Since the 1940s, Saab Automobile was known as the Swedish maker of quirky, small cars. In later decades, the brand name became synonymous with safety and turbocharged engines. General Motors acquired the brand in 2000 and turned it into another GM division with shared platforms, but the brand never gained popularity. As GM went through bankruptcy and purged brands, Saab found itself owned briefly by Spyker Automobiles and then National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). The Saab brand has reverted back to the defense company, with NEVS continuing to pursue electric vehicles based on Saab car models.