Since the owner's name is National Electric Vehicle Sweden, there's got to be some plug-in action happening in the rebirth of the Saab brand, right? There sure is, but not until next year, says Automotive News.
NEVS, which acquired Saab out of bankruptcy in August 2012, is slated to re-start production of the Saab 9-3 midsize sedan at the company's Trollhättan plant in Sweden this week. And while the first 9-3 models will be gas-powered turbos, Saab will indeed start making an all-electric version of the 9-3 in 2014, though few concrete details have emerged about the car or its powertrain.
Word of a potential 9-3 EV has been out since late last year, when Autoweek said that the 9-3 convertible would be reborn as an electric-only vehicle. Saab last made cars in April 2011 and the revived company will target its gas-powered vehicles and EVs specifically to the Chinese market moving forward. Spyker acquired Saab from General Motors in 2010 after GM couldn't make a profit with the iconic Swedish brand. But Spyker didn't have much better luck and Saab was bankrupt by the end of the following year. The brand's new focus on China makes sense, since NEVS is actually partly owned by the Chinese city of Qingdao.