Production is underway again at Trollhättan for the firs time since April 6
27 May 2011

Saab has restarted production at its Trollhättan facility for the first time since April 6.

The troubled Swedish car maker has said production will increase in the next few weeks to clear the backlog of 6500 orders and its supply chain will also be fully reestablished.

Saab's parent firm Spyker, soon to be renamed Swedish Automobile, has had fresh investment from Chinese firm Pang Da that has freed up cash flow to resume day-to-day operations.

The 6500 Trollhättan orders includes 1300 cars ordered by Pang Da for sale in China, which it paid 30 million euro (£26m) for. The firm also has 1600 orders for its new 9-4X crossover that will be built in North America.

"This is a great day for our company and it is great to see the plant running again," said Saab chairman Victor Muller. "We have gone through a rough patch in recent weeks, but Saab is back in action again. I would like to express my deep gratitude to our fantastic suppliers who have worked so hard with us to make this happen, and to our loyal employees who have constantly stood by our side."

The first cars off the production line were an orange 9-3 cabriolet and a silver 9-5 Aero.

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