50th ANNIVERSARY: FIRST SAAB UNVEILED TO THE WORLD JUNE 10, 1947

Posted on 10. Jun, 1997 by in 92

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50th ANNIVERSARY: FIRST SAAB UNVEILED TO THE WORLD JUNE 10, 1947

Fifty years ago, the cover was whisked off the first Saab automobile at a press conference in Linkoping, Sweden. The hand-built prototype was created by a dedicated team of aircraft engineers from the Swedish Aircraft Company (Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget or Saab) , and featured a unique aerodynamic body shaped in a wind tunnel. Its styling was unlike any other car of the era.

Powered by a transverse-mounted, two-cylinder, two-stroke engine, the small car was remarkably lively and sure-footed in all weather conditions. That first Saab 92 prototype was based on design parameters that still apply to today’s Saab 900 and 9000 cars: performance with efficiency, front-wheel drive, and an exceptionally strong structure for optimum occupant safety. Over the decades, Saab has pioneered many safety and performance innovations, including side-impact protection, self-restoring bumpers, affordable turbocharging and an active head restraint system, scheduled to debut on the next generation Saab 9-5 in 1998.

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