The Saab 9-5 Sedan remained the flagship of the Saab Automobile company from 1997 up until 2012. The vehicle remained an important production up until General Motors filed for bankruptcy and attempted to sell the Saab company, but without desirable buyers, the vehicle eventually stalled and stopped production all together. General Motors did sell the company to BAIC, a Chinese company in 2009, the the company did not do much with it and shut down the company three years later.
The Saab 9-5 Sedan is a four-door option, while there is another five-door station wagon version that is available. The vehicle used a straight-4 engine, produced by Opel for the European release of the vehicle, as well as a diesel engine option. By 2006, the company switched out to a Fiat 1.9 JTD 16V diesel straight-4 engine and a turbocharged GM 54 engine as well for sale in the United States. The vehicle itself has used a large number of engines though, typically utilizing a straight-4 with only two different V6 offerings. The vehicle did gain prominence inside of the United States during the mid to late 90s thanks to comedian Jerry Seinfeld using it as his vehicle of choice in the television show Seinfeld. In fact, several of the episodes were based around the car itself.
The Saab 9-5 Sedan is known as one of the safest vehicles on the road up through its 2009 release. The final American versions of the vehicle used the GM Epsilon II platform, which also built the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Malibu, just to name a few. It also offered a singular 2.8 L turbocharged V6 engine, with three other I4 options as well. The transmission came for the final version as either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual for buyers.