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.
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.