Trollhattan, Sweden – Saab has resumed vehicle production, with an all-new 9-5 sedan marking the first vehicle made by the newly independent company.

Production at the plant was originally halted for seven weeks as ownership of the firm passed from General Motors to Spyker Cars.

“Today’s resumption of production is a milestone in the history of our company,” said Jan Ake Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile, who stood at the assembly line as the first cars were built. “We are up and running as an independent manufacturer and I am delighted to share the experience on the line alongside our workforce. They have shown tremendous commitment to the company and we are all now focused on ramping up production to meet consumer demand.”

The first 9-5 sedan is destined to join a test fleet prior to the model’s official launch later this year. Also produced as a Saab convertible, which is also now being produced in Trollhattan as part of the concentration of Saab operations in Sweden. With the introduction of the new 9-5 SportCombi next year, a total of five model lines will be produced at the plant.

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