Saab production resumes
25th March, 2010
- Production resumes at Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan plant
- All-new Saab 9-5 saloon was first car down the line
The production lines at Saab Automobile’s state-of-the-art Trollhättan plant began rolling again on
Monday 22nd March 2010, heralding a new era for the Swedish premium car maker as an independent company.
To mark the occasion, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller and Trollhättan
Plant Director Gunnar Brunius took up positions on the line alongside assembly workers as the first
batch of cars was built.
Production at the Trollhättan plant was originally halted for seven weeks. Now, following the
purchase of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV, the first cars to be built by Saab as an independent
company will soon be delivered to customers.
“Today’s resumption of production is a milestone in the history of our company” said Jan Åke
Jonsson. “We are up and running as an independent manufacturer and I am delighted to share the
experience on the line alongside our workforce. They have shown tremendous commitment to the company
and we are all now focused on ramping up production to meet customer demand.”
First on the line was an all-new Saab 9-5 saloon, destined to join a test fleet prior to the model’s
official launch later this year. Further down the line was a Saab Convertible, now also being produced
in Trollhättan as part of the concentration of Saab operations in Sweden. With the introduction of the
new 9-5 SportWagon next year, a total of five model lines will be produced at the plant.
“We have a highly flexible, world-class facility here at Trollhättan,” said Plant Director
Gunnar Brunius. “Our ability to build so many different models in one location improves plant
utilisation and will deliver valuable efficiency gains. With these state-of-the-art facilities and a
dedicated workforce, we are in excellent shape.”
Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars said on Monday: “Everyone at Saab has worked extremely hard to
reach this important point. Today production restarted with a new 9-5 first down the line – a fitting
symbol that a new era has begun.”