New Saab for Trollhättan says MD

Saab Automobile plans to start production of a new compact car at its factory in Trollhättan.

The company’s managing director Jan-Åke Jonsson told TT that negotiations with the unions have already begun.

The car will form part of the 9-3 range.

“This is incredibly positive and presents a great opportunity for Trollhättan,” said Jan-Åke Jonsson.

But he did not reveal much more about the company’s plans for the production of the new car, other than saying that a dialogue is ongoing between the management at parent company GM and unions at other GM factories.

“Yes, there are other factories within GM which also have the capacity,” he said.

Jonsson sees the discussions have begun between the management at Trollhättan and the other GM units as “the next stage in our development”.

It is nevertheless still unclear where the little Saab will be built.

“We have said that Saab needs a large operation in Sweden to be credible as a Swedish brand,” said Jonsson.

The transition from today’s production to building a smaller Saab at the Trollhättan facility will require investment, but Jonsson was unwilling to predict how big that would be:

“Exactly how much is required to phase out today’s 9-3 and 9-5, and for a new compact platform product, we don’t know. But they are different products so of course investment will be needed.”