The Historical Lineage Of Saab Automobile

Posted on 22. May, 2010 by in 2010-2019

Saab Automobile’s lineage began with the 92001 prototype in 1947, however their first production vehicle, the SAAB 92, produced in 1950, set the stage for what would be referred to Saab’s true lineage. That particular lineage has been followed by the 93, 96, 99, 90, 900, NG900, 9-3, 9-3SS, 9-3x & in 2012 the new 9-3. All of these vehicles follow Saab’s design & engineering philosophy to the core, as right-sized all-season small vehicles.

The other Saab product lineage that has a long history, began all the way back in 1959 as the model 95. That model ran for nearly 20 years until a start of an entirely new design began, although still continuing this lineage. In 1980, Saab partnered with Fiat & Lancia and produced the Saab 600. This vehicle, set the course for Saab 9000 in 1985, which ran for 13 years, finally being replaced with the Saab 9-5 in 1998. Fast forward to today, the all new 9-5 sedan & wagon, continues this particular segment of Saab’s historical product lineage, maintaining these design cues while also reflecting where this particular product segment lineage began, over 50 years ago.

In addition to product development on Saab’s two core lineages resulting in the 9-3 and 9-5 of today , there have been other offshoots over the years, effectively starting a new lineage in various product segments. These vehicles include the Sonett sports cars, the Subaru partnership that resulted in the all-wheel drive 9-2x and then the GM partnership that resulted in the 9-7x SUV and now the 9-4x CUV.

As Saab’s product development continues, it will be very interesting to see all of these product segments expand, in line with each respective Saab lineage.

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3 Responses to “The Historical Lineage Of Saab Automobile”

  1. Nico

    23. May, 2010

    Hi Brian,

    I like this list very much, but the 900 cenvertible is missing as well as the 9000CD. I understand they are part of the original entries, yet just changing the 1994 900 to a 1999 9-3 seems to be be double if that is the case. Otherwise the 2006 9-3 combi should be in here as well as the 9-3 cenvertible.

    Just my opinion.


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  2. Ryan

    23. May, 2010


    The other vehicles you mentioned are already part of this list as model variants, no need to go to that level here for this purpose.


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  3. Nico

    23. May, 2010

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the clarification. I do apologize for misspelling your name.


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