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Saab Factory Expected To Ramp Up Production From 100 To 220 Cars Per Day Starting This Month

Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by .


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

This week, just a few weeks ago since production restarted, Saab Automobile AB and the union, IF Metall, agreed to reduce employee vacations from 4-weeks to 3-weeks.

This agreement was made as production at the Saab factory is expected to ramp up from 100 vehicles per day to 220 vehicles per day beginning on April 12th.

Here is the rest of the article from Trollhattan, Sweden’s TTELA.

While production started again at Saab a couple weeks ago, it was announced that there could be overtime on Saturdays as the maximum speed on the production line is reached.

The union, IF Metall and the company agreed that there will only be three weeks vacation for employees.

Short holiday for Saab Employees

It will be a short holiday for all employees in the production of Saab. Earlier negotiations are no longer valid. Rather than stop at the factory shortened from four weeks to three.

– Given that there will be a tough autumn, we had had four weeks, but now we are in a particular location, “says IF Metall’s Chairman Hakan run.

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Another Update From Saab Automobile On Saab Status

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .


This is the latest update from Saab Automobile regarding the status of the company.

2010-01-11, updated at 13.45

Production starts today, Monday

Today will start production back on schedule after the Christmas break. The next few weeks, we will build the Saab 9-3, 9-5 and the new Saab 9-5. We are also beginning to build a number of Saab 9-3 Convertibles on the production line. The first Saab 9-3 Convertible will be completed sometime at lunch tomorrow! Last Thursday, the test was run all factories to verify that the new installations and alterations would work. On Friday, used the time to prepare for the start of production and to correct any deficiencies discovered.

– It worked well last Thursday and Friday, only a few minor adjustments that needed to be tested for everything would be in order for the production start, “says production manager Stig Runesson at Saab Automobile.

– In the current situation, we plan also to stop in the weeks 5 to 10 in anticipation of further decisions on the future of the company. If it comes out a positive decision, you can anticipate that we will have to do everything possible to produce at all, or several, of these weeks, “says production director Gunnar Brunius.

Well-attended external website for employees

To inform employees even during the long production has stopped the company opened up an external website. (This informed us about the Saab Comment on September 10 and December 16.) There are internal information continuously posted in the weeks 51, 52, 53 and 01. This page has had just over 20 000 visits during this time and statistics show traffic from about 7000 different computers.

This page will continue to be updated, at least until late January / February.

In conjunction with the Detroit auto show

Detroit Motor Show has opened, but Saab is not in place. However, we can expect some writings and statements from there, because GM’s leadership and the media are in place

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Saab Automobile Sends Update To Employees

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .


Saab Automobile sends an update to their employees about the status of the company, the December 31st deadline that is no longer and the ongoing bids.

Work continues

After GM’s decision and communication December 18, the work of planning the decommissioning of Saab Automobile continued, while GM continues to evaluate the stakeholders that are in force a purchase of the company. This work has also continued during and after Christmas and will continue into the new year. Since the settlement decision December 18 is the deadline previously announced by GM – that is, on 31 December – no longer current. We are now waiting for information about GM’s reaction to the bids received.

Saab commitment to grow while increasing and the customers, enthusiasts who select retailers worldwide in various forms, its support for Saab. Special groups and so-called “fan pages” on Facebook has been started, and we see evidence of petition campaigns and open letters. One of the latest examples is the song “Griffin up!” By David Blumberg, located at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-jUir7ypPU

With this, we wish all the employees a nice New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year and we will return with information as soon as something new is to bring.

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Spyker Cars Expects Response From GM Before Friday

Posted on 28. Dec, 2009 by .


Sweden’s SVD published a recent interview with Spyker Cars CEO, that indicates that he expects a response by GM with a decision before the end of the year, even if the author of this article doesn’t believe that December 31st is valid any longer.

In my correspondence with Mr. Muller of Spyker Cars tonight, he indicates that “things are moving along with GM.” This is good to hear and it’s the first news of the week about the status of Spyker Cars progress with GM since last week.

The end of the year is Friday, December 31st, so a decision would have to be made tomorrow, Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

Spyker expect a decision this year

Last update: 28 December 2009, 19:07

Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller is expecting that General Motors, GM, to answer whether the new bid to be accepted before New Year’s day. But GM has already decided on the closure and the deadline for the New Year is no longer valid. It says Hakan Danielsson, Board of Saab, the Svenska Dagbladet Näringsliv.

On Christmas Eve, leaving the last Saab speculator, sports car manufacturer Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller, Sweden, Trollhättan, and returned to Holland. It was just before Christmas he last spoke with representatives from GM. Since then there has been silence from across the Atlantic.

– We expect a response from GM this week. Since the deadline is December 31 so I expect very much that they are of themselves very soon,
“said Victor Muller, but he believes that it is difficult to predict whether the deal will go through.

