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 companies quickly became out of fashion in Europe. Just as the manufacturer in Stuttgart separated from its subsidiaries, the Saab-Scania Group sold the car and transport business. A 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 is nonsensical to ask for "what-if-if". In the film, a Saab Gripen ignites its afterburners, the EV1 chases the test track in Trollhättan, drive Saab 900 and Saab 9000 CD, the luxury sedan from Sweden through the picture. Finally, there is a family reunion. Scania LWK, bus, Saab car. And from above floats a Saab civil aircraft. Great, bygone time!