Sweden’s automotive industry is known for a few things. One: safety. Volvo was a pioneer in this area from the beginning, pushing to make cars better for passengers when the unthinkable happens. Two: bankruptcy. Saab used to be a quirky alternative to other premium offerings from firms like Audi or Acura but arguably GM drove this brand into a ditch and then it unceremoniously faded away. Three: strangeness. Swedish cars were often very different from competing vehicles, with interesting design elements and unusual features.
Bucking these trends is Koenigsegg. It was founded in 1994 by a man that wanted his own supercar company. Since then the brand has introduced a number of outstanding vehicles and shattered numerous records along the way, and they’ve done it with style. Offerings like the One:1 promise “megacar” performance. It comes with a carbon-fiber chassis, turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 engine and the ability to accelerate from zero to 400 km/h (nearly 250 MPH) in roughly 20 seconds. It’s crazy in the best way possible.