Maybe it was the good time for Saab. Or maybe not, because the crises of the 80er years forced Saab to sell the car business. At the time, the Saab-Scania Group was broad-based. Aircraft, satellites, buses, trucks and cars construction. Even computers made the Swedes and set up some data center at that time.
Integrated technology groups quickly went out of fashion in Europe. Just as the manufacturer in Stuttgart separated from its daughters, the Saab-Scania Group sold the auto and transport division. Wrong decision? Might be.
In Korea, the Hyundai Group manufactures everything there is today. From consumer electronics to shipbuilding and sausages, Koreans invest in all business segments that promise profits. They do not drive so badly. With their car brands Kia and Hyundai they hurry in Germany from success to success. Where would Saab stand today if the Swedes had continuously expanded their business?
It makes no sense to ask about “what if”. In the film, a Saab Gripen ignites its afterburner, the EV1 chases across the test track in Trollhättan, Saab 900 and Saab 9000 CD, the luxury sedan from Sweden drive through the picture. At the end there is a family reunion. Scania LWK, bus, Saab car. And a Saab civil aircraft hovers from above. Great past time!