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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 .

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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
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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 Earlier negotiations are no longer valid.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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Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Saab Appoints New Business and Purchasing Directors

* Independent Saab strengthens executive team
* New Business and Purchasing Directors appointed
* Both tasked with forging new commercial partnerships

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab Automobile is making two key executive appointments, effective 1 April, to exploit new business opportunities as it moves ahead as an independent company.

Martin Larsson, 41, former Executive Director – Purchasing, takes up a newly created role as Executive Director – Business Development, responsible for forging new commercial partnerships for the company. He is succeeded by Kjell-Åke Eriksson, 58, who will lead the purchasing organization while remaining General Manager of Saab Sweden until a replacement is named.

Announcing the directorial appointments today, Saab Automobile President and CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We are now up and running as an independent company with great opportunities to develop new commercial relations with businesses outside the General Motors organization.

“I have great confidence in both Martin and Kjell-Åke as they have the necessary experience, through working for Saab in Sweden and abroad, to build these new alliances.”

The management changes are part of a strengthening of the executive leadership team in Saab Automobile’s development as a stand-alone business. They follow the appointment last week of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

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Photographs Of Saab Factory Resuming Production

Posted on 22. Mar, 2010 by .

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Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

Here are press photos of the first vehicle produced under the new era of Saab Automobile as indicated in the press release today.

It was interesting to see the production number of 001 as one individual pointed out on Saab History’s facebook page, could there only be 999 of these vehicles produced?

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Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has just received the official press release from Saab Cars North America.

Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters

* Saab Cars North America to reside in Royal Oak, Michigan
* Company to invest $2.4 million to enhance North American Sales and Marketing Operations
* Over 2000 jobs to be retained or created over the next few years

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that its headquarters will reside in Royal Oak, Michigan, creating or retaining approximately 2000 jobs in North America. The company will invest $2.4 million to enhance its U.S. Sales and Marketing operations. Saab Automobile AB was recently purchased by the Dutch automobile company, Spyker Cars NV.

“Saab Cars North America appreciates the assistance and cooperation of the City of Royal Oak and the Governor’s office in helping make the company’s decision a reality during tough economic times,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America. “As a direct result in acquiring local and state assistance, we look forward to renewing our U.S. presence as an independent, premium luxury automotive brand with Swedish heritage while maintaining our loyal following and potentially attracting new customers.”

“From advanced batteries to homeland security and life sciences to building materials, companies across all industry sectors are choosing Michigan for their growth plans, because our state is a great state in which to do business,” Governor Granholm said.

The State of Michigan Economic Development Council worked with the City of Royal Oak to secure the project. Governor Granholm approved a state tax credit, with local contribution by the City of Royal Oak, for a total benefit of $1.4 million over five years to encourage the company to expand in Michigan versus other competing states.

“This is tremendous news for Oakland County. While the county continues to transform into a knowledge-based economy through my Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street and Automation Alley initiatives, the automobile industry still employs a large segment of our workforce. This affirms that we remain the global center of the auto industry. Credit is due to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, my Economic Development Department and Royal Oak,” said L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.

Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92. Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company’s roots as an aircraft maker and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base. GM acquired a 50 percent stake in Saab in 1990 and acquired the balance of Saab in 2000. As part of its strategy to focus on its four strongest brands in the U.S., GM began seeking a buyer for Saab in January 2009, a concerted effort that led to Spyker Cars NV purchasing Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on February 23, 2010.

For more information and a listing of Saab dealerships, please visit the website: www.saabusa.com.

CONTACT:
Michelle Tinson
Saab Cars North America
Phone: 248-705-0604

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Saab Automobile AB Appoints New Sales Director

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile AB has just appointed Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director of Sales.

Saab Automobile Appoints New Sales Director

* Experienced automotive senior executive joins Saab
* Responsible for Saab’s global sales operations
* Recruited to optimize sales including three new products in the next 16 months

Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

Hallmark joins Saab’s senior management team from Volkswagen, where he was Executive Director of Asia, responsible for operations in 50 markets, including China and Japan. He takes up his new position with immediate effect and will be based at Saab’s headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden, where he will report directly to Saab Automobile President and CEO, Jan Åke Jonsson.

