Where are Saab Cars Built?

January 27, 2012

Saab cars are made by a Swedish car manufacturer that was founded in 1947. SAAB, which stands for Saab Automobile AB, has a long and established history in the car industry, has built a name associated with well-built, dependable, performance cars.

Saab was originally established in 1937 in Trolhattan, Sweden as a company to build high-performance airplanes. Founded as Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB), the company was known for building airplanes for the Swedish Air Force during World War II. As the war ended, Saab set its sights on building cars rather than airplanes.

What Are Saab Cars Like?
The first Saab car was actually designed and built by a group of aeronautical engineers, and only one out of seventeen had a driver's license. The result was an automobile with clean, aerodynamic lines and great performance. The driver's experience was compared to being in the cockpit of an airplane surrounded by well-designed, functional controls.

Saab's beginnings in the aviation industry helped to create many firsts and advanced features in their cars, such as aerodynamic parts, three-cylinder engines, and a drag coefficient of 3.0 that was the lowest in the industry. Six decades of brilliantly engineered cars followed.

In 1989, General Motors purchased 50% of Saab, and in 2000 purchased the remaining 50%. Since then, Saab has seen ups and downs with its US market. GM began negotiations with possible buyers for Saab in 2008, but none were successful. Sadly, on February 20, 2009 Saab filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and to date no resolve has happened. Saab's history has possibly run its course unless an acquisition is made.