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Swedish Automobile N.V. (Swan),(formerly named: Spyker Cars N.V.) is a holding company that owns subsidiaries which produce and sell premium automobiles under the Saab and Spyker brands. The Group is
listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam (ticker symbol SWAN) Spyker Cars N.V. changed its name into Swedish Automobile N.V. on 15 June 2011.
Spyker Cars specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of sports cars. The group's production facility in Zeewolde, the Netherlands, various models are hand built in accordance with the customers
- Net sales break down by activities as follows:
- automobile sales (72.3%)
- automobile racing (27.7%)
- Geographically, net sales are distributed as follows:
- Europe (61%)
- United States (34.7%)
- and other (4.3%).
October 2000 when the Spyker C8 Spyder was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show, Spyker has established a strong foothold in the super car market niche. Hand-built in the best tradition of the
traditional Spykers by the most dedicated craftsmen of our time using the very best materials available. Created with passion for the most passionate of drivers.
The Spyker C8 Spyder won instant acclaim and was awarded the 2000 Institute of Vehicle Engineers Design Award on 18 October 2000. The Spyker C8 Laviolette, a coupe reminiscent of modern jet fighters,
made its debut during the Amsterdam Motor Show in February 2001.
Subsequently the Spyker C8 Double12 R, Spyker's Le Mans endurance racer, was launched during the IAA in Frankfurt in September 2001 with which Spyker participated in the 2002 and 2003 edition of the
24 hours of Le Mans. The street version of the Spyker C8 Double12, the so called 'S', was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show in October 2002.
In the meantime countless other concourses d'elegance and events were attended in Europe and the USA. The Spyker C8 Spyder T, a twin turbo variant of its C8 Spyder was presented at the IAA in
Frankfurt in September 2003.
In the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2003 Spyker won its first victory: finishing 10th in class and 30th overall.
In May 2004 Spyker went public by means of an initial public offering (IPO): on 27 May 2004 the company was listed at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (ticker symbol SPYKR) Euronext Amsterdam.
Spyker was recognized as a National and Mobile Heritage by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science on 23 September 2004.
On March 1, 2005 Spyker announced that it had obtained approval for its C8 models in the USA by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Subsequently, on June 30, 2005, Spyker announced that it had
obtained the necessary waivers by NHTSA for the last waiver applications. With this final approval, these models are now fully US road legal.
The Spyker C12 LaTurbie made its worldwide debut during the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005. It will be the first Spyker powered by the 6.0 litre W12 Audi engine.
On 24 March 2005 Spyker announced its production agreement with Wilhelm Karmann GmbH of Osnabruck, Germany for the production of chassis and bodies in white.
A Spyker C8 Laviolette (chassis number 015) obtained a leading role in the major motion picture Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction. Filming started in May 2005. The release is scheduled for 15 March
2006 in London and 27 March in New York.
On September 4, 2005, the Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R (chassis number 046) won a major victory and a podium place, finishing second in its class (LMGT) during the LMES 1000km of Nürburgring, Germany. On
November 18, 2005, the same Spyker C8 Spyder GT2R won its second podium place, finishing second in its class (GT2) in Dubai during a FIA GT race.
In September 2005 the Spyker C8 Spyder was voted 'Best New Exotic Car 2006' by duPont Registry's Exotic Car Buyers Guide 2006, chosen from well over 100 cars.
On November 13, 2005, Spyker Cars and Mubadala Development Company (a principal investment company wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi) announced their strategic alliance. The signing of the
alliance was attended by HE Dr Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch Prime Minister.
In January 2006 Spyker was awarded 'Luxury Sports Car of the Year' by the members of China's 3rd largest portal and Asia's leading instant messenger QQ.com. The leading Chinese publication Hurun
Report awarded Spyker with a second place on its list of 'Favourite Sport Cars' in Beijing.
Spyker Squadron entered two Spyker C8 Spyder GT2Rs in GT2 class for the entire 2006 European Le Mans Endurance Race (LMS) series, including the 24 hours of Le Mans; several FIA GT races and the 12
Hours of Sebring (American Le Mans Series).
In February 2006 the Le Mans organisation Automobile Club de L'Ouest (AC0) already accepted the two Spyker race cars for the 74th "24-hours du Mans" on 17-18 June 2006.
The Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris, made its worldwide debut during the Geneva Motor Show on 28 February 2006. It is Spyker's first Super Sports Utility Vehicle and marks the second product line. The car
is a four-wheel drive, four-door, four-seater luxury super sports car powered by a 6.0 litre W12 engine.
Spyker was chosen for another major movie production: the film 'War' with Jet Li and Jason Statham as lead actors. In the movie Jet Li's character drives a Spyker C8 Spyder. Two Spyker C8 Spyders and
one Spyker C12 LaTurbie were delivered to the movie set in Canada where filming took place in May 2006. The movie is scheduled for a 2007 release.
On June 17th 2006 Spyker participates for the first time with a two car line-up during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
On 16 July 2006 Spyker finished 3rd in the 1000 km of Nürburgring.
On 30 July 2006
Spyker finished in 4th place during the 24hours of Spa-Francorchamps
On September 10th 2006, Spyker today announced that acquired Midland F1 Racing Limited ("MF1 Racing") of Silverstone, United Kingdom from Midland Resources Holding Ltd. The Formula 1 team is to be
called Spyker MF1 Racing and will be a 100% subsidiary of Spyker.
On March 6 2007, Victor Muller, Andrea Zagato and Adrian Sutil unveiled the Spyker C12 Zagato at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show. Designed and to be built in association with Italian couch
builder Zagato, the new sports car is called Spyker C12 Zagato. It is an all aluminium rear wheel drive sports car, rigged out with Formula One race car details suchs as an F1 nose, scoop, chimneys, fuel flap and
diffuser and a five-speed automatic gear box with F1 style shifting.