With rumors circulating the return Saab returning to the game, many of us wondered if such a revival would occur. There were hints that the Swedish automaker was on its way to rising from the ashes with what seemed to be official pictures of an all-new Saab 9-3. Additionally, after General Motors was forced to liquidate and Saab was sold to National Electric Vehicle Sweden, there was hope, but nobody knew what that meant.
Now, an official press release has been issued from National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which confirmed the reopening of Saab’s production line in Trollhättan with a statement from NEVS’s president, Mattias Bergman.
According to those past rumors and reports, Saab and NEVS were working on two 9-3 sedans to mark the Saab’s revival into the automotive playground, one gas, and one with an alternative electric powerttrain. And with a contributing report from AutomotiveNews of Europe, NEVS plans to produce 120,000 units per year by 2016 with majority of sales focused in Europe and China.
Check out Bergman’s statement after the jump.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The first pre-series car assembled today
“I am pleased that today we have assembled our first car to verify all the production processes here in Trollhättan. Prior to our decision to start production of Saab cars, we need to finalize a few remaining dialogues to build partnerships with suppliers. We now know that the plant is ready for production”, said Mattias Bergman, acting President for Nevs.
– By: Chris Chin