After a hundred will-it/won't it questions, the day many thought would never happen, has seen Saab motor cars rolling off the Trollhattan lines.

Saab is up and running with a vengeance again after extraordinary efforts by its charismatic CEO Victor Muller, who bestrode the world looking for suitable suitors and has plumped for Chinese distributor, Pang Da.

You've got to have some admiration for Muller. Like a boxer repeatedly knocked to the canvas, he has dusted himself down again and again and lived to fight another day, even after the disappointment of the Hawtai deal.

Written off countless times, Muller has responded by pulling a rabbit out of the hat and persuading Pang Da to part with some hard-earned Yuan and put its money where its mouth is.

Footage of Saabs proudly rolling out of Trollhattan this morning prove Muller's midas touch has worked - for now.

However, his workforce is understandably more cautious about future prospects. His production and purchasing VP Gunnar Brunius said: "We have been working very hard together with our suppliers and supply network. I met one person from the paint shop and she told me it is really fantastic, but I said it will be a tough journey. There are a lot of tough challenges in the next few weeks."

Key word in that is "suppliers." The component chain seems to have been the trigger that stopped the lorries trundling into Trollhattan in the first place.

Some pretty hard words were said by the Scandinavian suppliers body as well as its counterparts at European level in Brussels, but Saab, maybe Muller personally?, seems to have smoothed ruffled feathers and presumably paid off debts.

Saab must also have convinced its 800 or so direct suppliers that bills will be paid in future - has Pang Da been part of those negotiations?

The first cars to roll in several weeks is good news - not least for the nigh-on 4,000 workers and their families - but the proof will be in the pudding.

Lurking as ever in the background remains the austere European Investment Bank, which still has not managed to pronounce anything concrete about future ownership structure at Saab.

But today is a day many thought they'd never see and cynicism aside, Saab continues to enjoy a vast reservoir of goodwill that other automakers can only sit back and envy.

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