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Saab Automobile Will Resume Production On Monday

Posted on 08. Jan, 2010 by .

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Saab History has learned through an official channel at Saab Automobile that production at the Saab Factory will resume on Monday, January 11th.

This is very positive news. It is indicated that these vehicles will be produced to complete existing orders that were unable to be completed prior to the temporary shutdown 4-weeks ago.

A thanks to you know who for the photograph as there are no current production model photos available at the Saab Media site.

This should be seen as a good milestone once we pass it on Monday, so here’s hoping we learn about the Saab sale soon!

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European Saab Clubs Plan Convoy To Trollhättan

Posted on 30. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab History

The Saab Club of The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden are all planning a group convoy of Saabs to drive to Saab Automobile’s facilities in Trollhättan, Sweden on January 17th, 2010.

Apparently at around 11am, they will arrive at the Saab Car Museum and then sometime at around 1:30pm (13:30), a huge convoy will drive around the Saab Factory, the Saab Technical Center and so forth. The folks in the Netherlands are also planning on finishing their trip at the Spyker factory in their home country upon their return.

The idea apparently behind this is to get a lot of press to show up to see the visual support of the car company. While I see this as a good idea, I have to stop and consider two things that are critical to this grassroots initiative.

1) Timing If a deal is to be completed by next week on January 7th, why would this event need to take place 10 days later?

2) Location I wonder why they are choosing to drive to Saab’s headquarters, what’s the point?

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Saab Employee Showcases Final Saab Of The Year Produced At Saab Factory in Trollhättan, Sweden

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Gary Car Wheels

On the website, Gay Car Fans, they have received photos from a Saab employee stating that this is the final Saab car to leave the Saab factory for the year. This photo was taken as production at the factory stopped for 4-weeks until it ramps back up after the first week of January.

This car is a 2010 model year Saab 9-5 SportCombi 2.3T as seen in the photos that clearly look like it was taken by a cell phone camera. I thought cell phone cameras were not allowed in the factory? I remember when I took the tour in 2007 during the Saab Festival, we all had to put our phones in a box before the tour began and pick them up after. Perhaps employees are allowed to?

This vehicle should be placed in the Saab Car Museum regardless, as it is a piece of Saab History!

Here is the quote from the individual that posted the photo.

9-5_rearYes,basically there are two option for a “final car” as i see it. Vehicles that has not yet begun it process in any of the assembly shops (body,paint and general/finish assembly) can not be included even if there is an order/VIN number etc.

I dont know why i couldn’t post my message, becuase i explained it there.

The first one, is the final car that is currently standing at the final gate on the driven line. It is about 2 meter left in order to falling of the line. It’s completed,but not tested and verifed. So when the cars has been tested and verified there once again a option for finding the “final car made”.

The car that is standing infront of the verifed once,ready to burn out from the factory and heading towards the seller is what i would call “THE FINAL CAR MADE”

Here it is on a photo (again sorry for the poor quality on these)

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The All New Saab 9-5 Began Production This Week

Posted on 26. Nov, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Auto Motor & Sport

The all new Saab 9-5 began production this week at the Saab factory in Trollhattan according to Saab insiders as referenced on the Wall Street Journal

The timing of this was interesting, given it was the same time that the Koenigsegg Group terminated their agreement to buy Saab from GM.

“We built the first new 9-5 sedan in our factory yesterday, which was launched in Frankfurt in September,” argued Hellgren.

“If GM hadn’t been at all interested then they would have cut long ago,” said Akerlund.

One of GM’s options is to simply wind up production of the brand, as it did with its US brand Saturn, but Akerlund and Hellgren were optimistic that GM won’t pull the plug.

“I expect that GM will want to hear what we think but I believe that they probably will still want to sell us.”

“Now it’s up to our owner, GM,” said Hellgren.

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Saab Sighting Of The Week, Saab 9-5 Spiritual Successor Of Saab 9000 In Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Posted on 29. Sep, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Carl Levine

Carl Levine, has provided Saab History with a nice Saab Sighting of the week this week. This Saab sighting showcases “spiritual successors”. These being a 1992 Saab 9000 CC to the right, adjacent to a 2004 Saab 9-5 at a parking garage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

As we all know, the Saab 9-5 was developed as the successor to the 9000 and in 1997, they were built side by side at the Saab Factory in Sweden as one was being phased out and the other, phased in.

It’s not often when you see the older 9000 CC models around, especially the few years that the facelifted version was available (1991-1992) in the hatchback model as you see here.

A great find and nice to see it on the road and running today, especially in the suggested new home to Saab Cars North America, Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

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BAIC Visits Saab Factory To See Technology & Engineering

Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by .

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Trollhattan’s TTELA indicates that BAIC‘s CEO, Wang Dazong has visited the Saab Factory this week to see the technology and the engineering.

