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Saab History Receives Book “Saab-Ana The First 50 Years”

Posted on 04. May, 2009 by .



Saab History has just received the book “Saab-Ana The First 50 Years”. This book published in 1987 and written by acclaimed Anders Tunberg, showcases how Saab & ANA collaborated over the years including the involvement with Chrysler & Dodge which was also a part of ANA when Saab overtook ANA to create Saab-ANA in 1960.

This relationship lasted approximately 9 years, until Saab merged with SCANIA to create the historic Saab-Scania partnership in 1969.

Sten Wennlo, who started with ANA in 1957, responsible for ensuring that the Saab 99 Turbo came into production in 1977 was interviewed last year. I suggest you listen to our interview together that took place last year at the 2008 Saab Owners Convention as there is a lot of great information about the partnership and a number of important Saab milestones as well.

I leave you with a very interesting photograph of what the Saab-ANA dealerships in Sweden looked like, this one taken in somewhere between 1964 and 1966 in Stockholm. Interesting to see Saab, Chrysler & Dodge in the same showroom, isn’t it? I wonder if that would happen again with the possible Fiat/ Chrysler/GM Europe dialogue taking place in the news as of late?


I have added this book to both the physical Saab history library as well as the online Saab History library for our reference, which marks 50 books in the library.

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The Saab Automobile Global Parts Facility Nyköping, Sweden

Posted on 23. Mar, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Saab Automobile AB has had their parts facility in Nykoping since approximately 1969 when the Saab Car Division of Saab-Scania was created when that partnership began.

This facility effectively serves up the global parts demand for Saab Automobile that you see above. If anyone has more details on this facility, please let me know.

S-611 81 NYKOPING – SWEDEN PH. 46 0155 244000 FAX 46 0155 244608 DUNS 350275251

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Saab History Interviews Sten Wennlo

Posted on 27. Aug, 2008 by .


On Sunday, August 24th, the final day of the 2008 Saab Owners Convention, I had the esteemed pleasure and opportunity to interview Mr. Sten Wennlo who presented two days earlier, Friday, August 22nd, 2008.

Sten Wennlo began his career as a journalist for both a newspaper and a radio station in Southern Sweden until he took a job writing with ANA in Nyköping, Sweden in 1957, about 1 hour South of Stockholm on the coast. By 1960, ANA was bought by Saab to become SAAB-ANA where he continued his work and shortly thereafter met with Tryggve Holm, SAAB’s President to be head of Public Relations & Promotions.

Sten Wennlo had numerous accomplishments under his belt, namely working out how he could sell the two-stroke SAAB, with the help of a young Erik Carlsson. Mr. Wennlo was convinced that Erik Carlsson would be better suited for a position in the newly established competition department instead of the test development department. This decision later helped with the production and development of the new SAAB engines, SAAB 96, selling more SAABs to an increasingly younger market and bringing a huge increase in global exposure for SAAB at the time.

Another significant accomplishement during Sten Wennlo’s career at the Saab Car Division of SAAB-SCANIA, was the work along with colleague, Per Gillbrand, and the folks at the SCANIA factory in Södertälje, Sweden to adapt a turbocharged engine for the new Saab 99 model by 1977 to be introduced as a production model in 1978.

In 1979, Sten Wennlo convinced Bob Sinclair to rejoin Saab, and as a result we now have a Saab Convertible.

In 1980, Sten Wennlo got Bjorn Borg & Stig Blomqvist together to create a public relations campaign called the “Super Swedes” which was an instant success.

Three years before his retirement in 1989, he saw global sales reach 144,000 vehicles, where last year (2007), we saw roughly 125,000.

Upon his retirement, he wrote a book “Mitt Live Med Saab” in Swedish to tell us about his story working with Saab.

I was very thankful for this opportunity to meet with Sten Wennlo, and thanked him for his time to give us an interview so that his story could be preserved for generations to come here on Saab History.

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Saab Automobile’s History In Nyköping, Sweden

Posted on 26. Aug, 2008 by .



Photo Credit: Saab-Scania / Saab Car Division

ANA, short for AB Nyköpings Automobilfabrik, was the first authorized agent for SAAB in Sweden after Phillipsons, which began in Nyköping, Sweden.

In 1960 SAAB purchased ANA to become SAAB-ANA which then was a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAAB-SCANIA’s Saab Car Division.

At the Nyköping location, there was number of active departments in play over the years such as marketing, after sales, development & production, administration & finance, personnel, public relations, property & buildings and development of international projects such as the Fiat/Lancia as well as Saab-Valmet. This location also became the central region as a global parts warehouse in Ärno, just outside of town and as of today, this location continues to act as the global distribution center for Saab parts and accessories for Saab.

For more information on the village of Nyköping, I urge you to visit their website directly.

About Nyköping

Nyköping is located on the coast an hour south of Stockholm. Its proximity to the major cities of Europe via Stockholm Skavsta Airport, to the archipelago and the cultural landscape of Sörmland make Nyköping an attractive place to live.
Nyköping and its surroundings


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