Saab 9-3 Production Resumes


  • Saab 9-3 Picture

    Saab 9-3 Picture

    Saab is back on track as production of the Saab 9-3 kicked off on Monday. | December 02, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • National Electric Vehicle Sweden said it restarted production of the Saab 9-3 sedan at its plant in Trollhattan, Sweden on Monday.
  • The firm will initially make a gas-powered version of the 9-3, followed by an electric version in 2014.
  • The car will be sold in Europe and China at first, with U.S. sales possible later.

TROLLHATTAN, Sweden — National Electric Vehicle Sweden said it restarted production of the Saab 9-3 sedan at its plant in Trollhattan, Sweden on Monday.

The firm will initially make a gas-powered version of the 9-3, followed by an electric version in 2014.

The car will be sold in Europe and China at first, with U.S. sales possible later.

"The 9-3 platform will be replaced by a new platform where the Phoenix architecture is one of the assets which will be put to use," the company said.

The Phoenix architecture, which originally contained parts sourced from GM, will be modified.

Saab filed for bankruptcy in December 2011 and was bought by a Chinese-Swedish investment group, National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS, last year.

"Development work for the first electric vehicle is in progress, and launch is planned for early 2014," said a statement on the company's Web Site. "The initial EV model is based on Saab 9-3 technologies, enhanced and modified for electric drive."

NEVS did not disclose production numbers for the 9-3, but volume is expected to be modest to start.

Edmunds says: The official restart of Saab 9-3 production is a major milestone in the rebirth of the brand.

Comments

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    Shock and awe (mainly the former)!

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    I am glad to see SAAB alive and kicking. I am now hoping they will have the capital to return to the USA eventually with a 9-2 and /or 9-1 as well as an updated 9-3.

  • marmotking marmotking Posts:

    Phoenix indeed! My first Saab was in '74, and there is a NG900 Turbo in the garage right now, so a long time fan. Not necessarily great cars, but cars with great character. After rooting for Saab's resurrection for a couple years I'd given up, and am pleased (and surprised) to find that they weren't quite dead after all. Too bad the Spyker deal didn't work out, the products of that marriage might have been very interesting.

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