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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 Earlier negotiations are no longer valid.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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Saab Factory Gears Up For Increase In Saab Car Production

Posted on 26. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab Factory is gearing up for an increase in Saab Car production, with the 9-3 Sedan, SportCombi, 9-3 Convertible, 9-3x and all new Saab 9-5 Sedan according to TTELA.

In the near future, the Saab factory will be prepared to take on a significant upswing in production meeting the expected demand.

In addition, there are also plans to focus on the recruitment of staff in order to support the new Saab’s mission.

The road ahead is looking bright, for newly owned Saab Automobile.


Now Saab gears up new recruits and new ways of working to take the company into the future

Recruitment of staff in key positions in finance and purchasing, as well as new employment in production.

There are some concrete things that are now waiting for the new Saab leaving GM and concentrating all its activities to Trollhättan.

With the final documents that make Saab into an independent company signed on Tuesday, now begins a frantic activity to tow the company out of the frozen lake that GM put the Swedish subsidiary in, while setting a new course on the global market again.

There is much that must happen in a short time now, “says Mats Fägerhag , director of technology development at Saab, and mentions the sub-contractors must begin to deliver the material again.

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Final Saab 9-5 SportCombi Model Rolls Off Assembly Line

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The final 2009 MY Saab 9-5 SportCombi, originally planned to end final production in March, ended today at the Saab factory in Trollhättan.

This now concludes all Saab 9-5 production models for the 2009 model year, as the sedan ended this past July.

It was kind of strange, that Saab History heard about this through an rss feed through Swedish publication, Teknikens World instead of directly from Saab Automobile themselves. I would check out the link here for more photos of the car however, it’s interesting.

Update: Saab Automobile Provides Press Release:

Out with the Old, In with the New: Final Current Generation Saab 9-5 Produced

* Last first generation Saab 9-5 rolls off Trollhättan production line
* Almost 500,000 produced since 1997
* Next generation 9-5 being prepared for launch this year

The last current generation Saab 9-5 to be produced, a silver Griffin edition SportCombi, rolled off the assembly line yesterday (1 February) at Saab’s Trollhättan plant in Sweden.

Almost half a million 9-5s have been produced since its launch in 1997 – 252,236 sedans and 231,357 SportCombis. This popular model, soon to be replaced by an all-new generation, introduced a number of industry innovations: active front head restraints (SAHR), ventilated seats, Night Panel instrument dimming, a charcoal interior air filter and Saab BioPower flex-fuel turbo technology.

The last Saab 9-5 is bound for the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, where it will join an illustrious line-up of all Saab’s key models. As it left the assembly line, a new chapter in Saab product history was beginning – the first all-new 9-5 sedans are already being produced at the world class Trollhättan facility ahead of launch later this year.

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Tel: +46 (0)520 279797

The last 9-5: an generation of a rolling band of today

Today at 12.30 last rolled Saab 9-5 from the first generation of the assembly line in Trollhättan. The art world were on hand to immortalize the moment.

World art photographer Glenn Lindberg is currently in Trollhättan, specifically in the Saab factory. Where has he for a little while ago, witnessed the completion of the last Saab 9-5 from the first generation, then the one you see on the pictures above and below.

16 June 1997 rolled off the first 9-5: an of the band. A SportCombi in red metallic with 150-horsepower light-pressure turbo under the hood and manual transmission. Today the car at the Saab museum in Trollhättan, Saab 9-5, which also number 483 593 will do, that is the car that rolled off the tape at 12.30 today, 1 February 2010.

This last copy of the outgoing 9-5 SportCombi is one of the color Snow Silver with a 2.3t BioPower engine of 210 horsepower under the hood. In terms of the equipment contains the most you can think of in a car, that is, leather upholstery, navigator, and much more – just like a Griffin Vector Sport Edition will have.

Saab 9-5 from the first generation produced in just over 12.5 years and during this period, we therefore had time to build 483 593 copies. It is slightly less than what its predecessor managed by Saab 9000, informs Peter Bäckström, head of the Saab museum, us. 9000 was produced in just over 503 000 copies, but it also made it over a slightly longer period, between 1984 and 1998.

