Happy 50th birthday to the Saab 99
The 99 didn’t start out with a turbo, but it launched the turbo revolution
50 years ago this month the Saab 99 made its inaugural debut at the Teknorama auto show in Sweden, ushering in a new era for an automaker that, until that point in time, was best known for its droplet-shaped cars, two-stroke power and aviation parentage. The 99 changed all that over time, if not overnight, and eventually pioneered the use of turbocharging in production cars.
Saab might be going away, but loyal fans have a chance to get their hands on the Swedish auto maker’s rarest remaining cars.
The bankrupt company’s receivers in Sweden started an online auction Wednesday for some of the company’s most recently produced rarities, including two 9-3 Cabriolet Independence editions, which were made to celebrate Saab’s first year as an independent automaker. Continue reading
Defense and security company Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), for the support and maintenance of Gripen and technical support for the Swedish Armed Forces. The order forms part of an earlier signed agreement for performance-based support and maintenance. The order has a total value of SEK 330 million [USD 49.63 million; EUR 38.34 million – Ed.]. Continue reading
DETROIT — In early 2010, General Motors kicked its Saab brand to the curb as part of its postbankruptcy reorganization.
And that was, literally, where Saab showed up at this week’s Detroit auto show, showing off a half dozen models outside the convention hall on a concrete terrace across the street.
The display was sprinkled first with artificial snow, before getting a solid coating of the real thing when a storm blew in Tuesday afternoon.
Saab, now owned by a Dutch carmaker, was among a cadre of brands conspicuously absent from the Cobo Center after being discarded during the shakeout of the American auto industry. Some, including Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Mercury, were nowhere to be found, having been sent to the scrap heap as General Motors and Ford streamlined operations.