Saab History in Finland

Posted on 12. Nov, 2006 by in 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 9-3, 90, 900, 9000, 95, 96, 99, Finland, Uusikaupunki, Finland

800px-flag_of_finlandsvg.png From 1969 Saab-Scania at the time has had a presence in Uusikaupunki, Finland until Saab Automobile concluded their collaboration when the last 9-3 was built in 2003 with the Valmet Factory where a number of Saabs were produced.

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Here is a list of the Saab models as well as the quantities that were produced Uusikaupunki from 1969-2003.

Saab 95 1969 – 1975 2,833
Saab 96 1969 – 1980 65,887
Saab 99 1969 – 1984 191,049
Saab 90 1983 – 1987 25,380
Saab 9000 1986 – 1990 8,267
Saab 900 1978 – 1992 238,898
Saab 900 / 9-3 Convertible 1986 – 2003
198,032 Saab 9-3 3D and 5D 1999 – 2003 7,789

Saab total 1969 – 2003 738,135

Figures from valmet-automotive.com

The word on the street has been that the Saab models produced in Finland had some of the highest build qualities in the world.

For more information, please visit Valmet’s website http://www.valmet-automotive.com/ as well as Finnish Saab Enthusiast Jouko’s website here http://www.netma.fi/jouko/saab/albumbottom.html

Please also don’t forget to take a look at the Saab Museum at Uusikaupunki, Finland as well.

Here are photographs of the Saab models built at the Valmet plant.

Saab 95
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Saab 96
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Saab 99
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Saab 90
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Saab 900
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Saab 900 Convertible
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Saab 9000
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Saab 9-3
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2 Responses to “Saab History in Finland”

  1. Christian

    16. Dec, 2010

    Why did Valmet and saab co operation stop?
    But this text includes lots of useful information for those who are interested in it =)

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  2. Jarto

    05. Jul, 2011

    This is a very good article. I have to note however the lack of information about another unique Saab made by Valmet, the extended Saab 900 CD or ‘Finlandia’. It was an extended executive model which had an elongated body. By adding 10cm to both front and rear doors so that the rear leg room was increased. The Valmet factory began making this speciality by elongating late 99 combi-coupes. The models were sold domestically as the ‘Finlandia’ between 79 – 82 were only available as combi-coupes. The customer base was Finnish industry and government executive vehicle services. After Saab introduced the 4D sedan they gave the car an official model designation ‘CD’ and Saab started to offer the car for export. All ‘Finlandia’/CD bodies were elongated by hand, welding extension pieces to a body sliced into 3 pieces. The production ceased in 1986.

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