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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Helsinki, Finland

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .

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The “Save Saab” gathering in Helsinki, Finland had 125 Saabs in attendance and an even larger amount of supporters!

A great job in showing support to a place once home to the production of a number of Saabs including the convertible and the Viggen!

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The First Ever, Saab 9-3 Convertible Built In Sweden!

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The first ever Saab 9-3 convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off of the assembly line yesterday at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

The Saab Convertible has historically been built in Graz, Austria from 2004-2009, and previously it was built in Uusikaupunki, Finland ever since it’s introduction in 1986.

This is a huge day for Saab Automobile and a big milestone in the history of the convertible. This car being produced in Sweden now also means that all production is now entirely in Sweden. I think that Bob Sinclair, the man behind the idea of the Saab convertible would be proud if was with us today.

Here’s the press release below:

Saab Automobile Produces its First Convertible in Trollhättan

* Production of iconic Saab Convertible begins in Trollhättan
* Increased utilization of Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan production facility

The first Saab Convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off the line at Saab Automobile’s production facility in Trollhättan today. All previous Saab Convertibles have been built outside of Sweden, first at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland and latterly at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

During 2009, the decision was made to concentrate all Saab car production in Sweden and as a result the Saab Convertible is now being built alongside the current 9-3 and 9-5 models, plus the next generation 9-5, at Saab’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Trollhättan.

Saab Automobile revealed its first four-seater Convertible as a concept car in 1983 and the production version followed in 1986. Since then, more than 250,000 Convertibles have been produced. Designed as a true four-season, all-weather soft-top, the Saab Convertible has achieved iconic status and in 2008 it accounted for 12% of sales in the European premium mid-sized convertible segment. The latest vision of Saab’s future direction in convertible design, the 9-X Convertible Concept, was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to great media and public acclaim.

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The Saab Automobile Factory Continues Production Today!

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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The Saab Automobile factory continues production today as I mentioned it would earlier, after a 4-week hiatus according to Saab Automobile as indicated on TTELA.

“The production run will also include a few all new Saab 9-5’s as well” according to Eric Geers, Saab Automobile’s Global Communications Manager.

At 8 o’clock, the first Saab 9-3 Convertible in history was built in Trollhättan, following years in Graz, Austria, and initially in Uusikaupunki, Finland. I bet the factory workers were pretty excited to built their first convertible ever in Sweden today!

In addition to the convertible, the 9-3 model range and the old 9-5 wagon will continue to be produced.

Here is the article below loosely translated:

First convertible built!

TROLLHÄTTAN amidst of all the turmoil surrounding the future took Saab Automobile in Trollhättan in to write a little company history on Monday morning.

– The first 9-3 Convertible in Trollhättan produced here today, “said Eric Geers, Communications Director at Saab Automobile.

– It was on the line at 8 o’clock.

9-3 Cab has been returned to Trollhattan, having previously been in Austria.

The start of it and other models on Monday morning came after a four-week break. It was so good it was now, a typical day at work for employees.

– We are 9-3 and one or another of the old 9-5, “said Paul Akerlund, club chairman for IF Metall.

– It can also be one of the new 9-5, “he says.

But when it is on the Test series in different pace and with more manual tasks than it could be in the future.

Parts of the tools necessary for the production of the new 9-5 is still in Germany at the Opel plant in Rüsselsheim.

While production of the drug once again in Trollhättan, Sweden on Monday morning was GM’s liquidation documents at Companies Registration Office desk in Sundsvall assessment.

– It is too early to say when we are ready to appoint a liquidator, “
said Per Nordstrom, general counsel at the SCRO.
– But it will be ready within the next few days.

Until the liquidator has been appointed managing director Jan-Ake Jonsson, Saab’s board of directors and continued control over the leadership of Saab.
The liquidation described in Trollhättan happen in an orderly manner and the aim is to achieve a so-called solvent liquidation, which means ability to pay against the creditors and customers, while the closure is done.

It is also apparent that Saab’s board of directors and CEO must not thwart a liquidation.

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Saab’s Jan Ake Jonsson Presents To Supplier Organization

Posted on 01. Sep, 2009 by .

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In Södertälje Sweden, the town where Saab had their former engine factory, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director, Jan Ã…ke Jonsson will be conducting a presentation titled “The Road Ahead For Saab” to FKG on Wednesday.

FKG is an automobile industry association which represents automotive suppliers. According to the FKG website, this organization was established twenty years ago and it works together with automotive supplies in other Nordic countries such as Norway and Finland. There are approximately 300 members of this organization at this tiem.
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Swedish Radio Reports Swedish Government Automotive Loans Untouched & Still Available

Posted on 31. May, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Swedish Radio

The Swedish Government’s Jöran Hägglund, fighting for Saab Automobile’s survival, says that the Swedish Government loans have been untouched since December, 2008 and are still available according to Swedish Radio.

