• 1956 Saab 94 Sonett Super Sport

  • 1952 Saab Model 92 Sedan

  • 1960 Saab 93F GranTurismo 750

  • 1960 Saab 96

  • 1967 Saab Fastback

  • 1978 Saab 99 Turbo

  • 1986 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible

  • 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo

  • 1990 Saab Open Wheel Race Car #1

  • 1997 Saab 900 SE 2.0 Turbo

Not to state the obvious, but if you're going to buy an automaker, it's probably advisable to secure rights to use the name.

That's what the new owners of Saab are trying to work out after buying the iconic Swedish automaker earlier this month, Automotive News reports.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the Chinese-Japanese conglomerate, acquired the company's physical assets, including its factory in Trollhättan, but didn't get rights to use the Saab name and logo. Truckmaker Scania and defense company Saab AB maintain the name and logo rights, and will need to sign off on NEVS using it, according to the publication. The parties are in discussions.

Saab, which made its first cars in 1947, was acquired out of bankruptcy earlier this month. The new ownership group, led by ex-Volvo Trucks chief Karl-Erling Trogen, is planning on turning the company into an electric vehicle maker and will likely start with a battery-electric powered 9-3 in 2014.


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