Ford Motor and General Motors failed with their Swedish brands because they never got the full attention of their US owners.
Saab has rarely achieved a profit for GM. In 2007, the brand lost 2.2 billion kronor (360 million), according to Swedish financial daily Dagens Industri.
Volvo, which Ford bought in 1999, was profitable at first, but its last year in the black was 2005, when it earned $377 million.
Hit hard by a new-car sales slump in the US and the global economic downturn, both Ford and GM are now considering the sale of their Swedish units.
Analysts agree premium brands such as Saab and Volvo need attention. Something they didnt get in sufficient quantities as their American owners focused on their core volume brands.
The person in charge of [GMs European volume brand] Opel is probably number 30 in the GM hierarchy; if you are the person in charge of Saab, youre probably in 80th place of farther down, said Jürgen Pieper, an analyst at Metzler Bank in Germany.