Press Release: First production 9-4x leaves the production line at Ramos Arizpe

The first 9-4x unit has left the production line in Ramos Arizpe. It is an Ice Pearl Aero 9-4x, and is meant to be used in a press presentation in the USA and then sent to the Saab Museum in Trollhättan.

This is the Googletrans with some changes from my side of the Spanish press release (The only one at this moment).

The first unit for retail of the Saab 9-4X Crossover has left the assembly line plant in Ramos Arizpe in Mexico.

The President and CEO of Saab, Jan Åke Jonsson, was present at the start of regular production, only three months after the global launch of the 9-4X Motor Show Los Angeles, and has been accompanied by Executive Director Vehicle Line, Anders Svensson, and Product Manager of the 9-4X, Mikael Jacobsson.

The first vehicle with the chassis # 00001 is an Aero in Metallic Ice Pearl with an 2.8 V6 engine and will go to a media presentation in the United States before being sent to Sweden for display at the Saab museum.

“This is a great day for Saab,” said Jonsson. “The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in developing our business plan. This car, sporty and distinctive, we can significantly expand the appeal of our brand and gives us access to a new market segment of vigorous growth, specially in America. ”

With the advanced XWD all-wheel drive and adaptive chassis control, the 9-4X will begin marketing in the United States in May. In Europe and other global markets, sales are scheduled from August.

I don’t know if they will send this unit to Chicago to replace the pre-production unit being shown now on the the auto show.

Red J


The official press release after the Jump

First Saab 9-4X Rolls Off Production Line

The first Saab 9-4X crossover to be commercially produced has now rolled off the assembly line at the Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.

Saab Automobile President & CEO Jan Åke Jonsson was on hand to see regular production begin, just three months after the 9-4X was unveiled last November at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Jonsson was joined by Executive Director Vehicle Lines Anders Svensson and 9-4X Product Manager Mikael Jacobsson.

The first vehicle – chassis number 00001 – an Ice Pearl metallic Aero model with a 2.8V6 turbo engine, is bound for a media test drive event in the United States before being shipped to Sweden for display at the Saab car museum.

“This is a great day for Saab,” said Jonsson. “The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in the fulfillment of our business plan. This sporty and distinctive product will significantly broaden the appeal of our brand and give us access to an important new vehicle segment that is still growing, particularly in the United States.”

Featuring Saab’s advanced XWD all-wheel-drive system and adaptive chassis control, the 9-4X goes on sale in the United States in May, with sales in Europe and other world markets scheduled to begin from August.

Tobias A
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Tobias A
5 years 7 months ago

Epic moment!

Damn, that is one sexy car 🙂

Nico
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Nico
5 years 7 months ago

Just wondering if anybody has ever seen a 9-7X and 9-4X next to each other. I would love to see the actual comparison in size. The 9-4X will always look better than the 9-7X. Are their pictures of the 9-4X with a Q5, XC60 or X3 out there?

Any news on the concept car that will be revealed in 2 weeks???

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago
I was trying to do a comparison of dimensions against the competitors you mentioned. Perhaps I can put together a table when I have a spare moment. The problem is, I’m not sure if the dimension data was official. Does anyone have official dimension data? Also, dimension data doesn’t always tell the whole story. I’ll give an example. I’m 6’7″, so interior space is kinda important to me 😉 . I ran the numbers for the new BMW X3 and was pretty excited about it. Until I sat in it. The seating position was really uncomfortable for me. The car… Read more »
Steve C.
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Steve C.
5 years 7 months ago

I have a SU link and an external link from Jeff P. that helps with dimension data. Click and see if it helps.

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 7 months ago

Even though I did not mention it in my Chicago show story (from 2 days ago) the headroom in the Tiguan was the leader for SUVs. Although we checked the SRX which is also built in Mexico. it’s possible the 94X could be different because of design nuances. hopefully bigger.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

The SRX, on which the 9-4X is based has the following dimensions

Wheelbase 110.5 inches (2,807 mm)
Length 190.2 inches (4,831 mm)
Width 75.1 inches (1,908 mm)
Height 65.7 inches (1,669 mm)

The 9-7X dimensions are as follows

Wheelbase 113.0 in (2870 mm)
Length 193.2 in (4907 mm)
Width 75.5 in (1918 mm)
Height 68.5 in (1740 mm)

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago
Börjesson
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Börjesson
5 years 7 months ago
That’s a really great feel-good story! It’s so nice to see more of this type of positive reporting in the Swedish press for a change. Here’s a nice quote: Production manager Håkan Ekholm talks about a communion and a spirit that is better than he has ever experienced in the workplace. And he has 32 working years to compare with. He tells of a Sunday the other month when the monthly account was to be made and material shortages meant that they hadn’t been able to build as many cars as required for the numbers to add up. – I… Read more »
zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

WOW! There’s a feel-good moment if I ever saw one. 🙂

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago

230cars/day x 260 working days= 59800 cars/year and thats on 1 shift. I think we going to make it!

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago

As a manufacturing engineer and a lean six sigma black belt, I would have loved the opportunity to pick up my car in Trollhattan and to see the factory. Unfortunately, the 9-4x is made in Mexico and European Delivery is on hold. I wonder if I can visit the GM plant in Mexico… (doubt it).

