Last Saab 9-5 Rolls Off the Production Line
Things are looking better now that Saab and its new owner Spyker formed a new entity called Saab Spyker Automobiles, "which will carry the Saab brand forward." And indeed they are leaving the past behind as the Saab 9-5, one of the oldest cars on the European market, has ceased production. The car has been around since 1997 and only suffered one serious overhauling in its 13-year of existence.
The last Saab 9-5 rolled off the production line at the Trollhattan plant in Sweden today. The car, a 9-5 SportKombi, was donated to the Saab Museum. Production of the sedan version actually ended back in July 2008.
In its 13 year history, the 9-5 model was produced in 483,593 sedans and wagons. This might seem like a lot, but it’s actually not that much considering that the previous Saab 9000 model managed to sell 503,000 units.
Though European production of the 9-5 stopped, this does not mean it’s the end. All the equipments and the rights for this car and the 9-3 have been sold to Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. So everything will go on a ship and the cars will re-enter production in China under a different name. The new 2010 Saab 9-5 will enter production in a few weeks. The 2010 9-5 model will start selling at the middle of this year.