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NEVS presents new (Saab) 9-3 Series Concept in China

NEVS has recently released photos of its updated 9-3 Series, and guess what? It is now powered by an all-electric powertrain, which means that it’s another candidate to look out for in the EV segment.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS, in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area, recently announced the launching of its new car-sharing and ride hailing program which will be run in Tianjin, a Chinese metropolis with an estimated 15 million population. The program will allow customers to access this new lineup of 9-3 EV series, providing both the vehicle as well as the mobility services (delivery of the vehicle).

The Swiss company is also planning to release two other models which include the classic four-door saloon and a jacked-up wagon version, the 9-3X EV.

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NEVS unveils the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle (EV)

Although some reports were saying that Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) was facing financial difficulties, the company surprised us all when it unveiled the 9-3 electric vehicle. The vehicle you see in the photos is based on the Saab 9-3 and uses an electric motor that generates 140 hp (100 kW) which takes its energy from the lithium-ion battery pack produced by Beijing National Battery Technology.

The prototype vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10 seconds and offers a top speed of 120 km/h or 74.5 mph. What is more interesting is that the vehicle has a range of almost 200 km (124 miles), which is considerably more than most of the electric vehicles found on the market, except the Tesla Model S of course.

As expected, the 9-3 EV is in fact a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan and the batteries are located under the floor, which means that the vehicle retains its interior space and luggage compartment.

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GM is recalling 28,789 Saab 9-3 convertibles in the US

General Motors has issued a recall of 28,789 MY2004-2011 Saab 9-3 convertibles in the United States over a seat belt issue that had covered sedan models. GM was Saab’s previous owner from 2000 to 2010. GM disclosed that the automatic tensioning cable in the drivers’ side seat-belt retractor could break, which may render the seat belt to fail to retract.

GM said in a statement that it has no knowledge of crashes or injuries linked to the issue. GM likewise announced that passenger-side seat belt retractors in the 9-3 convertible will be covered under warranty over the unit’s lifetime if they need replacing.

GM has recalled the Saab 9-3 sedan twice in the US over a similar issue, covering 9,322 cars in 2004 and 14,126 cars in 2010. The convertible, however, wasn’t part of the recall. GM noted that while the convertibles and sedans were probed at the same time, the convertible parts were not identical to the sedan parts.

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

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.”

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As you may know already NEVS started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan on Monday and already announced that the car will be first sold in China, but a small number of vehicles will be sold so Swedish customers via its website. According to the National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS), the car that is produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo rated at 220 hp.

In order to ensure a solid ownership experience NEVS intends to offer service and parts distribution in partnership with Orio AB (formerly known as Saab Automobile Parts AB). An electric car based on the Saab 9-3 will also be launched in spring 2014 and as expected, China will get it first. Nevs’ partner and part owner Qingdao placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 electric cars.

The petrol-powered 2014 Saab 9-3 will go on sale in Sweden on December 10 at a price of 279 000 SEK ($42,800) with manual transmission and 289 000 SEK ($44,100) with automatic transmission.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) will commence series production of the Saab 9-3 mid-sized sedan at its Trollhattan site on Dec. 3, 2013 -- almost two years since the carmaker was forced to file for bankruptcy. The last Saab cars rolled off the production line in April 2011. Saab -- then owned by Spyker NV -- filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 19, 2011.

The move was confirmed by NEVS spokesman Mikael Oestlund to Automotive News Europe. He added that initial output would be at a "humble" pace with the possibility to raise the volume over time. More details will be provided on Monday.

NEVS bought Saab out of bankruptcy in August 2013. NEVS was able to restart production after it inked an agreement with parts suppliers, according to Oestlund.

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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.

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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.

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When the next generation Saab 9-3 sedan makes its debut in the first quarter of 2013, there’s a “chance” that it will have a different name, according to Tim Colbeck, president of Saab Cars North America. He said that instead, the name of the 9-3 successor will take inspiration from Saab’s heritage. He clarified though that nothing has been decided.

