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Saab 9-3 Sedan Comes Back Into Production

Saab 9-3 Sedan Comes Back Into Production

Saab 9-3 Sedan Comes Back Into Production
December 09
09:11 2013

The legendary Swedish automaker is officially reborn: the first Saab 9-3 sedans just rolled down the factory lines. The car is very much similar to the ‘old’ Saab 9-3, only a few GM parts have been replaced. The first cars are bound towards China, although Swedish customers can also buy new Saabs. For now, there is no plan to sell the car in the rest of the Europe, or the United States.

The new Saab 9-3 Sedan has a 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the bonnet, and its setup is similar to the former Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan. Next year, an electric model will join the range. For now, there are no plans for the production of the Biopower or XWD all-wheel-drive models.

Most components of the Saab 9-3 Sedan are identical to the pre-bankruptcy car. However, the design was slightly modified, a number of non-GM parts have been included, and also there is a new anti-whiplash seat system. Initially the production rate will be modest: the factory will produce only about ten cars a week, to ensure the quality and the supply chain functions.

Saab’s parent company, the National Electric Vehicle Sweden plans to sell the Saab 9-3 Sedan mainly in China. Nevs’ partner, the Chinese Qingdao already placed an order for 200 electric cars. The manufacturer will start delivering the cars in spring 2014. Saabs will be also available for sale on Nevs’ website, with a price of 279 000 SEK with manual transmission and 289 000 with automatic transmission, about 10 percent lower than the price tag of Saab 9-3 Sedan two years ago.

“I am very proud of the dedication and the focus that NEVS management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan, and who have made this possible. Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group’s focus on green technology is our strength for the future,” said Kai Johan Jiang, the founder of Saab’s parent company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden.

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