During this visit, Dazong has indicated that his company wants something in return for their investment stake with Koenigsegg Group. This “something in return”, now appears to be technology, engineering and intellectual property rights.

So the question here is how will this interest in Saab technology & engineering differ from the program that Saab had with GM? Why can’t BAIC just get a tiny fraction of all car sales in return for their financial support?

Below is the TTELA report loosely translated from Google Translate.

BAIC examines Saab Technology
Trollhättan Employees from China Beijing Auto has been at Saab in Trollhattan in once a week. On Thursday was CEO there.
Purpose: See if there is technology to buy the company’s manufacturing operations in China.

– They are so far very pleased with what they’ve seen, “says Kjell ac Bergstrom, CEO of Saab’s subsidiary Powertrain Sweden, to TT.

Beijing Automotive Industry, which shortened BAIC, the Chinese company to invest money, probably billions, of Koenigsegg Group is to buy the Saab Automobile from General Motors.

The company has promised a minority stake in Koenigsegg Group, but to get the letter of intent to mature into a definitive agreement with spices Koenigsegg Saab Technologies.

– BAIC is prepared to invest what is needed, but want to get something in return. They have not gone into this just because it’s fun to support Trollhättan, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

Want to buy everything

He confirms that BAIC, Geely Automobile and Chinese, were among the 20 different stakeholders in the spring, wanted to buy the entire Saab. The first time the company representatives were visiting in April.

This time, BAIC employee looked closely at what makes Powertrain, namely powertrains including engines, but they have also been examined including the production and marketing department.

– Most interested are the intellectual property rights. They want to see what Saab has for technology that can be used in their own production, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

CEO Visit

On the way home from the Motor Show in Frankfurt was CEO Wang Dazong to Trollhattan on Thursday to coordinate how the work goes.

BAIC, which is owned by Beijing Municipality, currently produces primarily vehicles on behalf of established brands as Hyundai and Mercedes. The goal is to grow significantly.

– In order to be able to develop its own brand, the access rights from a manufacturer like Saab, who can sell the licenses, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

GM and Saab are still negotiating about the technology Saab owns. It’s just that the Chinese will see. In addition, Saab has taken a lot of precautions.

– They may not take any photos, nor make any copies, “says Kjell ac Bergström.

He is, like, the management of Saab and Koenigsegg Group, warmly welcoming BAIC.

– The company feels very stable, with a leadership that has experience in Western automotive businesses, “he says.

TT

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Final Saab 9-5 Production Model Rolls Off Assembly Line

Posted on 03. Jul, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

The final Saab 9-5 production model rolled off of the assembly line this week at the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden.

The Saab 9-5 Sedan first debuted in 1997 as a MY ’98 model, has been in production for 11 years and this model represents the end of it’s production run.

It’s first year of production, the 9-5 hit the 3 millionth Saab model to be produced, and as it’s demand spiked over its lifetime, it set a new level of unparalleled safety for Saab Automobile.

To learn more about the 9-5’s history, please take a look through the Saab History 9-5 archive for more information.

A sincere thank you to the folks at the Saab Automobile AB factory and press team for providing this photograph to Saab History today.

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Koenigsegg Quant NLV To Be Built At Saab Factory?

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 by .

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A writer for Inhabitat, has recently written about the Koenigsegg Quant, a solar powered supercar of the future to be built at the Saab Factory in Trollhättan in the near future.

If you have not read up about this car, I strongly suggest you check out the details on Koenigsegg’s website.

Here’s a brief snippet on what he had to say.

Recently supercar company Koenigsegg revealed that it has obtained a controlling interest in Saab, and according to a Swedish website, their plan is to not just keep Saab running, but to use its facilities to manufacture the solar powered Quant supercar in the near future. The Koenigsegg Quant is a fully-electric four person solar powered vehicle with a top speed of 170 mph, and a 0 to 60 speed of around 5.2 seconds. The entire body is covered in a photovoltaic thin-film solar coating designed by NLV that powers the vehicle

Koenigsegg is currently a small car company with a very limited production – in fact, one of the big issues stopping them from producing cars in large numbers has been their lack of a facility to build them in. Koenigsegg’s deal with Saab suggests that the supercar manufacturer will start rolling out its cars in greater numbers, and we can’t wait to see the vehicles on the horizon.

The most impressive feature of the Koenigsegg Quant is the vehicle’s Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES) system. The FAES has no hazardous materials or heavy metals, and according to NLV in can be charged in just 20 minutes to full capacity. The range of the vehicle is a whopping 500 km.

When we first heard of the Quant, we figured that it was a great concept, but would never really make it into production. Well, if Koenigsegg’s plans for Saab come to fruition, we may actually see this on the streets sometime soon.

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