If you ask the average person what they think of when you say Scandinavia, they’ll say Volvo, SAAB, ABBA, Princess Mary and Bang and Olufsen.  You’ll also think “stylish and beautifully designed” homewares. Ditto for the cars and they have pioneered safety since before it was trendy.

We very nearly lost SAAB which would have been criminal, because we wouldn’t have tested the drop-dead-gorgeous 9-5 Aero with its 221 turbo charged kw’s of fun. The 9-5 also comes with a turbo 4 just in case you want something super frugal, but none of that nonsense here.

It has to be said that this new car has been a very long time in coming. The previous model had been out for over 12 years which in motoring terms means it was delivered by Captain Cook on the Endeavour.

Is the new car any good? In a word, it’s a cracker. For a start there are the looks. As I said a few days ago, it looks like the love child of Al Capone and Boeing. It’s just scrumptious and the test car had the lowered Aero sports suspension polished off with a set of huge 19’ wheels. It comes from the factory looking fully pimped.