Do you believe in reincarnation? Like how we hope that, maybe, all of our hard work as auto writers will result in an eventual return as a swarm of beautiful butterflies. If you are a Saab fan, the equivalent could be this bit of news: The 9-3 Convertible may rise again, as an electric vehicle.

Word comes from the Dutch version of Autoweek that Chinese entity National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has indicated that it will bring an electric version of the 9-3 Convertible to market in the next 18 months. The EV droptop would first debut in the Chinese market, but could expand, as could the lineup to other 9-3 variants, such as the sedan and SportCombi. A NEVS spokesperson has stated, "NEVS basically no doors holds." We're not sure if that's the spokesperson or the translation from the Dutch report, but you get the gist.

NEVS also indicated that conventionally powered versions of the 9-3 could be produced as well. The internal combustion engines could be the originally intended General Motors engines. Regardless of powerplant, we would be very eager to see Saab return, potentially as an EV to boot!


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      Typesbad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ironically, the Saab 9-3 convertible I presently own would do well as an electric. My 60-mile commute was costing me in repair bills so I gave it to my son and he only puts about 8 miles a day on it commuting to school. On the other hand, convertibles, heavy as they are, does seem to be an odd choice for electric power..
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they could make a fuel effcient gas powered version, cut the price dramatically, AND then try to sell some Evs it would make more sense. Maybe buy some Fiat engines?
      zzzzzz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "NEVS basically no doors holds" is a mistranslation. What they meant to say is, "The Chinese have attempted to build an electric SAAB convertible, but the doors kept falling off."
      nomadsto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's see, unprofitable Saab + unprofitable EV's = ????
        wrestleprocbt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nomadsto
        Yeah, sounds like Gov't Motors is still ruining.....I mean running the company. Please SAAB do this right and have no ties to Gov't Motors. I love my SAAB and want another....I can only wait so long though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        Because using an existing design, tooling, processes, and parts is way cheaper than coming up with a car. And it's available immediately instead of after 4 years of engineering work.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          But what's the point if it will not sell?
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          But the 9-3 wasn't that good, and the new one is no where close to being ready.
      Chuggowitz
      • 2 Years Ago
      People WANT a SAAB convertible....?
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wasn't the vert the slowest seller of the 9-3 range? Why the **** would they make it more expensive that it already was?
      scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never gonna happen.
      Jason Golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dammit, I can really appreciate quirky and offbeat brands. Sadly, reality check...I think the potential relaunch of SAAB (here) has flavors of the Mahindra truck story: Tiny bits of info released here and there, false hope, no product delivery.
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think I'll be trading in my 1996 SAAB 900 SE turbo any time soon...
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