The original Saab (Ursaab) was built in 1947. This marked the beginning of a proud history of innovations that set the standards for the global automotive industry. National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) builds on the Saab legacy of innovative power, quality, progressive design and a firm commitment to environmental and safety issues. Our aim is to be a front-runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles
- 1945 Saab was formed when Saab AB began a project to design a small automobile
- 1949 The first production model, the Saab 92, was launched
- 1968 the parent company merged with Scania-Vabis, and ten years later the Saab 900 was launched, in time becoming Saab’s best-selling model. In the mid-1980s the new Saab 9000 model also appeared.
- 1989 the automobile division of Saab-Scania was restructured into an independent company, Saab Automobile AB. The American manufacturer General Motors took 50% ownership.
- 2000 General Motors exercised its option to acquire the remaining 50% for a further $125 million; so turning Saab Automobile into a wholly owned GM subsidiary.
- 2010 GM sold Saab Automobile AB to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars N.V.
- 2011 After struggling to avoid insolvency, the company petitioned for bankruptcy following the failure of a Chinese consortium to complete a purchase of the company; the purchase had been blocked by former owner GM, which opposed the transfer of technology and production rights to a Chinese company.
- 2012, it was announced that a newly formed company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) had bought Saab Automobile’s bankrupt estate.
- 2013 the first Nevs Saab 9-3 drove off its pre-production vehicle. Initially the same gasoline-powered 9-3 Aero sedans that were built before Saab went bankrupt, and intended to get the automaker’s supply chain back up and running as it completes development of its new Nevs products.
- Saab is the exclusive automobile Royal Warrant holder as appointed by the King of Sweden.