it’s been a busy night already, but it’s about to get busier, because I’m going to bed!
That didn’t sound right. No comments, please. I meant that most stuff seems to happen when I go to sleep.
As I write this, Victor Muller is most likely waxing lyrical about Saab’s prospects to a group of automotive movers and shakers at the Automotive News Global Congress.
I haven’t found a video feed and have received no response to my email, so we might have to wait on Victor himself to let us know what happened.
Stephen Taylor has officially been appointed as the liquidator for Saab Automobile.
Take your time, Stephen and don’t touch too much. I’m feeling like your services aren’t going to be needed for long.
The first Swedish-built 9-3 convertible has come off the production line.
Picture courtesy of Auto Motor and Sport, where you can read about it (in Swedish).
UPDATE – The press release has just come out:
Saab Automobile Produces its First Convertible in Trollhättan
The first Saab Convertible to be built in Sweden rolled off the line at Saab Automobile’s production facility in Trollhättan today. All previous Saab Convertibles have been built outside of Sweden, first at Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland and latterly at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.
During 2009, the decision was made to concentrate all Saab car production in Sweden and as a result the Saab Convertible is now being built alongside the current 9-3 and 9-5 models, plus the next generation 9-5, at Saab’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Trollhättan.
Saab Automobile revealed its first four-seater Convertible as a concept car in 1983 and the production version followed in 1986. Since then, more than 250,000 Convertibles have been produced. Designed as a true four-season, all-weather soft-top, the Saab Convertible has achieved iconic status and in 2008 it accounted for 12% of sales in the European premium mid-sized convertible segment. The latest vision of Saab’s future direction in convertible design, the 9-X Convertible Concept, was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to great media and public acclaim.
And a very nice banner, now in use at Saab Club Netherlands website.