Norcross, GA—The Saab 9-5 Sedan and Wagon have been ranked as the Best Mid-Luxury Car in the 2001 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Saab 9-5 moved up to this segment from the Entry Luxury group last year. IQS measures owner-reported problems during the first three months of ownership.
"It is very satisfying that the Saab 9-5 has been upgraded to a segment where it is compared with the BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class," said Peter Augustsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB. "We believe that finishing at the top of this category shows that the dedicated work that has been done to provide our customers with world-class quality is paying off. In fact, the entire Saab line-up demonstrated significant improvements in the study."
The Saab 9-5 was introduced to the market as a Sedan in 1997 and as a Wagon in 1999. In different independent studies the car has shown it has world class quality and safety. Apart from J.D. Power and Associates initial quality studies, the 9-5 has been among the safest cars ever tested in the Euro NCAP crash tests.