Saab’s slogan is “born from jets,” and with good reason: The history of the Saab company is one of the most interesting in the automotive industry, because Saab didn’t begin by making automobiles, but rather by manufacturing airplanes. Let’s take a closer look at Saab’s timeline:
The Early Years
In 1938, the first Saab factory was built in Sweden. With World War II looming, the Swedish Air Force needed to begin production on fighters and bombers and commissioned Saab for the undertaking. Following World War II, the Saab Company began producing non-military aircraft such as the Saab 90 and Saab 91, which were both intended for commercial use. After the war, Saab also began focusing on building trucks, cars, and buses.
Post-World War II
Once the war ended and the threat of Nazi tyranny was no longer an issue, Saab turned its focus to the automotive world. This era saw the creation of iconic Saabs like the 9-3, which is still in production today. In the 1970s, the production of the 500,000th Saab ushered in a modern era of innovation.
The Modern Saab
The Saabs on the market today exemplify their slogan. With sporty cockpit-style interiors and ergonomic heads-up displays, being behind the wheel of a Saab is an intuitive and fun driving experience. The addition of the turbocharger to Saab’s common list of features and upgrades makes a Saab an economical and sporty option for nearly any driver. In 2000, GM bought the remaining Saab stock available and became its primary owner. With GM at the helm, Saab is a company with a bright future to build on its prestigious past.
Saabs are truly unique vehicles, and if it’s time for you to switch to a more aggressive and fun style of driving, then a Saab is a great choice. To find new and used Saab vehicles, call Falcone Automotive at (317) 263-0002 or visit us online.