Koenigsegg

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Koenigsegg Automotive AB (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkøːnɪɡsɛɡ]  ( listen), English: /ˈkʌnɪɡsɛɡ/) is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars based in Ängelholm.

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Company

The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg, with the intention of producing a world-class supercar. Many years of development and prototyping led to the company's first street-legal production car delivery in 2002.

Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a non listed free traded Swedish Public Company. The Company has around 90 shareholders. As the company is free trading the amount of shareholders can vary. Christian von Koenigsegg is the CEO and a major shareholder.

In 2006, Koenigsegg began production of the CCX, which uses an engine created especially for that vehicle. The CCX is street-legal in most countries, including the United States.

Apart from developing manufacturing and selling the Koenigsegg line of supercars, Koenigsegg is also involved in "green technology" development programs, including the CCXR ("Flower Power") flexfuel supercar. Koenigsegg is also active in development programs when it comes to plug-in electric cars' systems and next-generation combustion engine technologies.

In March 2009 the Koenigsegg CCXR was chosen by Forbes to be one of the ten most beautiful cars in history.[2]

History

Prototypes and production

The initial design of the Koenigsegg CC was drawn by Christian von Koenigsegg. He then took his sketches to Industrial Designer David Crafoord in order for him to realize the sketches into a 1:5 scale model. David then laid his personal touch to the design brief and finished the model. This model was later scaled up by Sven-Harry Åkesson in order to create the base plug for the initial Koenigsegg prototype that was finished in 1996. During the next years the prototype went through extensive testing and several new prototypes were built.

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