National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the new owner of Saab, has good news for you if you happened to miss out on picking up a 9-3 before the company plummeted through bankruptcy. Automotive News Europe reports NEVS may offer a gasoline-powered 9-3 in 2013. That move would effectively step up the brand's re-launch plan by a full year. Originally, the company planned to introduce an electric vehicle in 2014, but NEVS is currently investigating ways to start production next summer using "a 9-3 with a traditional powertrain" in order to generate more cash for the electrification effort.

NEVS purchased Saab earlier this year with the intent of resurrecting the brand with a fully electric product portfolio. The new EVs would theoretically ride on the Saab Phoenix platform and be manufactured at the automaker's plant in Trollhattan, Sweden. The report of a resurrected gasoline model came courtesy of Mikael Oestlund, a company spokesperson familiar with the company's workings.


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they've got an aged platform and no engine? They would have to move this waaaay down market from what the General was asking and wasn't getting for a 9.3
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm so tired of the naysayers that come out of the woodwork whenever a Saab-related post goes online. Sure, NEVS is not going forward with as convincing of a plan as they could have, but at least they are trying! Even if this doesn't work out, it's giving people paychecks for a least a little while longer. Let them try, and hope for the best for them. I am. If it doesn't work, c'est la vie. If Saab ends up going down permanently, as a Saab fan, I'd at least see them go down swinging.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      1guyin10
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they can make it work they might have better luck that way. Electrics are not exactly setting sales records and they need sales badly.
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        tinted up
        • 2 Years Ago
        Train wreck? No way. If the overhead is low enough scale could be generated off of sales to government and local agencies alone. If they have a smaller facility, any retail sales would be gravy at that point. There is no mention as to what markets would even get product. Too many questions to deem it a train wreck already. Good Luck SAAB!
          • 2 Years Ago
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        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        The train wreck has already occured. NEVS seems to think at least one train car is still capable of rolling -- I'm doubtful.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering how poorly they were selling, I fail to see how this is a good idea. Let Saab die.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sounds great, count me in as someone very interested at seeing what they come up with! I wish they'd put the 9-5 Sportcombi into production, not sure if that car was axed after GM refused to sign over rights for some of their platforms.
      chromal
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, they're going to make SAABs. In Sweden. With honest-to-goodness engines (hopefully turbocharged). Does this mean SAAB fans get to have their cake and eat it too? I'm watching, albeit with no expectations.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This... should be interesting. I've always liked Pre-GM Saab (Like everyone else.) but I also liked the last 9-3 post facelift. Maybe they'll go in the right direction... Maybe. As a small "we sell as their ordered" company. Think, Bentley or Rolls Royce 1000 times more affordable. Make them a quirky affordable customization car. I'd buy one.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        They wouldn't last because there is no market for cheap custom ordered cars.
      2012JKU
      • 2 Years Ago
      What engine will they put in this? A GM Iron Duke?
        wrestleprocbt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2012JKU
        I would suggest nothing GM go into this. They want it to be successful. Any connection to GM makes my stomache turn. GM ruined SAAB right from the start. Don't let Government Motors have any part of this!
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the plan is to "generate more cash" by Selling Saabs? Good luck with that.
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they were to do it they'd have to offer something enticing to get people to buy in EU. I can see China snaggin' them up quick but anywhere else it will be a hard sell. And by enticing I mean a nice high MPG engine with full leather dash, reworked interior with no semblance of GM parts at all.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        ehhh GM parts........ Not even a single bolt on it.
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