It’s been six weeks since Saab was forced to stop production of the 9-3 and 9-5 models in Sweden due to a lack of money to pay its suppliers. Now that Saab has signed a new deal with China’s Pangda Automobile Trade Co., production can restart.
Today is officially the first day of production since April 6th and Saab hopes to build around 100 cars a day.
Watching the first car roll off the line, Victor Muller said: “This is a great day for our company and it is great to see the plant running again. We have gone through a rough patch in recent weeks, but Saab is back in action again. I would like to express my deep gratitude to our fantastic suppliers who have worked so hard with us to make this happen, and to our loyal employees who have constantly stood by our side.”
“We will work hard in the coming period to regain confidence and show our ability to become a successful car maker. We are fortunate that we are in the middle of the largest-ever product offensive in the company´s history. Last year we launched the all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan, while the 9-3 Griffin range went on sale earlier this year. The new Saab 9-4X, our first crossover, has enjoyed raving reviews from motoring media and we already sold all 9-4X cars for model year 2011. After the summer, we start delivering the much-awaited Saab 9-5 SportCombi to customers.”