Saab is gearing up to start production of the 9-3 again in September, two years after the last exampled rolled off the assembly line at the company's Trollhättan factory, Aftonbladet reports. Saab's new owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS), a Chinese-Japanese consortium created solely to buy Saab, says that the model's parts supply is the bottleneck in the production process, understandable since many of Saab's suppliers closed after it stopped production two years ago. The automaker also needs to establish a new dealership network. It is not entirely clear where Saab will market their new models, but North America is not expected to figure into their plans, at least initially.

Almost 400 factory employees are reportedly back working at Trollhättan, and Saab is looking to recruit 180 workers to help with production, presuming the factory can overcome its supply issues and go back online in the fall.

The new 9-3 is understood to be something short of an all-new car, a revision of the old 9-3 that started production in 2002. It will reportedly be offered initially as a four-door sedan and two-door convertible, and it will have a turbocharged engine, according to NEVS, which we expect will be a four cylinder. An electric 9-3 could come as early as next year. Turbocharged engines are part of Saab's DNA, NEVS Vice President Mattias Bergman has stated, and future Saab models will have them – despite the automaker's planned progression toward electric vehicles. The 9-3 will get small facelifts over time, says Mikael Östlund, a press officer at NEVS.

A new model based on the Phoenix platform also is expected, but that car is still at least a few years away, Östlund says.


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      rboote
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will be interesting to see how this plays out. In my mind the biggest obstacles facing Chinese automakers are copied design, and perceived lack of safety. The SAAB acquisition has the potential to overcome both of them.
      Mr. Bader®
      • 1 Year Ago
      God please bring SAAB back
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully Saab comes back to it's former glory. Volvo is having trouble fighting these Germans by itself. Turbo's really started gaining ground with Saab.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      guys we need to support "different" car makers such as Saab, for if we do not, before long all we will be driving is Toyotas, Vws, or Hondas...you dont want to be shopping for a new car, and have your only choice be what colour it comes in...think to Demolition Man with Taco Bell being the only restaurant that survived the franchise wars...and how much it sucked... different is good
      ΑΝΤΩΝ
      Iam very happy for the news.It is not fair for the history of the car ,to have SAAB dead. Saab cars are for different mind people. A.P
      Moose
      • 1 Year Ago
      Welcome back Saab!!
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        mojonaut
        • 1 Year Ago
        SAAB might be dead, but if you're setting up a car company, it's better to set one up with an existing reputation than to start from scratch. It makes business sense. The fact there is also an existing platform to work off rather than starting with a new design from scratch makes sense. I just hope they build that 9-3 concept that was shown to the world a while back. It was gorgeous. And I've seen some of the 9-5s rolling 'round here from before they went bust and I must say they were very nice too. Definitely in the process of recapturing some of what it was to be SAAB. Frankly, the world needs more SAAB when everyone else is putting out beige appliances as cars.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mojonaut
          It's ironic I was just looking up preowned 2011 Saab 9-5 models the other day. I really like the trapezoid side profile.
        Mr. Bader®
        • 1 Year Ago
        Says the guy who never drove a saab
        waltonflorist
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think your not realizing that there is a nich market of people not wanting the normal boring cars. GM "ass"umed those of us that loved Pontias, Saabs and Olds would migrate to a Chevy or Buick. We did not. GM with it's enormous ego figured, hey, we are GM and you will buy our other cars. The last straw was them taking our tax money, not paying it all back, taking care of the unions first, leaving stockholders with nothing and then upon visiting a Cady dealer and beeing told, we don't need to offer incentives to previous owners anymore, they will buy our cars because we are the new GM. Sorry, our family of loyal for many years to GM are done with it. They were right about one thing, we did migrate to other brands, we migrated to a new Volvo and a new Infinity.
        ahhhhh clem
        • 1 Year Ago
        Go take your Prius out for a drive and shudup! I've got 3 Pre-GM Saabs and if they'll build a new car without GMs influence I might even buy a new one. They had their 'niche' and have enough followers to make a new go of it!
        jallen
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nice logic comrade Raz
      Sergio526
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great news. I can't wait to see how this all plays out. GM does a lot of things well, but overseeing a quirky European sport-ish car company is not one of them. Hopefully this new company lets Saab be Saab.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sergio526
        You can't let Saab be Saab, that's why they were 1. bought by GM and 2. bankrupt. Better financial controls are needed.
      Chris Bangle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone shoot this zombie in the head.
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          Ivar
          • 1 Year Ago
          For your information SAAB saved GM 20 years ago. GM needed new technology, and SAAB had it all except size to develop the next car SAAB 9-5. If GM did not buy SAAB, they would still have had 20 year old GM technology. GM have had free engineering from SAAB for 20 years, and that my friend is GM´s survival. Now they have to ask french Pegeout and Citroen for free engineering help. Only the future will tell how it ends.
          CarSnaab
          • 1 Year Ago
          Just because something could have died a long time ago, it doesn't mean it should be killed now.
          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          If someone other than GM had bought it Saab would alive and well. GM is clueless with European brands (see Opel / Vauxhall, Lotus, etc). I want more credible alternatives to the default Germans dammit!
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      They will need to develop more realistic pricing.
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