Future Saab safety looking good – Insignia gets NCAP 5 stars

This is not an Insignia=Saab thing. Don’t make it out to be that.

BUT considering the next Saab 9-5 is going to be built on the same architecture as the Opel Insignia, it’s interesting to note that the Insignia’s just been awarded the maximum 5 stars by Euro NCAP, achieving 35 of a possible 37 points on their test scale.

There’s always this little fear in the back of my mind with a potential new model. What if it doesn’t live up to Saab’s reputation for safety?

Knowing that this architecture is capable of such a good result, and knowing that Saab’s engineering boffins won’t leave a stone unturned or make a single compromise on safety gives me a lot of confidence that when we see the 9-5, it’ll be the safest car it can possibly be.

Of course, most companies are doing pretty well on safety these days. There’s really no excuse not to with so much at stake and the public having so much access to safety data. I wonder how much Saab’s safety credentials and experience have contributed to the development of new GM cars in Europe and elsewhere?

Congratulations to the Opel guys and bring it on, Saab!!

13 thoughts on “Future Saab safety looking good – Insignia gets NCAP 5 stars

  1. Check this article, its a very interesting about the Epsilon I platform.

    Some details….

    In Europe, safety standards are geared to belted occupants,” he notes, “while in the U.S., federal standards specify unbelted occupants. So Opels comply one way and U.S. products must meet different standards.”

    Interestingly, Saab is in the middle because its cars have to satisfy both European and U.S. safety standards to sell in both markets. With Saab onboard and second in line in terms of cadence, Chevrolet gained valuable knowledge about crash performance well before testing commenced for the Chevy Malibu. Technology transfer is Epsilon’s major payoff opportunity.


    Saab’s 9-3 is a departure from other Epsilon models due to Saab’s insistence on body structure and vehicle safety. It uses the same platform but everything from the floorpan up is strengthened.


  2. Great news, though I wonder how indebted Opel is to Saab’s research, experience and design manuals. Again, as usual, Saab will get no credit. How can a brand build respect when it’s own corporate community won’t even give it a nod. You can be sure the Insignia uses Saab’s SAHR technology amongst many other things. Others can correct me if I’m wrong.

    Anyway I’m still driving the real deal.

  3. i have long believed that gm bought saab
    to improve their global product , forming
    the research and development arm of gm.

  4. I think it counts as the boundaries of “Good” and “Could try harder” – it’s certainly not class or market leading.

    Five stars isn’t exactly “shout-about” any longer. It’s got to the stage where it’s almost the bare minimum. Of the twelve cars EuroNCAP have just released results for, eight got 5*.

    That’s why this is the last batch they’re releasing scores for under the current rating system – they’re introducing a tougher new scorecard in a couple of months.

    The results which vary currently are the child occupant & pedestrian results. The Insig scored 4* (of 5) in child, and 2* (of 4) in pedestrian – less than the Fiesta, Accord & Golf in the same batch of results.

    They’ve also released the first batch of whiplash scores – the Insig amongst ‘em. It sneaks into the top “Good” group, with 3.1 out of 5 (3 being the cutoff) – behind the Golf, A4, Alfa MiTo & XC60, but ahead of the Skoda Superb & Accord.

  5. There was a debate in swedish TV with a Saab and a Volvo representative in the late 60′s in which a argument for Volvo being safer was as the cap was on the non-driver side, as it posed less risk of being hit while filling up the gas tank at the side of the road. Since losing this debate argument, all new Saab designs have been designed to have the cap on the right side (as Sweden have right hand trafic). The last Saab to have left side cap was the original 99 sedan. Volvo, on the other hand lost it.

    But, both Volvo and Saab have design rules to put the exaust pipes on the left side (if possible, some Volvos didn’t make it, if you take a look here you see some last minute fix pluging the normal exhaust duct on the first generation V70 AWD: http://img.bilguiden.com/Images/30/198389/FRZ7763_big.jpg).

  6. This secret is brilliant !! Thanx for sharing .OOpss I’m in the wrong topic .Sorry Swade

  7. @CTM – I dunno about disappeared, they seem to be wandering randomly between articles.

    The RSS feed’s been broken for the last week or so, too – randomly flagging articles as all new, randomly duplicating headings with links to broken URLs…

  8. Ah, the “to-hell-in-a-handbasket-why-the-swedish-government-should-not-assume-ownership-of-saab” article has the same comments as this article… Got a little confused there… :)

  9. Regarding your thoughts on Government Ownership Swade, I think you are remarkably restrained. Neither should one feel hesitant about expressing an opinion because a friend expressed his a different way. Give an opinion, then expect an opinion.
    I would correct you on one point. Pure Capitalism doesn’t exist now and has never existed. Nearly all countries have a mixture of statism and freedom. Generally those countries with more freedom have a better outcome than those that don’t. Contrast East and West Germany, a perfect experiment if ever there was one (Trabant anyone?) or North and South Korea for example.

    When things go wrong, the blame will always fall on the free part, not those who make the rules. You are quite right. Saab is a product of individuals who are free to think and create. It would be a British Leyland type death for Saab to be handed to a ‘post office’ committee.

    P.S. This comment has ended up on the wrong thread – site problems.

  10. Arnold – those are, of course, examples of what happens at one extreme compared to the centre ground. There’s a lot of different positions can be taken within the centre, and I’m sure that extreme examples at the other edge would be equally enlightening.

    Indeed, some may argue that they currently are…

  11. Adrian said: “Arnold – those are, of course, examples of what happens at one extreme compared to the centre ground. There’s a lot of different positions can be taken within the centre, and I’m sure that extreme examples at the other edge would be equally enlightening.

    Indeed, some may argue that they currently are…”

    Indeed they are; as I said, the free will always get the blame. That is why we are headed into massive government intervention in all aspects of our lives. Whether one regards this as good or bad, depends on one’s view of life.

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