Over the weekend I published a story, which included some preliminary information about the Saab 9-3 Convertible production moving from Magna Steyr’s facility in Graz, Austria, back to Saab’s own factory in Trollhattan Sweden.
I have recently received some updated information from Saab themselves about this, reproduced below:
An agreement has been made with Magna Steyr regarding production of the Saab Convertible. The last Saab Convertible will roll off Magna Steyr’s assembly line in Graz in December, after which time all Saab Convertibles will be built alongside the current 9-3 and 9-5 models at our state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Trollhättan.
Jan Åke Jonsson said: “We have a world-class production facility in Trollhättan and there is scope to increase the number of cars we produce there. Moving Convertible production to Sweden will allow us to further utilize the plant, reduce costs and safeguard jobs.”
He continued: “We have been extremely satisfied with the quality, professionalism and service that we have received from Magna Steyr over the last five years, but the time is right to bring our Convertible home to Sweden.”
Saab Automobile produced its first four-seater Convertible concept car in 1983 and the production version was revealed in 1986. Since then there have been more than 250,000 Saab Convertibles sold. Designed as a true four-season, all-weather soft-top the car has achieved iconic status and in 2008 it accounted for 12% of the European premium mid-sized convertible market
So now you’re up to date!