Sales of the Saab 9-3 will be initially focused on China

Article by Anita Panait, on December 4, 2013

National Electric Vehicle Sweden has commenced the series production of the Saab 9-3 mid-sized sedan at its Trollhattan site in Sweden, with sales to be ''initially focused'' in China. In a statement, NEVS said that production of the Saab 9-3 Aero sedan featuring a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine will be ''very modest'' with output initially placed at around 10 cars a week.

NEVS said that a small number of units will be sold directly to Swedish customers through its Web site starting next week. The 9-3 Aero, which looks similar to the last production 9-3 produced at Trollhattan in 2011, will have a starting price of SEK279,000 ($42,600).

Mattias Bergman, NEVS president, said in the statement that to begin a car production process that had been stagnant for two-and-a-half years is “a complex mission.”

The last Saab vehicles had rolled off the production line in April 2011, when the carmaker was still owned by Spyker. In December the same year, Saab filed for bankruptcy. NEVS bought Saab out of bankruptcy in August 2013. NEVS was able to start production after inking a deal with 400 parts suppliers to produce the 9-3.

Service and parts distribution for the sedans will be provided in partnership with Orio, formerly known as Saab Automotive Parts. NEVS plans to start production of an electric version of the 9-3 in 2014, targeting China as its initial market. NEVS has to modify Saab’s Phoenix platform to remove the 20 percent of parts sourced from former owner General Motors.

Topics: saab, saab 9-3, china, sales

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

More positive news has been pouring in before the year ends. For those who have been waiting to hear the latest word on Toyota 86, we have some great news....
by - December 10, 2016
Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one...
by - December 9, 2016
Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s...
by - December 9, 2016
For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it...
by - December 9, 2016
Chevrolet has already given out the pricing for some of its 2018 Equinox models. Not only will the new Equinox be available in both the US and Canada, it is...
by - December 9, 2016
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