Yes it’s exciting news for Saab lovers. The new owners of the once beloved carmaker have decided to start the production line moving again with its 9-3 sedan model at its Trollhattan factory in western Sweden, albeit at a “humble” pace.
The entire first batch has been pre-sold to Chinese government agencies but there’s encouraging talk that the established supply chain could sustain an increased capacity.
In case you didn’t know, Saab went bankrupt in December 2011 and was bought by a Chinese-Swedish investment group, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs), last year.
Don’t expect anything too futuristic yet though. The NEVS 9-3 will use the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine (despite the ‘Electric’ in the new owner’s name) as well as the same ‘Epsilon’ 9-3 body (which is virtually prehistoric) for now. Shame.
However the firm is initially making petrol-powered version of the car with the aim of launching an electric version…
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