– I’m very hopeful, I have been since its inception. We have done everything we possibly can.

What reactions did you get in Sweden by Saab representatives?

– To date the response has been very encouraging. Everyone wants to of course make sure that Saab will survive and if it can happen thanks to Spyker, I believe that people can be very happy.

Have you been in contact with former speculator Koenigsegg Group?

– Yes, I know Christian very well, “said Victor Muller and admits that he and Christian von Koenigsegg has talked a lot with each other on the Saab.

– We have definitely, he has been very helpful. He did not give me the business plan but it’s the same business now as they worked on with Saab. So our business plan is basically the same.

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Happy Holidays From Peter At The Saab Car Museum

Posted on 24. Dec, 2009 by .



Peter Bäckström of the Saab Car Museum in Trollhättan sends us a Happy Holidays card.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Peter Bäckström & his colleagues at the Saab Car Museum

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Saab Automobile AB Planning For Two Different Scenarios

Posted on 23. Dec, 2009 by .


This just in from a tip about news from Saab Automobile at this time. It sounds as though they are preparing two different scenarios for Saab Automobile.

Here’s hoping the completed sale scenario is the one that sees the light of day before the end of the year.

2009-12-23, updated at 13.45

Management is working with parallel plans

Company management informed today that it had both a management team meeting that a board meeting at Saab now. The company is working in parallel on with plans for two different scenarios, and an organized settlement and also a completed sale of Saab Automobile. Management is also involved in work on GM’s analysis of the stakeholders.

“We want to thank all staff for a fantastic commitment and impressive performance during a stressful year and want to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas” and seasons greetings from management.

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Breaking: Swedish Goverment Meets With GM

Posted on 19. Dec, 2009 by .


The Autoblog has been the first news source that reports that the Swedish Government is meeting with GM about the Saab decision at this time.

I am hoping that not only are they requiring that GM give them the details, but moreover, they both work on a solution in saving Saab Automobile.

Will provide more details as they arise:

Less than a day after General Motors officially announced Saab’s euthanization, it looks like the storied Swedish brand might still have the faintest whisper of a pulse. Motor Trend is reporting that there are rumors swirling that the Swedish government will hold emergency meetings this weekend to try to save Saab. At least some government officials apparently feel that Saab is too important to fail… now where have we heard that before? With such a small population, the closure of Saab could have a major impact on the nation’s economy, much like the failure of GM (and Chrysler, to a lesser extent) was viewed as potentially catastrophic in the States.

Some 3,400 employees will be jobless when GM completes its planned “orderly wind down” starting in January. That estimate doesn’t include workers from the 1,100 Saab dealers that will also be shuttered around the globe.

Despite the failed selloff, things look like they’re picking up at The General. The automaker announced yesterday that they had paid back the first $1 billion TARP money they borrowed from us the U.S. government. BAIC, Koenigsegg, Spyker and others had attempted to jump into the Saab fire-sale, but all have come out burned. Well, BAIC at least scored tooling for the old 9-3 and current 9-5. With a new-for 2010 9-5 having taken the stage at auto shows around the globe in recent months and the 9-4X in the wings, we’d love to see all of the Saab faithful get an early Christmas gift. We’re definitely not holding our breath, but we’ll keep you posted through the weekend should anything materialize.

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Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson Responds

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .


Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson Responds to the news media today about GM closing Saab, according to TTELA.

Jonsson believed in success

Trollhättan Saab Chief Executive Jan Ake Jonsson, who as far maintained their optimism, looked somewhat browbeaten out when he carried out the interview after interview.

– Of course I am very disappointed. It’s been an incredible concentration over a long period. When not in case it is not a positive situation, I will not hide from.

He was convinced that everything was going to go without a hitch.

– All this kind of negotiation goes through peaks and valleys. It succeeds in some things and some fail. We’ve made progress every day. Now we move on from here.

Saab CEO has no answer to when the plant closes or when the employee is terminated.

– We need a directive from GM. It is GM that has made its transparency and, in their way, there are no preconditions to implement this. And instead of picking up any other option decides to GM settlement.

Has the last car was built?

– GM has decided to phase out and that means not going to be built Saabs here. While we wait for precise directives so is still my opinion that the liquidation of a business man so it ends.

How lengthy decommissioning will not know Jan Åke Jonsson.

– I think it is too early to judge exactly what the final outcome will be. There are a variety of assets in the company, operations can continue in another form in order to support the automotive industry. It may evolve over the next few weeks.

What should employees do after the Christmas break?

– I do not know for sure, but we are sitting on a lot of material in the factory and it would be wrong not to build the cars, because I think they have a great value. But it is something we can analyze in the coming days.

Will someone buy the new 9-5.

– It is too early to predict. We’ve built 30-35 units in the current situation and I do not know what will happen to them.

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