The folks at the Swedish Government, Saab Automobile are happy to hear that the strict rules for these loans actually had a purpose, to keep the money in Sweden while also keeping them out of General Motor’s hands, who are about to file for bankruptcy this coming week.

Car Industry Funds “Untouched”
Statssekreterare Jöran Hägglund. Foto: Markus Dahlberg/Scanpix.

The Swedish government won’t make it easier for Sweden’s ailing car industry to get money from the support package set up by the government to help car-makers like Volvo and Saab last year.

The 3.4 billion US dollar package was set up just before Christmas, but almost 6 months later not a single penny has been paid out.

Top civil servant at the Ministry for Enterprise, Jöran Hägglund, says he is glad that no money has been handed out yet. He told Swedish Radio News that had the rules been more flexible, then much of the money could have ended up in the central coffers of General Motors in the USA, currently about to apply for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. General Motors is the owner of Saab motors.

The government has not yet applied for funds from the EU’s globalisation fund either, according to Swedish Radio News. Labour Market Minister Sven-Otto Littorin promised to do so back in February, but no application has yet been sent in. The department blames the complicated application procedure for the delay. Finland, Germany, France, Malta and Spain have already received money from the fund.

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Snowdodgers Charity Rally Team Head To Finland

Posted on 21. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Team Snow Dodgers

The Snow Dodgers charity team rally heads from Stockholm, Sweden to Rovaniemi, Finland via the Artic Circle this week.

Please wish them well in supporting their next leg of the trip. Check out their route directly on their website here.

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Snowdodgers Charity Rally Team Arrive in Sweden!

Posted on 19. Apr, 2009 by .

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The Snow Dodgers Charity Rally team had quite a nice trip through Sweden after driving over the öresund bridge from Copenhagen.

As part of their experience in Sweden, they have sent me a nice e-mail along with some photographs of their experience! As you will read below, their drive has not been without problems, but fortunately the Saab Community, in particular a guy who works at a SCANIA truck shop, has come out to help them as you will read below.

In the meantime, Team Snow dodgers are now in the Artic Circle, so I encourage you to check out their updates!

Two of these pics where taken at the Swedish Airforce Museum. The plane behind is a SAAB 32 Lansen!

One photo was taken in Germany at the Nurburgring where the 900i posted a solid sub 15minute lap time! She did three laps in total which accounted for the trip to the Garage in Stockholm for a new tyre! Unfortuately the garage car lift probably helped the exhaust on its way…it fell off on the motorway yesterday leaving Stockholm…which meant a 200mile drive with earplugs having hacked the broken exhaust off in three sections with a shovel!

Our SAAB owning host Class, and his garage friend Peter managed to weld the broken exhaust back together in Peter’s lunch break using pipes from the scrapyard!

We have now driven on our ‘new exhaust’ for another 200 miles north without incident and are now stopped for the night having driven through several snow showers and freezing rain.

We will be leaving Sweden tomorrow and crossing over into Finland before heading even further north towards the Arctic Circle!

Cheers for all your support. We have had lots of encouragement on the road along the way.

Kind regards,

Gareth

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The History Of The Trollhattan-Vänersborg Airport

Posted on 01. Apr, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Google Earth/ Karin Snowstar

The Trollhattan-Vänersborg Airport (THN) , located right behind the Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden began when the land was purchased for the use of an airplane factory and airfield in 1937. This was the same year that Svenska Aeroplan AktieBolaget or SAAB, began making aircraft for the Swedish Military.

During the Second World War (1939-1944), the facility was in full swing for the Swedish Air Force and produced the B3, B5, B17, J21 and J21R.

Following the War, the airfield continued but instead of military purposes, it operated commercial civilian flights, flight school, air freight and private flights.

In 1973, the airport was modernized and became a regional airport serving Trollhättan, Uddevalla and Vänersborg municipalities with approximately 10,000 passengers that year.

Ten Years later the airport expanded the runway, new terminal and tower, and the annual passengers rose to nearly 22,000.

In 1985, the Trollhattan-Vänersborg Airport began flying the second historical SAAB civilian commercial passenger turboprop, the SAAB 340. Three years after this launch the SAAB 340 began serving Finland as well.

In 1990, a new route to Arlanda airport in Stockholm began, bringing the passengers that year to nearly 150,000 per year.

In 1992, Swede Air took over operation of the flights at the airport, then a year later SAS closed Swede Air and a new service provided by Golden Air continued service while limiting the existing routes to save on costs, which is when the SAAB 2000 aircraft was introduced.

2000 came and the annual passeners were reduced to 85,000 through Golden Air’s service.

Today, the annual passengers served at the airport is somewhere around 65,000 and continues to operate the SAAB 340 and SAAB 2000 aircrafts.

For more information on the Trollhattan-Vänersborg Airport please visit http://www.fyrstadsflyget.se/

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