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The Roots of Saab AB.
Long Version 1.2. . May 17, 2015.
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Saab Automobile AB was founded by
Saab Scania AB and GM (General Motors) each owning 50% and 50% from January
The very early car activities 1945-47 took place in Linköping managed by
Gunnar Ljungström , Chief Engineer for all Saab Car development until 1969.
Before 1972 the Saab Car activities were handled by Saab AB in Linköping.
Product Development took place in Trollhättan from 1947 and series
production started in 1949.
In 1968 the 50-50 joint venture Saab-Valmet OY was founded in
Uusikaopunki,Finland. The JVs first cars were produced in 1969.
In 1972 Saab Car division was formed as one part of Bildivisionen
in Saab-Scania AB. The other member was Scania-divisionen.
Sten Wennlo was appointed head for Saab Cars HQ located in Nyköping where
also finance department, car sales and all marketing activities were placed.
I have insufficient knowledge how Saab Car business was managed in detail
regarding cost accounts inside Saab AB 1945-1972. I am hopeful to find
documents in the Saab Car Museum Archives.