Fear not, Saab loyalists: the next-generation 9-3 will remain a Swede.
Officials at GM Europe have confirmed that the 9-3 will continue to be built at Saab’s home plant in Trollhattan, Sweden, birthplace of virtually all previous Saabs (save for the 9-2x and 9-7x).
Initial reports had production of the next 9-3 moving to Ruesselsheim, Germany, home and headquarters of GM’s Opel division.; Albeit polarizing to Saab purists, the move was aimed to consolidate GM’s European manufacturing as much as possible.
Presently, the Trollhattan factory builds only the 9-3 and its re-skinned variant, the Euro-exclusive Cadillac BTS.
As consolation for not building the 9-3, the Russelshiem factory – presently responsible for both the Vectra and Signum – will receive a third shift and a new product.; Although GM won’t comment, the shift may be to add production of the Astra, given that car’s new market here in the U.S.
Source: Automotive News