10 June 1947

Saab produces its first automobile.

Saab Automobile, often referred to simply as Saab, was a Swedish car manufacturer that was known for producing innovative and distinctive vehicles. The company was founded in 1945 as a subsidiary of the aerospace company Saab AB. Initially, Saab focused on manufacturing aircraft, but in the late 1940s, they diversified into the automobile industry.

Saab cars were recognized for their unique design, advanced engineering, and emphasis on safety. The company gained a reputation for producing practical and reliable vehicles with a focus on performance and handling. Some of their notable models include the Saab 92, Saab 99, Saab 900, and Saab 9-3.

Saab cars were often distinguished by their aerodynamic design, incorporating features such as wraparound windshields and unconventional hatchback designs. The company also pioneered the use of turbocharging technology in mass-produced vehicles, offering improved power and fuel efficiency.

Saab developed a strong following among enthusiasts who appreciated the brand’s engineering prowess and individuality. The company’s commitment to safety was evident in its numerous innovations, such as the introduction of headlight wipers, impact-absorbing bumpers, and the implementation of advanced crash testing.

However, despite its loyal customer base and innovative products, Saab faced financial difficulties over the years. In 2011, Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy and halted production due to a lack of funding. Several attempts were made to revive the brand, including investments from various companies and consortiums, but none were successful in restoring Saab’s long-term viability.