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1940


Ursaab
Saab Ursaab   (1947)

The first Svenska Aeroplane Aktiebolaget (or SAAB (Saab) for short) automobile project began in late 1945. But it was not until June 1947 that the project was announced to the press, and 1949 before the first Saab, the 92 went into production.


1950


92
Saab 92 B   (1953)

By 1953 the 92 had evolved into the 92B. In late 1955 the 93 was launched and continued in production until 1957. In 1954 Saab also produced a fibre glass bodied sports car, the Sonett.

By 1958 the 93B was launched, and in 1959 the estate version,or station wagon, the 95, made its debut.


1960


93
Saab 93 B   (1960)

1960 brought the 93F (front hinged doors), and not long after the 96. Over the years the Saab models continued to be developed and enhanced, and sales grew rapidly. Success in rallying helped to make the Saab an increasingly popular car. Innovation soon became a trademark; for example the development of a dual braking system in 1964.

The Saab 97 or as it was better known the Saab Sonett II emerged in 1967. A new engine, the Ford V4, for the 95 and 96, aided sales of Saabs. In late 1967 a completely new car was unveiled, the Saab 99. The 95 and 96, however, continued in production.


1970


Sonett
Saab Sonett III  (1970)

The Saab Sonett III, partly designed by an Italian, appeared in 1970. By 1970 the Saab 99 had acquired 4-doors. Once again developments in the engine size, the introduction of automatic transmission, and innovations such as headlamp washers continued to mark Saab out as a manufacturer of uniquely safe cars. Larger engine sizes and the introduction of the electronic fuel injection EMS came in 1972/73. Impact absorbing bumpers were also introduced.

The 95 and 96 models were not forgotten and were updated in 1974. 1974 unfortunately saw the end of production for the Sonett. A new model the Saab Combi-Coupé or Wagonback also made its debut in 1974. Success in rallying also came to Saab in 1974. Developments for the 99 began to appear on the 95 and 96. A major development was the 1977 announcement of the Saab Turbo, even though it was not available until 1978.

Developments to the 99 range continued with cosmetic changes to the external appearance. But in 1979 appeared the Saab 900. Much more than a longer 99 it included many major changes. The 900 was a major breakthrough for Saab sales


1980


900
Saab 900 sedan  (1980)

At the start of the 1980s, the 96 came to the end of its production. Developments to the turbo unit continued to make Saab a popular car.

A revolutionary design exercise by Saab culminated in the EV-1.

1983 saw the modification of the 99 design to match the 900. In 1984 the all new Saab 9000 was introduced. A new design, and a larger car the 9000 has continued in production until today, with both sedan and coupe variants.


1990


9000
Saab 9000 sedan  (1992)

In 1993 Saab finally replaced the old 900, now known as the Classic, with a new Saab 900 but one that stays faithful to the original 99/900 design. Both the 9000 and the new 900 represent a continuing evolution of the tradition and reputation that Saab cars have developed over the years, with innovations in engines (V6 and the light pressure turbo), transmission (the new Sensonic gearbox), handling (traction control), quality, safety, and performance (turbo). For 1997 the Saab range includes, sedans, coupes, and convertibles.

October 1997 saw the official launch of the new Saab 9-5

Early in 1998 saw the official launch of the new Saab 9-3, including Saab's first diesel powered car, and later in 1998 the new Saab 9-5 Estate, Saab's first estate car since the Saab 95.

9000
Saab 9000 5p concept (1992)



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