Although the situation in Sweden may not be favorable for our favorite car maker, the material would be worth a good script and a dramatic movie, so the Saab sun in China continues to rise. The Chinese majority shareholders of the future, Pang Da and Youngman, are promoting the Saab 9-5 sports car in major Chinese cities.
At the same time, they are looking for a location for the new Saab plant in China. Although the final decision will not be made until the end of August, the media is already reporting that Tianjin is the preferred location.
Tianjin is located near the capital, Beijing, the hotspot of the largest car market in the world. Great Wall will also be producing at the Tianjin site in the future.
Saab Automobile Sweden has meanwhile sent a delegation of production specialists to China who have inspected Youngman's facilities. The Swedish delegation is of the opinion that it would be possible to run new Saab from the Youngman bands with a relatively small amount of change in the future.
From the first cut of the spade it will probably take two years for the first Saab to roll out of the new Chinese plant. The annual capacity of 150.000 automobiles will be in the year. In the meantime, China is being supplied with new Saab from Sweden or from Youngman production.
Good news from the People's Republic, which set an example. The Chinese shareholders have Saab firmly on the plan, that encourages.