Great news for all Saab fans. The Swedish automaker is back in business and has officially started production of the 2014 9-3 Aero.
The 2014 9-3 Aero sedan looks identical to the facelifted 9-3 that was introduced in 2011 and the only real difference is the lack of griffin logos, which are owned by Scania and Saab Group.
Saab was bought out of bankruptcy last August by a Japanese and Chinese consortium called National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS).
“It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years. It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to and will make a difference with our partners and customers. Our electric car will be launched next year, and already today we can offer Saab cars with continued high, proven performance and quality”, said National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB President Mattias Bergman.
The car that is currently produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero with a 220bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo.
Sales are initially focused in China with a small number of vehicles being sold directly from Nevs to Swedish customers via the Nevs’ website. Prices start from 279 000 SEK (£26,000).
The production rate will be very modest at first to ensure quality and will be about ten cars a week initially, and then gradually the pace will be increased to meet customers’ demand.
The electric car based on the Saab 9-3 will be launched in spring 2014.
Lets hope the new owner has enough time and resources and we can see something all-new from Saab in the near future. The 9-3 is a nice car, but clearly needs a replacement.