Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 11:17:06 +0000
From: Martin Rich <>
Subject: Re: Saab/GM Relationship

"Malcolm W. Mason" wrote: > Please forgive my naivete.I am new to the use of NGs and apparently > ignorant of some aspects of corporate Saab. Saab was purely Swedish-owned until around 1990. At that time GM bought 50% of the Saab car business - the other 50% was owned by a company called Investor which essentially belongs to the Wallenberg family. In around 2000 GM bought the remaining 50% of Saab. > I see mention of Vauxhall > and Opel sometime as examples, other times as part substitute > sources. > This is the European arm of GM. The same cars are sold with Vauxhall badges in Britain and Opel badges elsewhere in Europe. All the recent Saabs are based loosely (how loosely gets discussed here on occasion, but I would not expect there to be many interchangeable parts) on various generations of Opel/Vauxhall Vectra. > > Would some kind soul or souls in the group please take pitty and > explain. I thought that Svenske Airplane ... was independant. > > As far as I know the aircraft business (and for that matter the Scania bus and heavy truck business which used to be under the same ownership) are now completely separate from Saab Martin

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