Used Saab Information
Saab was founded as an automotive concern in 1947 as a division of the Svenska Aeroplan aerospace and defense company founded ten years earlier in order to build aircraft fro the Swedish Air Force so the country could remain neutral during World War II. When the war neared its end, the company looked for diversification markets and chose automobiles as one of those. The first Saab car was designed and developed starting in 1945 and producing several prototypes before the first production model, the Saab 92, entered the market in 1949.
Saab has seen several owners since its inception, remaining as part of the Saab conglomerate until partnership with Scania, then ownership by General Motors, purchase by Swedish Automobile, and finally bankruptcy and purchase by an investment group which restored it as the National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) in 2012.
Many Saab vehicles are considered collectible cars in Europe, but for American buyers, the most common Saab cars to be seen in the used car market are the Saab 900, 9-2X, 9-7X, and the 9-5.
The used Saab market for the 900 (generally referring to the "NG" model of 1994-98) may be the car most Americans associate with Saab. It became the 9-3 model in 1999, which remained in production until 2002. This car gained its reputation for long-lived endurance thanks to a record-breaking endurance test at Talladega.
As an upscale car, the Saab 9-5 is seen as Saab's most luxurious offering and it retains a strong resell value in the aftermarket as a used car. It began selling in 1999 and ran until 2012.
For sport utility sales, the used market for the Saab 9-2X and 9-7X are brisk. The 9-2X lasted only two years in the U.S. market and is often referred to as the Saabaru as it is a badge-engineered Subaru Impreza sold under agreement between Subaru and General Motors. Meanwhile, the larger 9-7X was based on the GM GMT360 platform of 2005-2009, on which the Chevrolet Trailblazer and other SUVs were based as well. This gave the 9-7X the nickname "Trollblazer" after Saab's headquarters in Trollhattan, Sweden although the 9-7X was actually built in the U.S. The 9-7X was a high-end SUV replacing the Oldsmobile Bravada in the company's lineup with several Saab nuances included. Both of these sport utilities are popular used vehicles.