In addition to notable performance, Saabs have also been known for efficiency and safety. A fighter plane cockpit is cramped for space, so everything must be easily accessible and able to be manipulated quickly and efficiently. Saab engineers applied these parameters to their vehicles as well, giving the driver's seat a cockpit-like feel with all controls in easy reach. Even the ignition placement is designed for easier functionality--by locating the ignition near the hand brake and shifter, all controls that need to be engaged before the car can move are located together for seamless transition from one mechanism to the next.
- Founded : 1945
- Founder : Saab AB
- Headquarters : Trollhättan, Sweden
- Website : http://www.saabcars.com
Aside from 1978's Europe-market-only Saab 600, every Saab model has started with the number 9. The 600 was a rebadged Lancia Delta; Saab also collaborated with Fiat in producing a new car platform that underpinned the Saab 9000, Alfa romeo 164, Fiat Croma, and Lancia Thema.
Saab began to lose money in 1988; and as the Swedish automaker began to struggle, General Motors purchased a 50-percent stake in 1990 with an option to buy the outstanding shares within a 10-year period. It wasn't until 1995 that, with GM involvement, Saab would once again turn a profit. In 2000, GM purchased the remaining shares, making Saab a wholly-owned subsidiary.