There were a few questions asked in my previous post about the 9-3, as to how Saab could possibly make up to 4 different body styles of a new 9-3 on the production line as well as the Saab 9-5.
Saab has one of the most efficient and flexible automotive plants in the world and are currently producing a variety of vehicles on the one production line.
This year, Saab brought the 9-3 Convertible to Trollhattan from it’s previous place of manufacture in Graz, Austria. The addition of the Saab 9-3 Convertible meant that all three body styles of the 9-3 range were being produced on the line – sedan, wagon and convertible.
That’s three model lines and it wouldn’t be too hard to add a coupe/hatch to that mix in the future.
That’s not all, though.
Saab are now producing the new Saab 9-5 on the same production line, in addition to the 9-3. Right now, it’s just the sedan but they will add the wagon to that production schedule later on.
So some time in the near future you’ll have the following models all being produced on the same line at the Saab factory:
- Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan
- Saab 9-3 Sportcombi (incl 9-3x)
- Saab 9-3 Convertible
- Saab 9-5 sedan
- Saab 9-5 wagon.
If they can squeeze out a fourth body style in the next generation of the Saab 9-3 then it shouldn’t be that much trouble to add it to the production line.
A complete extra model line like a Saab 92 (small vehicle) might be a different story, but then Saab’s got the physical space for another line if needed.