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Saab 99 Drop test

Saab 99 drop test - after falling from a height of 2.4 metersSaab 99 drop test - after falling from a height of 2.4 meters

Saab has always shown an extraordinary dedication to safety, and many lives have been saved by its designs. According to all international crash safety organisations, drivers and passengers are much more likely to survive a crash in a Saab than in many other makes of car.

After its launch, the Saab 99 won the Don safety trophy in the UK, an many other awards have folowed since. But, before that, Saab has conducted many tests. One of these tests was the drop test (see Saab 9000 Drop test), actually a rough simulation and test of Rollover protection.

Saab 99 before drop test
Saab 99 before drop test

Drop test – Saab 99 is dropped on its roof from height of 8 ft (2,4m), The Windscreen pillars remain unbuckled and the roof stays upright. Such rollover protection was rare in the 1960s. This test was carried out in secret in 1966, before official launch (unveiled in Stockholm on November 22, 1967.), in an old aircraft hangar.

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Saab 99 drop test - after falling from a height of 2.4 meters
Saab 99 drop test – after falling from a height of 2.4 meters
Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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