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SAAB Automobile’s future in Sweden bleaker

Published torsdag 23 september 2004 kl 16.15

Time is running out for Sweden’s iconic carmaker SAAB.

SAAB’s owner American, General Motors had given early 2005 as the date for an eventual decision on the future site for GMs consolidated production for all medium sized cars in Europe but the company now says they want to make their choice this November.

The bad news came when European head of SAABs owner General Motors has said that the SAAB factory in Trollhättan in Sweden’s southwest is not favourite to be chosen for the site. 

Such a decision could mean the loss of some 6300 jobs in Sweden when all future production of GMs medium sized cars is instead concentrated in GMs German subsidiary OPEL.

Unions representing workers in both Germany and Sweden had declared solidarity and demanded General Motors preserve both manufacturing hubs

But it has come to light that the German union has now given up that demand agreeing with G.M plan to consolidate production to one location in Europe.

The company reiterated this morning that no decision has been made, but rumour and intrigue are on high as top industry figures and media gather in France for the biennial Paris motor show.  

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