Established in 1937, Swedish car manufacturer Saab was originally the automobile manufacturing division of Swedish Airplane Limited. In 1990, General Motors acquired the company before selling it to Dutch manufacturer Spyker Cars, now known as Swedish Automobile, in 2010.
The first Saab, the 92001 Ursaab, was launched in 1947. A notable feature of this model was that its drag coefficient was, at the time, the lowest of any production car. In the following years, the Saab 92 was gradually redesigned and reengineered and a number of new models were released. The third major revision to the 92 was the Saab 96. This was released in 1960 and was a breakthrough model for Saab, as it was the first Saab that was widely exported out of Sweden. This led to a sharp increase in Saab sales, with the Saab 96 selling 550,000 units alone.
Even more important to the development of the company was the Saab 99, which was unveiled in 1968. This was an all-new design that severed all ties with the 92 and included many innovations and features that would continue to define Saab cars for decades. Its replacement, the Saab 900, was launched in 1978 and sold almost one millions units, making it Saab's best selling model.
After being acquired by General Motors in 1990, the Saab 900 received a facelift and was renamed the Saab 9-3. Other new models, such as the 9X and AeroX, were also developed and released. However, in the late 2000s, Saab's production levels dropped significantly.
Since being purchased by Spyker in 2010, Saab's production and sales have started to pick up again and plans are in place for the company to expand and develop more new models.
Saab's high level of brand loyalty and their good reputation for safety and reliability are likely the company's main accomplishment, as well as the cult following that some of their older models have gained, making a used Saab very sought after.