Last year, Saab Company had less than 90 full-time employees counted in its headquarters staff and this year this number has increased to about a hundred and fifty and is expected to grow further.
Saab’s plant in Trolhettane has finally reopened again. Of course, it is still not producing cars, but finally works. In fact, works for the first time since its stop that happened in 2011. All Saab’s workers and technicians returned back to the factory to tidy assembly lines, perform a variety of cleaning and maintenance work, as well as upgrading the equipment. NEVS Company, which is the owner of Saab, expects to increase the number of workers at the plant to 400 people by the end of the current September. A first assembly of the Saab models should also start the nest months. This will be the first time the Company releases a vehicle after its bankruptcy.
A pre-restyled car (shown on the picture) will get a corrected bumper and probably fresh optics. Some additional touches and details will be added to the passenger compartment.
As for the engine supplier for the new series, Sweden manufacturer is making tons of unclear statements lately so it is really difficult to know something for sure. The network has several rumors going on, including the ones about BMW, Chrysler or Fiat being official engine suppliers for the Swedish brans. There’s no final confirmation from the NEVS yet so we just have to wonder a bit longer.
The first-born vehicle after the intensive care of the factory will be the 9-3 model of the second generation (of 2002 model year). To make its age not that noticeable, the company has prepared a renewed option package for it, affecting its exterior, interior and equipment. Remodeled sedan will receive a turbo diesel engine. As for the new Phoenix platform, the development of its main characteristics is in full process. The production version of this platform will appear really soon. Let us just add that the larger 9-5 model still belongs to GM.