The Eras Of Ownership for SAAB, Saab-Scania, GM/Saab & Koenigsegg-Saab

Posted on 05. Dec, 2008 by in 2000-2009

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The recent news marked a need to communicate the eras of ownership for SAAB, Saab-Scania & GM/Saab so we can see that there is a bright future for Saab, with the proper owners.

This ownership began in 1947 when SAAB began an automotive manufacturing facility to offload the facilities and continue the SAAB company after the War.

The SAAB Era 1947-1969

The SAAB era, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktie Bologet had just over 20 years from 1947 until 1969.

The products produced at this time included the SAAB 92A, SAAB 92B, SAAB 93, SAAB 93B, SAAB 93F, SAAB 93 GT750, SAAB 94 (Sonett I), SAAB 95, SAAB 96, SAAB 96 MC850 and SAAB 97 (Sonett II)

The Saab-Scania Era 1969-1989

The Saab-Scania era began in 1969 and went until December of 1989.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 97 (Sonett III), Saab 99, Saab 99 Combi Coupé, Saab 90, Saab 900 , 900 Notchback, 900 Convertible, Saab 600, Saab 9000 CC, and Saab 9000 CD.

The GM/Saab Era 1989 – 2009

The GM/Saab era began in December of 1989 and effectively went until 2009.

The products produced at this time included the Saab 9000 CS, Saab 900 NG, Saab NG Convertible, , Saab 9-5 Sedan, Saab 9-5 Wagon, Saab 9-3, Saab 9-3 Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, Saab 9-3 SS Convertible, Saab 9-3 Sport Combi, Saab 9-3X Cross-Combi, Saab 9-5 NG, Saab 9-4x.

The New Era For Saab Automobile / Koenigsegg 2009 – ?

The New Era For Saab Automobile AB should begin in 2009, and will this run for twenty years? Time will certainly tell.

The products possible during this time could be infinite but should reflect their heritage in aircraft design and small car philosophy while being safe and very capable. These products could include a full range of BioPower/ Hybrids, Fully Electric Vehicles, and others just to start.

Ironically, if we look back at all of these eras, we see basically a twenty-year ownership cycle, interesting or what?

During these twenty year cycles, we’ve seen a noticeable trend in global sales as illustrated here as well.

Furthermore, I should state that I am happy that General Motors plans to sell Saab, so I actually have a sigh of relief now and will be looking forward to the fourth era for the Saab Automobile brand.

Saab is well positioned today to become a leader in just about every category that consumers need and want, so here’s hoping that the new owners/investors make certain that Saab returns to the top.

I hope that you can also use this news for our Saab Automobile brand as good news, so here is to an optimistic future.

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5 Responses to “The Eras Of Ownership for SAAB, Saab-Scania, GM/Saab & Koenigsegg-Saab”

  1. todd agostini

    05. Dec, 2008

    Saab needs whoever buys em to give em some money and see if they can actually compete in the car business.

    I just hope that the engineers put out good cars, THE EXECTUTIVES BACK them UP WITH LOGISTIC OPERATIONS AND DISTRIBUTION.

    And i also hope that they don’t listen to “ENTHUSIASTS”.

    YOU AVERAGE EVERYDAY SAAB ENTHUSIAST HAD KILLED THE BRAND BY LIMITING IT.

    IN ORDER FOR SAAB TO BE SUCESSFUL THEY NEED TO SELL A PROFITABLE AMOUNT OF CARS AT A PROFIT.

    I KNOW THAT AVERAGE JOE SAAB HASN’T BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH GM’S SAAB BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT ALL OF THE PRODUCTS WERE ENGINEERED AND DESIGNED BY SAAB. SO CALL IT GM IF YOU WANT BUT THEY ARE THE SAME SAABS AS SWEDEN.

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  2. Karen

    07. Dec, 2008

    Thanks for such a nice Saabsite. I’ve been visiting Swade at http://www.trollhattansaab.net/. You guys should crosslink.

    Todd is partly wrong – those of us who have been loyal Saab owners are the base, even if it means people like me have only owned three total since 1976. My first Saab was the infamous 1976 99GL, but I still went back, to be rewarded with the 1987 900. My 1999 9-3 is fine, but I’d love another 900: fun, safe, 30mpg/highway at a price comparable to a Honda Accord at the time.

    GM probably cannot separate Saab from Opel easily, but there is no reason why Saab cannot be a mainstream car for winter regions instead of a cosmetic luxury brand.

    Bring back the engineering!

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  3. Ryan

    08. Dec, 2008

    Karen,

    Thanks for your comment. Great to hear about the “Saab Lineage” you’ve owned, 99’s 900s and 9-3s, wow!

    http://www.saabhistory.com/2007/10/18/what-is-a-real-saab-anyways/

    We both are enthusiastic individuals who do a lot of good work and want to see Saab succeed!

    It is good to see the next era of ownership for Saab around the corner, so I am optimistic.

    R

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  4. Mike C.

    08. Dec, 2008

    What needs to be done is to move forward. Let’s bring out the new 9-5 and LET’S PUT SOME GOOD MONEY INTO SAAB. How is it, that at a time when gas was high and money is tight, we are not talking about 4 cylinder turbo know how from Saab? What are we waiting for? Volvo owns safety because that’s all they talk about. and good for them, at least they met their goal. GM LET’S STEP UP, OR JUST LET SAAB GO. Give the dealer some product to sell. YOU ARE LOOSING YOUR CORE PEOPLE TO BMW AND I THINK YOU KNOW IT. Act very fast.

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  5. Ian Welch

    21. Dec, 2008

    The problem for SAAB now is that all their developments have either been stifled (electric Volt being presented to the public and SAABs own developement of battery power on the 93 Convertible not allowed to be communicated to the public although the 93 was completed ahead of the Volt) or used through the rest of the GM products. This dilutes the innovations that SAAB has developed. I hope the bosses at SAAB are secretly pushing forward their designs and technology so if they become a truly stand-alone brand they can present the public with innovative and fresh designs while keeping the quality that keeps SAABs running long after their competitors cars have expired.
    I live in hope.
    My car is a 1994 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3T 125k and running like a dream, long may it continue!

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