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The hood and the boot door. And some suspension parts are made of aluminium, all four wheel carriers (hubs) and brake calipers, the lower control arms in the front suspension and the toe and lower links in the rear suspension are made of aluminium. In the convertible, the operation system of the tonneau cover.....

With the launch of the 9-3, one of the future projects was to build cars in aluminium, but I think with the nowadays situation that project is gone.

For this reason the invesment done in Trollhattan for the launch of the 9-3 was of 420 million euros; 85 million for the new press shop, 125 million to the body assembly line, 120 million to the paint shop and 80 for the final assembly lines.

The hood wheight is about 40% lighter, but costs twice compared to a steel hood. For this reason it was necessary to reduce the time of production and increase the productivity. In this issue, Saab reduced in a 30% the time needed to produce a 9-3 compared to the old model.

Trollhattan in that time had and I can say has a big advantage for the production of low volume cars and high flexibility. Also to increase the engineering center. For the cost of an Engineer in Russellheim you have two engineers in Trollhattan and the labour costs in the factory have been reduced significantly.

http://media.gm.com/intl/saab/en/news/pr_old/pressrelease_681_intl.htm

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundomotor/2002/09/13/empresas/1031932833.html

its in spanish......

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