Koenigsegg
Country
Sweden
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Brands
Koenigsegg
Location Headquarters and factory: Angelholm, Southern Sweden


Sales figures
Annual sales around 10-20 cars.
From 2002 to the end of 2012, the company delivered 100 cars in total.
Introduction Sweden is an unlikely place for building supercars, but Christian von Koenigsegg succeeded to put this country into the global map of supercar creation. Koenigsegg CC series is not only among the fastest cars in the world, but also built up to very high engineering and quality standard. This make it so appealing to the richest customers in the world. Its sky-high price, in the region of 1 million Euro, means Koenigsegg does not need to produce many cars to survive.

However, Koenigsegg has yet to prove its sustainability beyond the CC series. Quandt, the 4-seat electric supercar displayed in 2009 Geneva motor show, might be the answer.

Koenigsegg locates in an ex-air force base at Angelholm of Southern Sweden. Its factory was converted from hangar, not the kind of sophisticated facilities you might expect for the supercar. Anyway, the runway allows it to perform high-speed testing, and the rich customers can easily arrive by helicopters.
Brief History
Koenigsegg was founded by young entrepreneur Christian von Koenigsegg in 1994, when he was only 22. Early funding came from his wealthy family and government loan allowed him to build the first CC prototype. As it was publicized as the first ever Swedish supercar project, many Swedish companies offered free help during its development. For example, Volvo offered its wind tunnel and testing facilities while Saab engineers helped tuning its engine. The car was conceived and designed by von Koenigsegg himself, but soon he was able to hire some experienced sport cars engineers and test driver to complete the job.

CCR (2005)

After 8 years of development, testing and homologation, the first customer car was finally delivered in 2002. In the first 2-3 years, Koenigsegg built only 6 cars as it lacked the reputation of established supercar makers. However, it kept improving the car no matter in performance or quality. When the 806-horsepower CCR lapped Nardo test track at 241 mph in 2005, breaking the long-standing speed record of McLaren F1, orders started flowing in. In the next two years, Koenigsegg built another 20 cars. By mid-2008, it had already delivered 60 cars to customers. The latest cars were sold at 1 million Euro each.

Together with Pagani, Koenigsegg was the only new supercar maker successfully established a sustainable business in the recent 20-30 years.



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