Another day at Saab and yet more twists and turns in the story that has had more than its fair share of them. 

First, the company announces it has secured an order for 582 cars from an unnamed Chinese company that should allow it to pay staff their June wages and possibly some suppliers as well.

Then, two of its major union representatives at board level abruptly resign their posts, with one citing "personal reasons" to just-auto today (27 June) and the other widely quoted as leaving on the same basis.

Saab is remaining resolutely tight-lipped when it comes to the identity of the mystery Chinese buyer that appears to have thrown a lifebelt - for now at least - to Saab's 4,000-odd staff.

But 582 cars? That's a very precise number but its EUR13m (US$18.5m) is against future orders. If Saab does eventually fail - and the CEO of European Suppliers Association CLEPA Lars Holmqvist is calling for the automaker to voluntarily declare itself bankrupt - is that money simply down the drain?

If this Chinese company is separate to the existing potential investors of Chinese distributor Pang Da and manufacturer Youngman, why the coyness and why the small order?

Should much also be read into the two union departures from the board? For both major Saab board representatives to step down virtually at the same time has occasioned significant discussion, but is yet another development in the saga that shows no sign of real progress.

A spokesman for IF Metall in Sweden told just-auto today that despite the board level resignations, union activity would still go on and indeed fellow labour body Unionen whose board member also resigned, has held several meetings already today in Trollhättan.

But it can't exactly be a boost for morale to the already beleaguered workforce to see their top representatives walk away from the board.

The resignations may be no more than symbolic. But everything that happens at Saab at the moment is symbolic, every nuance and gesture is minutely analysed for signs of hope or despair.

Despite today's developments, IF Metall at least remains defiantly optimistic. "We still believe in the company," union research officer Aleksander Zuza told just-auto, although adding for good measure: "It is quite difficult right now.

"You can never lose hope when it comes to Saab - they have nine lives - you don't know how many they need - some say 11."

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