He added that the next-generation 9-3 will start to sell in the first quarter of 2013 and it will be an "edgy" reinterpretation of design cues that have been used by Saab in the past.

He didn’t provide specific details. Another project that Saab is working on after receiving funds from investors is the successor to the Saab 9-2 built from the late 1940s until the middle of the 1950s.

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Instead of adopting and updating the current 9-3 platform for its next generation of models, Saab has decided to come up with a completely new architecture and components that could be stretched from a 4.2m long ‘9-2’ to a 5.5m-long ‘9-7’, according to Autocar sources in Trollhattan.

But insiders say that even with the announcement of this costlier and ‘future-proof’ approach, there are currently concrete plans only for the new 9-3 and replacements for the 9-5 and 9-4x.

A different structure is required for a ‘9-1’ that will rival the Mini. The ‘Phoenix’ architecture will feature a unique McPherson strut design and a new ‘race-car style’ five-link rear axle which supplier ZF will build at a new factory in Sweden.

Read the entire article Saab drops 9-3 platform, will develop new modular chassis

The prices and specifications for the new and improved 2012 Saab model year 9-3 model range have been announced by Saab GB, the official importer for the UK market. This range, which starts selling next month, is offered in two trim levels: SE and Aero. Both feature automatic dimming mirrors inside and outside the vehicle and offer electric folding mirrors and automatic rain sensor wipers as standard.

This means that the buyer gets to save £400. All the model year upgrades receive interior and exterior enhancements, raised standard specification, powerful twin turbo diesel and petrol engines, reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. As a result, the 9-3 range has become even more appealing.

In a release, Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB, said that he is confident that the 9-3 range will be very successful in the UK as it will be attractive to motorists who want a vehicle that offers high performance, low emissions, and high levels of standard equipment and competitive pricing.

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The 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin was unveiled today featuring a refreshed exterior and interior styling and, as expected, a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine range. As expected, the 9-3 Griffin range replaces the current Sport Sedan, SportCombi, Convertible and 9-3X specifications and comes with new front bumpers, signature Saab ‘ice block’ headlamps and a Griffin badge on the front fenders.

Moreover, the front grille is more prominent and features a wing-shaped central bar carrying the SAAB wordmark, again like the 9-5 sedan. The front bumper features deep, trapezoidal air intake finished with black (a mesh insert on Aero variants), while the fog lamps are fitted as standard and a Griffin emblem, derived from the heraldic Saab badge.

The rear end the Saab wordmark replaces the badging on the chrome trim and all Sport Sedan variants receive a trunk-mounted spoiler. 16-inch wheels are now available as standard, while Aero variants and XWD variants receive 17-inch wheels.

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In order to celebrate the first anniversary of its independence, Saab unveiled today the 2011 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition. As expected, the new car will be built in a limited edition of just 366 units, one of each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

The car was unveiled at firm’s assembly plant in Trollhättan, features a unique Amber Orange metallic paint finish and it is based on the top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification.

Some of the features seen on these special edition are: five spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish, orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox, driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge, orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping.

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With Saab’s introduction of its first electric vehicle, the 9-3 ePower prototype, the company is said to be entering a new era.The new car made its debut today at the Paris Motor Show and comes equipped with an electric unit that produces 135 kW of power (184 hp), powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

A full charge using a standard household outlet can be achieved in less than six hours. The vehicle can be driven for 124 miles (200 km) on a single charge.

It can accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 8.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). For now, Saab doesn’t intend to put the 9-3 ePower into production.

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Saab Automobile revealed today the Saab 9-3 ePower, firm’s first all-electric vehicle, which will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The new car is a prototype and will be produced in a limited edition of just 70 vehicles which will participate in extensive field trials in Sweden early next year. Under the hood, we find an electric motor capable to deliver an impressive 184 hp.

With this amount of power, the car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.9 seconds and has a top speed of 93 mph or 150 km/h.

The compact yet powerful 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack if mounted in a modified floor-pan, in a space occupied by the exhaust system and fuel tank on the standard 9-3 SportWagon, which means that the car has a lower center of gravity and better stability.

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After an 18-month development program that focused on achieving an average 12% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Saab engineers are now able to offer class-leading diesel performance figures for model year 2011. For instance, the 9-3 Sport Sedan’s 180 hp 1.9 TTiD unit emits only 119 g/km of CO2 and has a combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km.

The SportCombi returns 4.6 l/100km and emits 122 g/km while the 9-3 Convertible, available with the 160 and 180 hp engines, has 5.1 l/100km and 134 g/km. According to a company statement, a slightly taller final drive was installed to the transmission of the Sport Sedan and SportCombi to optimize emissions and fuel consumption.

This was designed in such a way as to not affect the top speed or the standing start acceleration. The company also stated that the shorter final drive ratio is retained for the Convertible.

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Hirsch, the Swiss tuner, has made a whole body kit in carbon for the Saab 9-3 Aero sedan, convertible, and SportCombi. They enlisted the assistance of Saab's aerodynamicist Hakan Danielsson and his team together with Taras Czornyj, who was the lead exterior designer on the 9-3 SportCombi, to do the best job of enhancing aerodynamics, lowering drag, and making the car appear good.

The result was that at the front were a 3-piece upper mesh grill, a bigger front spoiler with incorporated splitters, and a lower mesh grill that boost airflow to the intercooler.

Formed side skirts lead the way to a rear diffuser and a bigger rear spoiler on the sedan and convertible. Hirsch created a hatch spoiler appropriate for the WRC for the SportCombi.

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If Spyker Cars NV does succeed in purchasing Saab from General Motors Co., it's expected that Saab will be rebuilt around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models, according to Spyker CEO Victor Muller who spoke with AOL Autos.

On the other hand, plans for a Saab 9-1 entry-level car would be put on hold. Under Spyker's ownership, Saab's headquarters, engineering and production will remain in Trollhattan, Sweden.

This facility will produce all Saab cars except the 9-4X, which will be made in GM's assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Muller added that Saab will be launching the new 9-5 sedan this spring. Meanwhile, the 9-4X crossover, which shares mechanicals with the Cadillac SRX, would be introduced late next year or early in 2011.

Read the entire article If will buy Saab, Spyker will rebuild it around the 9-3, 9-5 and 9-4X models

A 7% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is now offered in diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Convertibles. What the carmaker would like to emphasize is that there is no noticeable loss in performance.

The change is due in part to Saab's ongoing EcoPower Technology development strategy, which concentrates on optimizing efficiency and minimizing the environmental impact of its products.

The low emission diesel variants with the 150 hp/110 kW, single turbo 1.9-liter engine can generate 145 g/km CO2and fuel consumption of only 5.5 l/100 km over the combined cycle. Cars that have the 180 hp/132 kW, two-stage turbo power results to 144 g/km and 5.4 l/100 km. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h and top speed are largely unchanged. However, fifth gear 80-120 km/h times are raised by less than one second.

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The Saab 9-3X, which comes with an off-road capability minus the gas-guzzling quality of a regular SUV, is schedule to showcase at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It is basically a current-generation 9-3 SportCombi riding on 35mm raised suspension, which is 20mm higher on the FWD diesel variant. Highlights include new front and rear bumpers with a dark grey, grained paint finish.

The side sills and edges of the wheel arches are also finished in the same protective paint. Complimenting this finishing treatment are skid panels with matte aluminum finish, curving toward the door opening at the back and receiving a wing shape in the lip of the bumper at the front. The lower door strips come in matching aluminum-color and the same finish for the roof rails. Further details consist of dual exhaust tailpipes, fog lights, and five-spoke 17-inch alloys.

In the interior, the car features special trim, with additional dark metallic finish to the door trims, gearbox surround and glove compartment. The sport seats come with grey fabric inserts in black leather upholstery. In the rear comes split fold seating which provides a maximum of 1,287 liters of storage space.

Read the entire article Saab 9-3X revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show