Some Djup Strupes hear parts of a story and pass it on, and without hearing the whole thing, or through fragments of memory, it’s sometimes fair enough to say that bits of a story can get mixed up. Solely through limited access to all of the facts, you’d have to say that some Djup Strupes are more reliable than others.
I’ve just received word through from one of the most reliable members of the Djup Strupe collective that there is – Don’t bet your house on a Saab 9-1 concept being shown in London next year.
Don’t even bet a dollar unless you’ve got a dollar you want to lose.
I also contacted Saab for an official response to the story in Autocar magazine and the official response was as follows:
Yes, we can confirm that we have a small Saab in our plans. It is to be built in Trollhattan alongside other GM compact cars. At this moment of time we have no further comments
…an answer I could have almost written from memory based on previous enquiries 🙂
ctm has posted through some other snippets from Sweden.
Jan-Ake Jonsson recently mentioned plans to downsize the workforce at Trollhattan. When the 9-3 and 9-5 move to Russelsheim it’s envisaged that the plant will be bigger than it needs to be for forecasted production, hence the cuts.
Today’s news involves a response to that and was written up in TTELA (in Swedish). ctm’s quick summary:
The unions have (as promised) presented their alternative on how to do it. Seem to be a decent proposal. Carl-Peter Forster, President GM Europe, and Eric Sevens, Vice President Manufacturing, have shown some interest and will take a look a it.
I’ll back the workers. Stick to your guns, lads!
And in other Swedish news from ctm….a quick summary from a story in NyTeknik
GM Powertrain in Trollhättan need at least 100 new engineers.
Mission: to develop new fuel efficient gearboxes. Today about 100 engineers work in Trollhättan with the development of transmissions and they need to double that.
Something I didn’t know: Trollhättan seems to be the global center for developing at least manual transmissions for GM (even though this article states they manage all work on both automatic and manual transmissions). As we have heard before, Trollhättan is also center for some hybrid work, for vehicle telemetry, for safety, and for production technology (and turbocharging and XWD for transverse engines- SW). Seems pretty important to me. Production is easy to move around, but development works is very dependent on skilled research engineers and tradition and takes time to build up.
Is there anything Saab and the beautiful minds at Trollhattan aren’t taking responsibility for at GM nowadays?
And finally – Trollhattan has a
hockey ‘bandy’ team. And they’re called Gripen!!
They won their first match of the season last night, apparently. Go you good thing!!
Maybe this could become an extra bit of weekly reportage!