- Saab - Swedish car maker.
Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget,
aircraft factory founded - SAAB then Saab.
- 1949 The Saab 92, 2-stroke, front wheel drive.
- 1956 The Saab 93.
- 1959 The Saab 95 estate could seat seven.
- 1960 The Saab 96.
1963 Saab 96
- Erik Carlsson, driving a Saab 96, won the Monte Carlo Rally
in 1962 and 1963.
- 1966 First 4-stroke engine in the 95 and 96 models.
- 1978 Saab 900 launched.
- 1984 New Saab 9000 launched.
- 1990 GM Opel bought 50% of Saab.
- 1993 Saab 900 launched.
- 1997 Saab 9-5 replaced 9000.
- 1998 Saab 9-3 replaced 900.
- 2000 January, GM purchased the
remaining 50% of Saab.
- 2000 July, a special 4x4 9-3 Viggen won the Pikes Peak Open class.
- 2001 July: New 9-5 unveiled in Europe.
- 2001 Aug./Sept.: 9X concept for Frankfurst Motor Show.
- 2009 February 20:
Saab filed for reorganization, ie bankruptcy protection,
as owner GM stuggled to
survive and planned to reorganise and sell Saab.
- 2009, June 16: GM and
Koenigsegg Group AB, the Swedish sports car maker,
signed a preliminary agreement for the latter to buy Saab.
9 Sept., Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC)
joined in the deal with ~€275m.
But K. backed out of the deal on 24 Nov. '09.
- 2009, September: New 9-5 at the Frankfurt motor show.
- 2009, December 18:
Failing to find a buyer, GM
decided to "start an orderly wind-down of Saab." But ...
- 2010 January 26:
The Dutch "supercar" maker,
Spyker Cars N.V.,
struck a 12th-hour deal to buy Saab for us$74 million and
form Saab Spyker Automobiles N.V.;
GM also kept us$326 million in preference shares.
23/2/2010, the deal was finalized.
The Saab '9-5' got reasonable reviews, from
£27K 'Vector' SE 2.0 TiD ...
£38.5K 'Aero' 2.8T XWD (4x4).
- 2011 May 3: Spyker - Saab anounced investment from
China's Hawtai Motor Group Company Ltd (Hawtai).
But the agreement was terminated, 12 May.
- 2011 July 4:
Swedish Automobile N.V. (Swan) & Saab Automobile AB, and
Pang Da Automobile Trade Co., Ltd. (Pang Da, .cn) &
Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co., Ltd. (Youngman, .cn)
signed to form a Sweden-based joint venture company (NPJV) to develop
three new product Saab models, '9-1', '9-6', and '9-7'.
- 2011 October 28:
After more near death experiences,
Swedish Automobile announced a "memorandum of understanding"
for Pang Da and Youngman to buy Saab for €100million, and to
keep Saab going in Sweden. ...
- 2011 December 19:
... But General Motors
would not agree to the transfer of its own IP within Saab
to the control of others, i.e., to .cn, preventing such a deal, so
Saab finally filed for bankruptcy with Swan writing off its interest.
- 2012, 13 June:
National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS),
"Japanese, Swedish and Chinese stakeholders,"
"acquired the main assets of Saab Automobile"
(but not Saab spare Parts or GM's IP in the Saab '9-5')
to develop electric vehicles.
- 2013, December 2:
National Electric Vehicle [NEV] Sweden AB restarted production
of the Saab 9-3 Aero sedan with a petrol engine,
intending to make an electric version later.
NEVS lost the right to use the Saab name and manufacturing stopped.
NEVS planned to build a 'NEVS' badged, electric version of the '9-3' from