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On this day: 09-25-1725

Groundbreaking auto engineer is born

Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, the French engineer who designed and built the world's first automobile, was born in Austrian Lorraine on this day. Cugnot arrived in Paris after the Seven Years War with the hope of tinkering with several inventions he had conceived during the war, including a steam-driven vehicle. After six years, Cugnot succeeded in building two steam-propelled tractors--which were actually huge and heavy tricycles. Although they may not have had power steering or cruise control, these massive tricycles are considered the world's first automobiles.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
2011Saab9-5 Aero XWD6.30014.900Car & Driver
2011Saab9-4X7.20015.600Car & Drive
2008Saab9-36.90015.500motorweek.org
2008Saab9-3TurboXSportCombi6.40015.000Road & Track
2008SaabTurbo X6.50015.000motorweek.org
2007Saab9-3 Conv 20th Anniv6.60015.000Road and Track
2007Saab9-5 Aero6.70015.200Road and Track
2006Saab9-7x (V8)7.90016.300(C&D Sept '05)
2004Saab9-3 Aero6.90015.100
2004Saab9-3 Convertible9.00016.800motorweek.org
2003Saab9-37.30015.800motorweek.org
2000Saab9-3 Viggen6.40015.000
2000Saab9-5 Aero7.00015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE6.80015.300
1999Saab9-3 SE Conv.6.60015.200
1999Saab9-3 Viggen7.00015.200motorweek.org
1998Saab9-57.20015.400
1996Saab900 S8.40016.300
1995Saab900 Turbo Coupe6.80015.200
1994Saab900 SE7.90015.800
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1994Saab9000 Aero 5 spd6.20014.800
1992Saab9000 S10.00017.400
1992Saab9000 Turbo7.50015.900
1991Saab900 S Cabriolet10.70017.700
1991Saab9000 CD9.70017.100
1991Saab9000 Turbo6.80015.200
1990Saab900 Turbo SPG8.50016.300
1990Saab9000 S9.20016.800
1989Saab9000 CD Turbo (auto)9.10016.900
1986Saab90007.60015.600
1985SaabTurbo8.60016.500
1983Saab900 Turbo10.00017.300
1982Saab90013.80019.300
1981Saab900 GLE13.2000.000
1981Saab900 Turbo 4-door (auto)11.4000.000
1980Saab900 Turbo9.70017.200
1973Saab99 EMS11.90018.500
1970Saab99E12.60018.800(C&D Apr '70)
1967SaabV-416.50019.900