Trollhättan plant nabs Saab 9-3

The next generation of Saab 9-3 cars is to be built in Trollhättan in western Sweden.

The 9-3 constitutes two thirds of Saabs total production, and the news was very much welcomed by Saab’s 2000 employees.

Saab’s directors were informed on Thursday of the decision by their mother company General Motors Europe’s MD Carl-Peter Forster.

“Of course we are extremely happy, not least for all those who have worked so hard in the factory to make sure we have an effective factory that delivers high quality”, Eric Geers, head of information for Saab Automobile told TT.

Geers wouldn’t reveal when the new Saab 9-3 will be unveiled. However, he did reveal that the Trollhättan factory currently manufactures 100,000 cars, of which most, around 90,000 are Saab 9-3s.

Geers told TT that it was great that the 9-3 would continue to be manufactured in Trollhättan.

“The automobile industry is tough right now, lots of things are happening. That is why it is good we got the news that the 9-3 is to be built here.”

It has been three years since rumours first started that production could move to a rival production plant in Germany.

The relief felt by staff at the Trollhättan plant was palpable. “Naturally we are extremely happy with the decision”, said Paul Åkerlund, chairman for the trade union IF Metall in Trollhättan.