Saab's parent company General Motors has allocated production of the next generation 9-3 to the Trollhattan plant in Sweden. Today, the Saab staff was informed of this decision by GM Europe President and Chairman of the Saab Board Carl-Peter Forster.
"This is obviously extremely positive news for our organization and the region, and a clear signal of the confidence in our ability to deliver world class production quality and efficiency" said Saab Automobile AB Managing Director Jan Ake Jonsson.
"Since Trollhattan had been allocated production of the next generation global GM Compact Vehicles in April of 2007, it's really good to know we can start focusing on building a range of next generation Saab 9-3 vehicles".
To achieve leading competitiveness, the Trollhattan plant has introduced the GM Global Manufacturing System with strict standards related to quality, involvement of the employees, continuous improvement and short lead time in the production process.
Trollhattan is located in Southwest Sweden and has been home to Saab's automobile manufacturing since its very first car, the 92, rolled off the line in 1949. Today, approximately 1,700 employees are involved in producing the current generation Saab 9-3 and 9-5.