category were in this range. The Saab 900 was one of them, scoring 37% better than the average mid-size car included in the report. The Saab 900 Convertible also topped the "midsize sports models" category with the lowest claim frequency score.
A vehicle's safety performance is the product of many factors, including driver behavior, personal judgment and other car population variables. The design of the car also influences its real-life safety integrity. The 1999 Folksam and HLDI data again support that when it comes to safety, Saab and Saab drivers perform well together in the real world.