We say thanks and farewell to the first generation Saab 9-5, which has done a good job in just over twelve years and welcome the new Saab 9-5 with open arms. And so we hope that the new 9-5, although new it would turn out to be an exceptionally good car, not a long-running series of the same rank as its predecessor.

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The “Save Saab” Gathering In Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted on 18. Jan, 2010 by .



The Saab Club of Denmark had an unknown amount of Saabs that were in attendance to convoy to Trollhattan, Sweden as part of the “Save Saab” campaign.

Click here for more photos.

We assembled at the square in front of the Town Hall, in Copenhagen, where we were 35 Saab’s.

After a photoshoot by the Town Hall, the convoy drove to the American Embassy. Here we had another photoshoot.

The Danish convoy to Trollhättan, were 20 Saab’s and 35 people, including Mike from the UK and two guys in a Dutch Saab 96.

Danish press was also present, including three camerateams, Denmarks largest newspaper, and to danish automagazines.

The two automagazines and Danish TV2 television followed us to Trollhättan – of course driving in Saab’s.

What did we learn in Sweden this weekend? Well, here you go:

– The new Saab 9-5 is a VERY cool car. It’s doesn’t look as big as the measurements indicate. It is however very, very spacious inside.

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The First Saab 9-3 Convertible Production Footage

Posted on 14. Jan, 2010 by .


As a continuation of the press release we saw earlier this week of the first Saab Convertible to be produced in Sweden, here’s some video footage.

This video footage depicts the 9-3 convertible being assembled at the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.

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Saab Sighting Of the Week "Saab Enthusiast Buys 1990 Saab 900 Friction Tester In Washington, D.C."

Posted on 12. Jan, 2010 by .



Photo Credit: Arte Levy

The Saab Sighting of the week this week goes to Arte Levy who just purchased the 1990 Saab 900 Friction Tester from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. recently.

You may recall that back in August of last year, the airport was selling it. Well, it finally ended up in this Saab enthusiast’s hands and he is very excited about it!

Thanks Arte for another one saved, here’s what he had to say about it!

I have an update on that Saab Friction Tester from Dulles…

Dulles never resold it…and they ultimately asked me if I would be interested in buying the SFT.

So I did!

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The First Official Saab 9-5 Production Photographs

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .



Photo Credits: Saab Automobile AB

The first official Saab 9-5 production photographs were provided to Saab History today.

These photos were taken yesterday at the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden. This is another display that the production continues as planned.

I must say, this color might look the best for the all new Saab 9-5, wow!

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Saab Automobile Sales Process Continues Uninterrupted

Posted on 08. Jan, 2010 by .



Saab History has recently learned more details about what it means for Saab Automobile at this time following the statement from GM.

It has been indicated that Alex Partners are truly working with GM to begin the process of liquidation, however, that process won’t really begin until January 15th thereabouts. Also, as previously mentioned, production at the Saab factory will begin this Monday, so how can production continue if a liquidation will run in parallel? It cannot!

This means, most importantly, that the only thing going for Saab Automobile is this “parallel” sales process which has to be completed by January 15th, otherwise, the liquidation process will continue.

The entire situation that was thrown down “unexpectedly” to Saab Automobile from GM today was looked at as unacceptable, given the time immediately following bids that were received last night. Furthermore, having this news just before the start to the big North American International Auto Show was also unacceptable because guess what, the press may be talking about now?

The folks at Saab Automobile are totally outraged by GM’s untimely press release today and one can really wonder if there is some other “hidden agenda”. The question we must ask ourselves is “how can one in good faith receive 5 bids and 11 hours later shift the goal posts again: where until now GM spoke of a ‘wind down’ all of a sudden it became a ‘liquidation!”.

It’s now becoming abundantly clear to everyone that we really don’t know what to expect from GM as to who they are, what they are doing and what’s in store for Saab Automobile.

However, the Saab sales process continues uninterrupted, so here’s hoping for a positive outcome by early next week or sooner!

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