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SAAB (originally an acronym for "Svenska Aeroplan AB") was founded as a Swedish aircraft industry in 1937 in the city of Linköping in Sweden. After World War II, the company started to look for ways to diversify its business and started to manufacture automobiles in the early 1950s (in the city of Trollhättan) and computers (Datasaab) in the late 1950s. Later, Saab also acquired truck maker Scania and for some time the company was called Saab-Scania.


Currently, the main focus of the aircraft production is fighter aircraft, with the recent JAS 39 as flagship model.

The last civil models were passenger planes Saab 340 and Saab 2000, who are both turboprop powered planes.

Saab Automobile

The automobile production started in Trollhättan, and some of the early cars were quite successful in the ralley sport. In order to increase production volume, Saab helped Valmet to start a car factory in Finland.

A common denominator for Saab cars is the use of the figure 9 in the model numbers. Current models are the 9-3 and 9-5.

Saab Automobile was sold to General Motors in the 1990s.


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External Links

See the websites of Saab Aircraft,

and Saab Cars,