Jim
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Jim
5 years 7 months ago

Mexican delivery!!!!! ;D

Barbapappa
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Barbapappa
5 years 7 months ago

What car is Linda Wallin working on in the picture?

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like a 9-3 SportCombi

Barbapappa
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Barbapappa
5 years 7 months ago

Is it a 9-3 SC?

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 7 months ago

The 9-3SC I think, it´s not 9-5 SC.

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago

I’m really excited about this car. I’ve been tracking the 9-4x stories for a while and it’s great to see that things have progressed rather quickly. I can’t wait to see it in person and to sit in it (hopefully at the New York Auto Show), but I have a feeling this is the car for me.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

If they now produce retail ready 9-4X.. why wait until May to start selling them? Is it to build up stock at dealers? I would love to just even ONE 9-4X for buyers at a Saab dealer in the US from 1st March.

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago
My guess is that this production representative unit was probably largely built by hand, or in parallel with the main assembly line. Let’s not forget that this line is shared with other brands and products. The work now has to get done to plan product mixes, optimize switch overs, increase efficiency, etc. Not to mention get the supply chain primed and ready to go. Despite that, I agree with you because I don’t think they built just one unit. That would be wasteful. A limited production run would be enough to display at auto shows, hold events at dealers, etc…… Read more »
Bravada from GMI
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5 years 7 months ago

Oh no! There’s a looming ghost of the Rendezvous in the background. Apage!

Smithy
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5 years 7 months ago

It does look quite special, even in comparison with the SRX that in my opinion doesn’t really nail it design-wise. (I saw one today, maybe they’ve updated it…)

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

And when we remove the three blokes in front of the car it will look even more special.. 😉

Martin
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Martin
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. What a story. Saab is really the Phoenix rising from the ashes!

Would love to pick up my next 9.3 convertible with chassis no. 1 in Trollhättan. 🙂

SaabSideways
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SaabSideways
5 years 7 months ago

I would much prefer a new model 9-5 Xwd Sportwagon (were it ever to appear) and the 9-4 is likely to be very market specific, I can’t see many units selling in the UK.

hipchecker
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hipchecker
5 years 7 months ago

Can anyone confirm if the 9-4x will be on display at the NY Auto Show? I Can’t wait to see it in person.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

The 9-4x will definitely be there, and I’d guess that it would be a real production example, since the show is late April and units should be rolling off the line at quite a clip by then. There’s a high probability that the Saab design concept will be there too, Victor suggested it at the Spyker 10th anniversary drive through the catskills to me when I asked. His specific words were, “It’s a major show, so it makes sense.” I should follow up to check.

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Great news! 🙂

I’m struggling to get a handle on the size of the car. On its own it always looks huge, but when beside people, it looks a lot smaller… yet, the dimensions are hardly that small! Must be something deceptive in the styling that’s throwing me off!

Congrats Saab, hope it sells like hot cakes. On a cold day. When nothing else is for sale. And everyone’s hungry. And have just completed an exhaustive task.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

I wonder as well as I still have problems understanding the size of the car even if there are people in the photo as this time.

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 7 months ago

This is great news, now hopefully North Toronto Punter can enjoy the Toronto Show without emailing Vladimir for the key. Seriously, having seen it in the flesh in Chicago, it is a gorgeous vehicle.

lala
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lala
5 years 7 months ago

The first vehicle — chassis number 00001 — an Ice Pearl metallic Aero model with a 2.8V6 turbo engine, is bound for a media test drive event

Taken from the english press release: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-saab-9-4x-rolls-off-production-line-116182259.html

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 7 months ago

The wheels are turning!

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 7 months ago

Is it me or does JAJ look rather uncomfortably HOT ??

And why does he have his hand behind the other guy’s behind ? LOL

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

He is resting his hand on the front fender. 😉

Jason Petho
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Jason Petho
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like Saab will be at the Calgary Auto Show in March:

http://www.autoshowcalgary.com/floorplan/2011_autoshow_floorplan.html

Hopefully they have the 9-4x there!

Jason Petho

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 7 months ago

We have to wait until March 29 here in Vancouver !! 🙁

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Oh goodie. 29 March going in my diary. 🙂

fred from chicago
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fred from chicago
5 years 7 months ago

Great looking car! Cant wait to see the 9-4x at the Chicago Auto Show this week. (Too bad the car in the mural looks like a Buick Rendezvous–a badge-engineered Chevy!

GML
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GML
5 years 7 months ago

Swade, et al,

With Cadillac’s decision to stop using the 2.8T and 3.0 engine, one would suspect that the 9-4x may be next. The obvious alternative is to use the 3.6L engine also (like the 2012 SRX).

I know there’s a deal for BMW to supply 1.6T engines, but what other engines are possible/probable for the entire Saab line up?

Chris CArrier
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Chris CArrier
5 years 7 months ago

I’m curious — is there a 9-7x and/or 9-2x in the museum?

Chris

Will
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Will
5 years 7 months ago

Yes to 9-2x.

Link here.

Ruben
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Ruben
5 years 7 months ago

Okay, now it’s time to bring in some money and thus pave the road for some real Saabs.

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