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Saab Automobile AB, known as Saab, is a Swedish car manufacturer and currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors. It is the exclusive automobile royal warrant holder as appointed by H.M., the King of Sweden. Saab has become known for turbo charging, quirkiness, safety and green technology. Saab was originally created as a division of the Swedish Aeroplane Company, with World War II nearing its end; the company began looking for new markets to expand. 1944 - Project 92 began, with the goal of creating the first Saab passenger car. Five years later, the Saab 92 began production. The design highlighted the company's roots in aviation. 1955 The 92 model was reworked and became the 93. The engine was upgraded from two to three cylinders but unusually remained a two stroke. The car received a facelift, including the first Saab with the brands trademark trapezoidal grille. 1959 - A wagon variant, the 95, was added and was in production for the next twenty years. 1967 - The need for a larger model saw the birth of the Saab 99. The 99 was the final Saab designed by Sixten Sason, who had designed all their earlier models. The 99 was Saab's first turbocharged model. 1978 - Saab signed an agreement with Fiat to sell rebadged Lancia Delta as the Saab 600 and jointly develop a new car platform. The agreement yielded the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma, Lancia Thema and Saab 9000, all riding atop the Type Four chassis. 1990 - General Motors bought 50% of Saab for US $600 million, with an option to acquire the remaining shares within a decade. 1993 - GM's involvement spurred the launch of the "new generation" Saab 900. The new car used the same platform as the Opel Vectra and polarized Saab aficionados. 1995, The company declared a profit for the first time in seven years. 2000 - GM purchased the remaining shares of Saab, making the company a wholly-owned subsidiary. 2005 - It was announced that GM would move the production of the next-generation Saab 9-5 from Trollhan to the Opel plant.

Innovations 1958 - The GT 750 is the first car fitted with headrests as standard. 1963 - Saab becomes the first volume maker to offer diagonally-split dual brake circuits. 1969 - Saab creates an ignition system near the gearbox, instead of behind the steering wheel like most cars. 1970 - Saab introduces a 'world-first' - headlamp wipers and washers. 1971 - Heated front seats are introduced, the first time in the world they are fitted as standard. 1971 - Saab develops the impact-absorbing, self-repairing bumper. 1976 - Saab was the first manufacturer to produce a turbo engine with wastegate to control boost. 1978 - Saab introduces another 'world-first,' the passenger compartment air filter. 1980 - Saab introduces Automatic Performance Control (APC), and an anti-knock sensor that allowed higher fuel economy and the use of lower grade fuel without engine damage. 1981 - Saab introduces the split-field side mirror. This eliminates the drivers blind spot. 1982 - Saab introduces asbestos-free brake pads. 1983 - Saab introduces the 16-valve turbocharged engine. 1985 - Saab pioneers direct ignition, eliminating the distributor and spark plug wires. 1991 - Saab introduces a 'light-pressure' turbo. Saab is the first manufacturer to offer CFC-free air-conditioning. Saab develops its 'Trionic' engine management system, equipped with a 32-bit micro-processor. 1993 - Saab introduces the 'Sensonic clutch' and the 'Black Panel', later to be called the 'Night Panel'. Saab develops the 'Safeseat' rear passenger protection system. 1994 - Saab introduces the 'Trionic T5.5' engine management system, its processor is a Motorola 68332. 1995 - Saab presents an asymmetrically turbocharged V6 at the Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. 1996 - Saab introduces active head restraints (SAHR), which help minimize the risk of whiplash. 1997 - Saab introduces Electronic Brake-force Distribution. Saab fits ventilated front seats to their new 9-5. Saab introduces ComSense; an alert delay feature that reduces the risk of distraction by briefly postponing lower priority alerts when the brakes or indicators are activated. 2000 - Saab introduces Saab Variable Compression, an engine in which the compression ratio is varied by tilting the cylinder head in relation to the pistons. 2002 - Saab developed ReAxs System provides crisp steering feedback and contributes to enhanced driving stability in curves. 2003 - Saab introduces CargoSET; automatic storage well retraction for the convertible, a two-step tonneau action for quicker soft-top deployment. 2008 - Saab introduces Cross-wheel drive, an advanced all-wheel drive system with eLSD.



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