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Saab Restarts Production


Saab Trollhättan plant

On Monday, a new chapter in Saab’s history will be opened when the production at the plant in Trollhättan will restart after a seven-week-halt. The ailing Swedish car brand is now a part of Dutch sportscar maker Spyker, and many of the 3,500 employees at the Trollhättan plant are optimistic that Saab’s new owner will lead the company into a prosperous future.

“Our storerooms are almost empty, so it’s about time that we get going again”, Joachim Lind, head of the car sales company Saab Ana in Trollhättan, tells the news agency TT.

It was a chronologic coincidence when the production plant in the west Swedish town of Trollhättan stopped production seven weeks ago at the end of January, because at the same time, Dutch sportscar maker Spyker finally got the approval to take over the ailing Swedish car brand. The deal was preceded by weeks of arduous negotiations between Spyker’s CEO Victor Muller, the board of then Saab’s owners, US auto giant General Motors, the European Investment Bank and the Swedish government.

Amid catastrophic sales figures - less than 40,000 cars were sold last year - and potential customers backing down from Saab, the production plant had already been shut down for four weeks around Christmas. Two weeks later, at the end of January, the plant was shut down again, with hardly anyone expecting it to re-open after the search for a new investor. But events changed once again and Saab, already pronounced dead even by the brunt of its greatest fans, resurrected from its grave.

Critics point out though that Saab’s new owner Victor Muller is not a credible businessman – doing business with semi-criminal Russian investors and lacking a long-term vision to help Saab survive on the sharpening international auto market.

But the 3,500 Saab employees in Trollhättan, alongside thousands of employees at the sub-supplier companies are brushing away doubts about their new owner - looking optimistically into the future. From Monday on, production will start at a rather low pace.

The plant is expected to build some 100 cars a day. But within another four weeks, Saab hopes to double its productivity in order to produce between 50,000 and 60,000 cars a year.

Saab’s former and current Swedish head Jan Åke Jonsson told the media that his company has received orders for 2,000 cars since the plant was temporarily shut down. And at least another 2,000 cars have been ordered from the United States, maintains Jonsson.

Saab intends to build its 9-3 and 9-5 models entirely in Trollhättan, after parts of the production have been moved back to Sweden from abroad. The first new cars will be available as of late June or the beginning of July, promises the company. Car salesman Joachim Lind claims that the interest among the customers has increased significantly in the previous weeks. The price range for Saab’s so far most popular model 9-3 starts at 42,000 dollars in Sweden.

The coming months will tell if the Dutch-Swedish joint venture will help save the last icon of Sweden’s car industry. Saab’s management even tells the media that they expect to hire new staff in Trollhättan in order to cope with the renewed interest in the company’s cars.
 

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I really hope they will offer a 250+HP(at least) 9-3 very soon. Especially with no more V6Turbo option:x:eek:, at least it could be fast even if it doesn't growl and sing like the LP9.
 

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Saab Production Line Rolls Again

From Saab production lines roll again - The Local Published: 22 Mar 10 11:32 CET

At exactly 9.17am on Monday, Saab Automobile's production director Gunnar Brunius cut the yellow ribbon to restart the production lines at the firm's Trollhättan factory.

The body of a new Saab 9-5 began the slow process towards the end of the line bearing the text Saab 001 to symbolise the new start after the recent takeover by Dutch Spyker Cars.

Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller was on hand to receive a standing ovation among Saab staff.

Saab's new dawn created a buzz of media interest and Victor Muller and Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson were obliged to repeat their obligatory handshake over the bonnet of the new 9-5.

Jessica Karlsson, one of the fitters assigned to the first vehicle, has worked for Saab since 1996 and there were times that she thought she had built her last car.

"Yes, everybody thought so the way the situation was looking. But this is a moment we have really been waiting for and look forward to. It will be fun to get going again," she said.

Many of the Saab employees bore a badge with the simple message "I love Saab."

The firm plans to manufacture 500 cars this week, with production increasing to 1,090 within three weeks. Production will mainly concern the Saab 9-3, but also a first run of the new 9-5.



 

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Need the uber 9-5 by 2011, something with enough juice to move the big panzer 0-60 in 6 or less mated with AWD and 6MT of course, or my next lease will be the S4:nono; No way, i'd rather buy out the Turbo X.
 

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Need the uber 9-5 by 2011, something with enough juice to move the big panzer 0-60 in 6 or less mated with AWD and 6MT of course, or my next lease will be the S4:nono; No way, i'd rather buy out the Turbo X.
according to edmunds first look of the 9-5 with Muller, he flat out said he was gonna bring the Viggen badge back (with a purpose)

"Turbo lag is minimal, and it will shrink to almost nothing when a twin-turbo version of this V6 is introduced for the high-performance Saab 9-5 Viggen. (The Viggen — "Thunderbolt" — was a jet fighter built by Saab between 1970 and 1990.) "The Viggen name should play a significant role in the future," Muller confirms."

http://www.insideline.com/saab/95/20...irst-look.html
 

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"Turbo lag is minimal, and it will shrink to almost nothing when a twin-turbo version of this V6 is introduced for the high-performance Saab 9-5 Viggen. (The Viggen — "Thunderbolt" — was a jet fighter built by Saab between 1970 and 1990.) "The Viggen name should play a significant role in the future," Muller confirms."

http://www.insideline.com/saab/95/20...irst-look.html

*swoon*
I hope they introduce a twin-turbo 9-3 in 2012!
 

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Don't forget guys, Viggen jets just like Somali pirate boats have Volvo engines :)
 
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