• Nov 21, 2010
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Saab may been been saved from an untimely death by Spyker, but sales have yet to rebound. According to Reuters, union representative Hakan Skott says the poor sales mean Saab will cut its workforce by 200 jobs, bringing overall employment at its Trollhättan complex from about 1,600 to 1,400. Skott claims this is no surprise, given that Saab's sales forecast was revised downward from 45,000 units to between 30,000 and 35,000 for all of 2010.

Cutting nearly 15 percent of all factory jobs is a serious issue, but Skott feels (hopes?) sales will pick up in February or March. Saab didn't comment on the report, though Spyker CEO Victor Muller reportedly told Dagens Industri that there was "no reason to worry," adding that Saab still intends to build 80,000 vehicles in 2011. Muller added that temporary workers are the ones receiving pink slips.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Saab needs a full on media blitz! Radio, Television, Print Media, and Internet. People still ask if Saab is going to be around, if they found a buyer, if the new 9-5 is out yet. Hell I'd be willing to write most of the ad's myself for crying out loud. For most people the last time they heard of Saab was when the national media announced GM couldn't find a buyer and was closing the brand down. They did no follow up no nothing, so now to most of the buying public Saab is gone.

      I know things will turn around but Saab does need to step up its game and realize that word of mouth is a very very slow process and other steps must be taken to speed up the process.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is very sad news, I hate to see an automotive company cutting jobs. I really like Saab and hope that things will get better for them in the near future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice looking new Saab, but it would be nuts to buy one of those things because the company is likely to go broke leaving orphaned cars with little resale value.

      Only sensible way to "own" a Saab is via a leasing program that would let you walk away from the car after a short time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saab's business plan is fully funded until 2016, even if they sell less cars than they would like to.

        That was part of the agreement to sell Saab to Spyker.

        Many people, like you, for instance, don't know that, which is unfortunate for Saab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well they had to pay for those iPads they're giving to 9-4 client's somehow!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wishful thinking? I hope they do rebound but they need lots of new product to do so. Its a neat brand but it has been down for so long that its customer base may have migrated to other cheaper alternatives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are no cutting jobs, in fact.
      They are not renewing 200 contracts after they expire.
      They simply expected they could renew, in order to setup a second shift at the plant, but the sales don't justify it yet.

      This "lay-off/cutting jobs" talk came from a Swedish tabloid trying to make the news more interesting (and hurting Saab's image in the process, but this is the nature of such newspapers).
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is no surprise SAAB is not renewing contract (temp) jobs at the end of the year. My company is doing the same like many others this time of year. They are simply trying to make the last quarter numbers look as good as possible to end the year as best they can. This is not really news...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Born from jets !! :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The end will justify the means. If SAAB can stay afloat a little while longer, we'll see some amazing products come from this brave brand
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that's what I call a SAAB story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More like born from GMs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SAAB has 200 jobs to cut? Anyone else surprised by that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is a difficult business to be in. Good Luck. I sure enjoyed my SAAB when I had it. I'd like it back.Itwas a fun car to
      drive.I think the Opel Vectra/GM years hurt it alot.
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