The Million Milestones of Saab and their owners.

Posted on 14. Feb, 2007 by in 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 9-3 SS, 9-5, 9000, 99, Enthusiasts, Trollhättan, Sweden

The recent publicity of the Million Mile Saab 900 SPG by Owner Peter Gilbert has given some truly incredible advertising for Saab and has arguably provided equal or better exposure to the brand than the Aero-X concept car in 2006, experts claim. It important to point out just how fortunate Saab Automobile is to have such an enthusiast following that their owners are setting some of their own milestones for the brand. It can be predicted that the milestones will continue for the owners as well as the brand itself.

The milestones that the brand have crossed began in 1950 with the SAAB 92 , reaching the one thousand units produced in the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden with 1,246 cars in total for that year.


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In 1958, SAAB hit the 50,000 thousand unit mark with the SAAB 93.


The milestones that the brand have crossed continued once again in 1963 with the SAAB 96 , reaching the one hundred thousand units produced in the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.


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In 1965, just two years later SAAB built another 150,000 units of the 96, now at the 250,000 unit mark at the factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.


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In 1976, Saab Automobile crossed the milestone again with the SAAB 99 Combi Coupe, coming in at the 1,000,000 unit mark at the factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.


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The Saab 9000 was the holder of the 2,000,000 milestone mark in March of 1987


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In just over 10 years later, the Saab 9-5 crossed the 3,000,000 unit milestone.


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The most recent Saab 9-3 SportCombi hit the 4,000,000 milestone of units produced in June of 2005 in Trollhättan.


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Please cast your vote below on which Saab model you believe will cross the 5,000,000 unit milestone.

Note: Consider the global sales figures annually with normal growth. A rough calculation should put the next model that hits this figure just after the year 2010.

What Saab Model will you choose that will cross the five million unit milestone?

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One Response to “The Million Milestones of Saab and their owners.”

  1. James F. Marino

    05. Apr, 2007

    I drove a 1975 Saab 99LE through four years of college; the car was a gift from my parents. My commute each day encompassed 60 miles of road — mostly highway driving — surrounded by tractor trailers.

    I always felt safe with the Saab, and it always got me home — except for one occasion once I had graduated from school. I was forced to sleep in it one night, when stranded out in Amagansett, Long Island; a consequence of first gear stripping. I had it transported by way of flatbed 100 + miles back home the following day.

    It was traded in on a new Honda Civic wagon in 1983.

    The same year the opportunity to purchase a 1976 Saab EMS surfaced and I jumped on it.

    The car turned out to be a lightly example replete with Swedish plates which the original owner has gotten when he purchased the car in Sweden — the result of Saab’s tourism incentive to visit Sweden and see your car built at the Trollhattan factory.

    This EMS had less than 38,000 original miles when I purchased it. Like my ’75, it was a fun car to drive, but with even greater handling capablilities.

    I had a few problems with it, one of which was my own fault, the other the previous owners. However, the car itself was for the most part sound.

    I sold it two years later when I got hold of the ’83 Honda Civic wagon. The wagon was a terrific little car and more reliable than my 99’s had been. But I never really felt safe driving it.

    Somehow with the 99’s, I always believed that they would stand up around me in the event of a serious crash. Fortunately I never had to test my belief. ; )

    After driving three Saab 99’s — my Dad’s 1970, and my two, I look back fondly on these odd cars, with the raingutter roofs, dual diagnal braking, and ignitiion between the seats.

    Oddball as they were, they still leave the most indelible of automotive impressions on me — even more than 22 years after having owned my last one.

    And I remember back in the 1970’s and ’80’s when I would take my ’99’s out and frolic in the snow, while other cars were left at home, and most of those which were out were either creeping along as at snail’s pace or stuck in the snow.

    The Saab 99 was a truly unique automobile, and a rolling platform of technology in its day.

    And my Dad feels the same way.

    Happy motoring to all Saabies!


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