Saab 9-3 production will resume later this year

Article by Christian A., on January 18, 2013

Production of the Saab 9-3 will resume later this year while an electric version will follow in 2014, according to National Electric Vehicles Sweden, the owner of the Saab brand. However, these cars will be produced in China instead of at Saab’s Trollhattan factory, as part of the modification in NEVS’s initial plan.

NEVS has inked an agreement with a Chinese investment company to produce cars in Qingdao. The city’s government has acquired a 22% share in the company. Chinese media said that under the deal, both electric and conventionally-powered cars will be built. NEVS owns the rights to build the last Saab 9-3, as well as the electric ePower version that never started production.

In addition, it has the right to use the Saab name. NEVS had originally set out to build Saab units only at Trollhattan. China’s government hopes that half a million electric vehicles will be seen on the streets within two years so there’s a big potential for electric Saabs. The problem is that the 9-3 is aging and it is also the only model NVS has.

It may not be enough for the company to stay afloat. Even with the government’s plans, China actually doesn’t have the right infrastructure to sustain numerous electric cars. New agreements between local investors and foreign companies need a long and complicated state approval that may take up to 18 months. Because of this reason alone, it would appear impossible for production to begin this year.

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Lamborghini has disclosed that it is looking into the possibility of releasing electric vehicles. With the Volkswagen Group revealing that it will be releasing electric vehicles within several years, there...
by - March 25, 2017
Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch...
by - March 25, 2017
Lamborghini has officially offered clear proof that the Huracán Performante was able to set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:52.01 It was in early...
by - March 25, 2017
Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is...
by - March 24, 2017
Porsche is laying aside any plans of pushing another hybrid hypercar into their line-up -- at least not at this time. Oliver Blume, Porsche Global Chief confirmed in a recent...
by - March 24, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries