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

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

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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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.”

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

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.

Read the entire article This is the 2014 Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan

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.

Read the entire article NEVS to start output of Saab 9-3 today

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.

Read the entire article NEVS built 2 Saab 9-3 test cars in Trollhattan, Sweden plant

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.

Read the entire article Saab 9-3 production will resume later this year

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.

Read the entire article Next-generation Saab 9-3 sedan may have a different name

The Saab 9-5 Sedan was named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as one of its latest group of vehicles that got the Top Safety Pick Award this year. In fact, this model also took the highest rating, five stars, in the crash tests done by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

What the IIHS determined was that the 9-5 Sedan meets its strict safety requirements. It earned the highest rating in all four test categories and it features ESP.

Tests for front impact (offset) and side impact crashes are included in the categories it was tested for. To evaluate protection against whiplash injuries and to test the roof structure in the event that it rolls over, IIHS checked the seat/head restraints by simulating rear impact.

Read the entire article 2011 Saab 9-5 gets the Top Safety Pick Award from IIHS

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

In celebration of the 9-5 range, Saab is giving classic 9-5 owners the chance to revitalize their car at the same time as its launching of its most advanced car to date, the all-new Saab 9-5 Saloon, and as the arrival of the 9-5 SportWagon is expected later in 2011. The Saab 9-5 accessories promotion, which is available for 9-5 models dating back as far as 1998, will include body kits, engine tuning kits, alloy wheels, cargo items and more at great prices.

Saab vehicles as old as 13 years, known for their durability and longevity, are just as reliable as the current models.

Every Saab 9-5, whatever the age, can benefit from an investment in updated accessories. All 9-5 accessories (designed for optimum quality, functionality and performance) are genuine Saab parts and prices include fitting where needed.

Read the entire article Saab gives you the chance to upgrade your classic 9-5

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.

Read the entire article 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin: official details, photos and specs

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.

Read the entire article 2011 Saab 9-3 Independence Edition marks firm’s freedom

Saab revealed today the all-new 2011 9-5 SportWagon and announced that the new car will make its official debut in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. According to the manufacturer, the new car will feature an adaptable multi-fold floor, flexible U-rail load space configuration and under-floor stowage with a sealed wet storage compartment, while a programmable powered tailgate is available. As expected, the new model will offer the same engines as the sedan.

Moreover, the vehicle will offer Saab’s industry-leading XWD all-wheel-drive system and advanced features like Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control (late 2012), Bi-Xenon SmartBeam adaptive lighting, keyless entry and starting, tri-zone air conditioning and a Head-up Display which projects information, aircraft-style in the windshield.

Regarding the design, the 9-5 SportWagon shares the same front styling with the sedan model, but the rear end is extended by a deep rear spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. Furthermore, the new ultra-slim roof rails blend into the car’s svelte silhouette.

Read the entire article 2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Saab 9-5 SportWagon shows its rear end

After reports that the new 9-5 saloon was poorly received by a car magazine, Saab now aims to upgrade it and will start with instrument panel and other cabin parts by the summer. Saab is making the changes so that it can compete more closely with rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

According to Saab's global product boss Christopher McKinnon, the company is undertaking the improvements in response to criticisms from What Car? of its ride and handling.

The quality of parts is being improved as part of a top-to-bottom reassessment of the hundreds of component suppliers that stemmed from when Saab was still owned by General Motors.

Read the entire article Saab already working on improvements for its new 9-5 saloon

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.

Read the entire article 2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Saab 9-3 ePower

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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