Hallmark assumes responsibility for Saab’s global sales operations from Knut Simonsson, who retains the position of Executive Director, Brand and Marketing.

“Saab is embarking on a new era as an independent company and I am delighted to be joining the management team at such an exciting time,” said Hallmark. “With three new products about to be launched and a re-energized dealer network in place, I look forward to building sales volumes and reinforcing the brand’s presence in major markets around the world.”

Announcing the appointment, Jan Åke Jonsson said: “I am very pleased to welcome Adrian to our senior management team. His broad range of experience makes him ideally suited to this role and I am confident he will add significant value as we start to regain our position in various markets and further grow the Saab business.” He continued: “Over the next 16 months we will be launching three new products – the 9-5 Sedan, the 9-4X and the 9-5 SportCombi – Adrian’s contribution will be vital in optimizing the sales of these exciting new products.”

Hallmark is a former Managing Director of Porsche Cars GB Ltd and has also been responsible for Bentley’s global sales, marketing and PR activities. He served as Executive Vice President Volkswagen of America Inc, based in Detroit, before taking up his position as Executive Director of Asia.

Contact:
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

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GMAC to provide financing for Saab dealers and customers

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab History has just received this press release from GMAC.

GMAC to provide financing for Saab dealers and customers

* GMAC chosen as financial services provider to Saab Automobile
* Preferred source of wholesale and retail financing for dealers and customers

Trollhättan. Following its successful launch as an independent company, Saab Automobile announced today that it has selected GMAC Financial Services as the preferred provider of wholesale and retail financial services for qualified Saab dealers and customers in many different countries around the world.

Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB said: “Today’s announcement is excellent news for the Saab organization as a whole and also for Saab’s customers. It not only makes available competitive financing, but also provides valuable continuity for the dealer network which already uses GMAC services.”

Bill Muir, GMAC President said: “We are delighted to be able to build on our strong relationships with Saab dealers and customers, and we look forward to working with Saab as it begins a new chapter in its history.”

Contacts:
Saab Automobile Press Office
Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

Tony Sapienza
GMAC North American Automotive Finance Operations Communications
Tel: +1 313-656-5005
tony.sapienza@gmacfs.com

Susanne Gehrling
GMAC International Automotive Finance Operations Communications
Tel: +49 6142 604 566

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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

* Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants
* 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms in April

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the U.S. market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

“This pricing action allows Saab to be in-line with the market and maintains accessibility of Saab’s rich Swedish heritage, innovation and responsible performance for our many loyal owners, enthusiasts and potential new customers,” said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.

Topping the list for 2010 is an all-new 9-3X premium cross-over model. Powered by Saab’s 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 9-3X offers sporty performance without the typical penalty of high fuel consumption. Add in the standard cross-wheel drive (XWD) with electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) and raised chassis, the 9-3X delivers an all-road driving experience you can take with you no matter where your road leads. The 9-3X starts at $37,800 MSRP.

The 9-3 Sport Sedan is available in two trim levels, 2.0T and Aero, and both can be specified with either front wheel drive or with Saab’s Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) system. Sport Sedan starting prices range from $29,725 MSRP for the 2.0T to $38,940 MSRP for the Aero model. Both cars offer a host of standard equipment with the Aero adding sport-focused features such as 17” alloy wheels, more aggressive front fascia, interior trim with two-tone leather seats, thicker sport steering wheel, a sport tuned chassis, and dual bright exhaust tailpipes. OnStar with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is available on 2.0T models and comes standard on the Aero. A Bose six-CD audio system and XM Satellite Radio are also standard Aero content. Memory driver seat and rear park assist are available on Aero models in the optional Premium Package.
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Saab Automobile Creates Ad From Save Saab Campaign

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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Saab Automobile AB creates a new print ad from the global Save Saab campaign.

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