Saab's new owner -- National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) -- has produced two Saab 9-3 test cars at the brand's Trollhattan site in Sweden. The Saab 9-3s are the first vehicles to be rolled out from the Trollhattan production line since that site was shut down in April 2011. Saab went on to file for bankruptcy eight months later.
According to NEVS, the 9-3 test cars are mainly intended to assist in calibrating production line systems and to test new components ahead of full production. Mattias Bergman, acting president of NEVS, said in a statement, that before their decision to commence production of Saab cars, they need to “finalize a few remaining dialogues to build partnerships with suppliers.”
He said that they now know that the Trollhattan site is ready for production. NEVS is planning to commence production of the turbocharged 9-3 later this year. Mikael Oestlund, a spokesman for NEVS, told Automotive News Europe that the new 9-3 will be very similar to the last Saab built in 2011.
NEVS is also planning to build an electric variant of the 9-3 in 2014, featuring a new face-lifted exterior. Future Saab cars will no longer bear the griffin head badge after NEVS failed to acquire the rights to use the badge when it bought the carmaker out of bankruptcy last August.