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The first Saab 9-4X crossover to be commercially produced has now rolled off the assembly line in Mexico.

Saab Automobile President & CEO Jan Åke Jonsson were on hand to see regular production begin, only three months after the 9-4X was unveiled last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Jonsson was joined by Executive Director Vehicle Lines, Anders Svensson, and 9-4X Product Manager, Mikael Jacobsson.

The first vehicle - chassis number 00001 - an Ice Pearl metallic Aero model with a 2.8V6 turbo engine, is set for a media test drive event in America before being shipped to Sweden for display at the Saab car museum.

Speaking of the release, Jonsson said: “This is a great day for Saab.”

“The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in the fulfillment of our business plan.

“This sporty and distinctive product will significantly broaden the appeal of our brand and give us access to an important new vehicle segment that is still growing, particularly in the United States.”

The car features Saab’s advanced XWD all-wheel-drive system and adaptive chassis control.

The 9-4X is due to go on sale in the United States in May with UK sales starting in late 2011 and Europe and other world markets scheduled to begin in August.