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SaabKen
3rd May 2007, 02:17 PM
Technically there is no "Aero" trim as there's only one version (at least in N. America).

http://www.windingroad.com/reviews-page/2007-saab-60th-anniversary-edition-9-5-aero-sedan/
(http://www.windingroad.com/reviews-page/2007-saab-60th-anniversary-edition-9-5-aero-sedan/)
By Randy Leffingwell
Issue 20, May 2007
“Born from jets,” Saab’s ad campaign through 2006 and one of the more popular ad slogans in the industry, capitalized on Saab’s roots building stealth jets. The company’s injection of that “stealth” factor into its automobiles is one quality that resonates with vigorous Saab drivers, who have always worked it to their advantage.

Saab has been in the car business for sixty years now, and the GM division commemorates that accomplishment with special anniversary editions for the 9-5 and 9-3 lines. One color is dedicated to these 60th Anniversary models, Ice Blue Metallic, although buyers can get any of seven other metallics at no extra charge.

The 60th Anniversary Edition 9-5 Aero Sedan comes with leather-appointed sport seats, dark walnut interior trim, and the visibility package, which includes Saab parking assistance, rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, and auto-dimming outside mirrors. Since WINDING ROAD’s full road test of the flagship last year, we’ve discovered that, for better or worse, the car has changed little beyond these upgrades.

On the road, the 9-5’s 2.3-liter, 260-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder performs with agility and tautness, suggesting that its 3470-pound weight is overestimated. When pushed to realistic limits on public roads, the car responds with competence, even enthusiasm. It won’t launch your pulse as high as R and M versions from Audi and BMW, but it won’t dent your pocketbook nearly so much either.

If your daily commute includes back roads or a canyon, the 9-5 will keep a smile on your face without putting sweat on your brow. Clutch operation is a little light, and gearshift throws may be a bit too long for purists, but the drive is still swift and satisfying, and great seats will cradle you as you slip past the speed limits without attracting much notice.

And that’s where Saab’s stealth quotient comes in, reinforcing an appraisal Saab’s corporate communications manager Jan-Willem Vester suggested: Some of Saab’s competitors “build cars for people who have to drive. We build cars for people who want to drive.” And oftentimes, those Saab owners seek to do their driving under the radar.



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Soli Europa
15th May 2007, 03:01 AM
And that’s where Saab’s stealth quotient comes in, reinforcing an appraisal Saab’s corporate communications manager Jan-Willem Vester suggested: Some of Saab’s competitors “build cars for people who have to drive. We build cars for people who want to drive.” And oftentimes, those Saab owners seek to do their driving under the radar.<< 1 >>

Here here - very well put - VW had "drivers wanted" but that's not what they wanted - drivers want SAAB's !:D