By on July 21, 2011

After spending much of this year not producing vehicles, Saab is anxious to get to work on its 11,000 vehicle backlog of orders, and production was supposed to start on August 9 after workers return from Summer vacation. But a Saab press release reveals that the troubles aren’t over, with short term financing and supplier agreements still to hammer out, and that production won’t resume until August 29 at the earliest. Gunnar Brunius, Vice President of Production and Purchasing explains:

I am positive about the progress we made on the payment terms with our suppliers and it is good to see that we all want to make it work. What we need now is a full commitment on supply of parts into our factory to be able to restart production and secure a stable manufacturing operation. We are now working hard with our suppliers to nail down these plans, commit to a delivery schedule and start building the close to 11,000 cars that we currently have in our order books. The industry-wide summer break at our suppliers caused certain key suppliers not to be able to supply us in time. Saab Automobile hopes to restart production earliest in week 35 provided that it is able to commit to a delivery schedule with its suppliers.

But wait, there is some good news! Saab’s Communications Manager Eric Geers tells GP.se

I can promise one hundred percent to the salaries paid next week. Where the money comes from is not important, the main thing is that we pay [emphasis added]

That kind of sums up the whole Saab situation nicely, doesn’t it?

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12 Comments on “Saab To Stay Shuttered Through August...”


  • avatar
    Zackman

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…huh?…what?…O.K., I’ll roll over…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Repeat of another Deja Deep Voo Doo all over again?

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    why don’t those 11,000 customers just buy one of the 50,000 Saab on the dealer lots already?

    And 11,000 cars is their beacon of hope?… wow, what a great mass car manufacturer this is, almost rivaling Porsche, which wasn’t able to survive on its own.

    I hope the workers use the time to get their resume ready. If they are not writing job applications 24/7, they are morons.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      I thought Porsche could survive as an independent company – it was very profitable. They just got the idea that dabbling in financial transactions and trying to buy VW as the way forward. VW taught them a lesson with the reverse takeover.

      • 0 avatar
        HerrKaLeun

        i think they realized the business model of only having some expensive sports cars has come to an end. Many of their projects in the past were only worthwhile because of cooperation with VW. Since almost every new vehicle kind of was a VW, why not make it official and get married? for example most of the Cayenne is build in a VW factory in Slovakia and then just final assembly in the Porsche plant.

        I think most of their profits came from speculation with money. they were called a “hedge fund that among other things also builds cars”

  • avatar
    gslippy

    August of what year?

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    Where am I going to get parts for my 9-3? The horror….the horror…

  • avatar
    fishiftstick

    The old models were not competitive because they were too similar to their GM platform. The solution was to make the new models more distinctive–which means that if SAAB goes away, goodbye parts bin.
    And let’s face it–even the fanboys think twice before paying 50k for a car that might be worth $20k tomorrow; so the only way to sell new SAABs is at a steep discount–in other words, by losing money on every transaction.
    So the hope now is…what? That a white knight will cover past debts to incur future losses–and then, as a good sport, sink another billion or two into developing a model range wide enough to sustain a manufacturer?
    I have driven and loved SAABs. But it’s time to pull the plug.

  • avatar
    rwb

    I had wondered what was being done with the V10 9-3.

    Thumbs up indeed.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    I expected this would happen.

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