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Saab 9000

Saab 9000

The 9000, Saab's first executive car, was released in 1985. It was replaced by the Saab 9-5 in the fall of 1997 for the 1998 model year.

The 9000 was based on the Type Four chassis, a platform shared with the Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema and Alfa Romeo 164. The Croma and Thema are outwardly similar to the 9000 while the 164 shares only the chassis. Much of the bodywork was interchangeable between the 9000, Croma and Thema; for example, the doors of the Croma fit directly onto the 9000, but are lighter due to less side impact protection. The 9000's body was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Björn Envall.

Despite being shorter overall than the 900, the 9000 had a longer wheelbase and a great deal of interior space, and was classified as a "Large Car" by the EPA. Unlike the 900, the 9000 kept the ignition switch in the more conventional steering column position rather than between the front seats.