The Saab name is set to be alive again as the new owners plan to re-start sales of the brand in 2014. Saab’s new owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) will debut an all-electric vehicle based on the Saab 9-3 platform in 18 months. It will start sales in China, we hear.
After the re-launch of the 9-3-derived car as an EV, the company will work on finishing development of an electric-powered vehicle on the so-called Phoenix platform.
The 9-3-platform vehicle will sport a redesigned interior and exterior. Further, the 9-3-derived model will be launched in gas-powered form next year as an attempt to enhance the cash flow and ensure that consumers didn’t forget about the brand.
Not only that, NEVS has already started discussions with many of the former Saab contractors and plans to make the car at the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden. The batteries will be produced in China. The 9-3 EV will be the first premium electric vehicle produced in volume.