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Saab News in Spyker 2009 Full Year Results
Friday, 26 March 2010 14:34

There is some interesting Saab news in today's Spyker Cars 2009 Full Year revenue report.

Here are three important paragraphs from Victor Muller (CEO of Spyker, and Chairman of the Board of Saab) regarding Saab, its relationship with Spyker, and the road ahead to profitability:

We are very proud of having saved an iconic brand with very similar origins in the aviation industry. Although Spyker will be less than 0.5% of total sales of the combination and its results will be fairly marginal on the totality, we will definitely not take our eye of the ball and push ahead with Spyker's development unabatedly, but now within the framework of the infinite possibilities created by the infrastructure and resources made available to it through its sister company Saab. State of the art engineering facilities, access to Saab's "parts bin," at prices Spyker would never have been able to achieve as an ultra low volume manufacturer on its own, are now at its disposal. Of no less than 1,100 Saab dealers worldwide, a certain number will start to carry the Spyker brand, thereby massively increasing the Spyker distribution network.

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Newly-Independent Saab Resumes Car Production
Thursday, 25 March 2010 23:59
  • Production resumes at Saab Automobile’s Trollhättan plant
  • First cars manufactured by Saab as an independent company
  • All-new Saab 9-5 sedan was first car down the line
  • Saab CEO, Spyker CEO, and Trollhättan Plant Director in attendance
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Trollhättan, Sweden - The production lines at Saab Automobile's state-of-the-art Trollhättan plant began rolling again today, heralding a new era for the Swedish premium car maker as an independent company. To mark the occasion, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, Spyker Cars CEO Victor Muller and Trollhättan Plant Director Gunnar Brunius took up positions on the line alongside assembly workers as the first batch of cars was built.

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Production at the Trollhättan plant was originally halted for seven weeks. Now, following the purchase of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV, the first cars to be built by Saab as an independent company will soon be delivered to customers.

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Saab Cars North America Announces New Headquarters
Thursday, 25 March 2010 23:37
  • Saab Cars North America to reside in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Company to invest $2.4 million to enhance North American Sales and Marketing Operations
  • Over 2000 jobs to be retained or created over the next few years

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that its headquarters will reside in Royal Oak, Michigan, creating or retaining approximately 2000 jobs in North America. The company will invest $2.4 million to enhance its U.S. Sales and Marketing operations. Saab Automobile AB was recently purchased by the Dutch automobile company, Spyker Cars NV.

"Saab Cars North America appreciates the assistance and cooperation of the City of Royal Oak and the Governor's office in helping make the company’s decision a reality during tough economic times," said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America. "As a direct result in acquiring local and state assistance, we look forward to renewing our U.S. presence as an independent, premium luxury automotive brand with Swedish heritage while maintaining our loyal following and potentially attracting new customers."

 

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GMAC to Provide Financing for Saab Dealers and Customers
Monday, 15 March 2010 00:00
  • GMAC chosen as financial services provider to Saab Automobile
  • Preferred source of wholesale and retail financing for dealers and customers

Trollhättan - Following its successful launch as an independent company, Saab Automobile announced today that it has selected GMAC Financial Services as the preferred provider of wholesale and retail financial services for qualified Saab dealers and customers in many different countries around the world.

Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB said: "Today's announcement is excellent news for the Saab organization as a whole and also for Saab's customers. It not only makes available competitive financing, but also provides valuable continuity for the dealer network which already uses GMAC services."

Bill Muir, GMAC President said: "We are delighted to be able to build on our strong relationships with Saab dealers and customers, and we look forward to working with Saab as it begins a new chapter in its history."

 
Saab Automobile Appoints New Sales Director
Monday, 15 March 2010 00:00
  • Experienced automotive senior executive joins Saab
  • Responsible for Saab’s global sales operations
  • Recruited to optimize sales including three new products in the next 16 months
Adrian Hallmark, Executive Director, Saab Sales

Saab Automobile today announced the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as Executive Director, Sales.

Hallmark joins Saab’s senior management team from Volkswagen, where he was Executive Director of Asia, responsible for operations in 50 markets, including China and Japan. He takes up his new position with immediate effect and will be based at Saab's headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden, where he will report directly to Saab Automobile President and CEO, Jan Åke Jonsson.

Hallmark assumes responsibility for Saab's global sales operations from Knut Simonsson, who retains the position of Executive Director, Brand and Marketing.

 

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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 9-3 Models
Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
  • Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants
  • 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms in April

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the U.S. market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

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Saab Cuts MSRP on 2010 9-3's
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:52

2010 9-3XIf you've been holding off on buying a new 9-3 because you wanted to make sure Saab would still be around to service it, it turns out you may have been doubly-smart. Saab announced that it is cutting the MSRP on 2010 9-3 models by 4 to 12 percent and will begin shipping new cars to dealers (who have been hurting for inventory) this month. The MSRP on the base-model 9-3 now comes in just below $30K, and even the 2010 9-3 Convertible has been discounted more than $2K. This puts pricing in a similar category to Swedish cousin Volvo, whose S40 starts at just under $30K as well.

Current Saab owners or lessees will also get an additional $1K discount on any 2009 or 2010 model. This is on top of already generous incentives of $4K-$8K offered on any leftover 2008 and 2009 models.

So if you've been holding out, it sure looks like NOW is the time to support your local dealers!

 
Pricing Announced on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles
Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants
  • 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms in April

DETROIT – Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the U.S. market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

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