The new owner of Saab, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has bolted together its first two new cars at the company's traditional home in Trollhättan. The two 9-3 sedans were built to work bugs out of the production line and test newer components before full-scale production starts near the end of the year.

NEVS acting President, Mattias Bergman, issued a statement saying, "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." First up for NEVS will be gas-powered, turbocharged 9-3s, before bringing a facelifted, electrified variant later next year. There are also plans to rejigger Saab's never-was Phoenix architecture for production, although NEVS needs to excise the remaining General Motors tech from the platform before building anything.

According to a report on Automotive News Europe, once under way, NEVS has set an optimistic target of 120,000 units per year by 2016, with sales focused in Europe and China – there's no official word on if NEVS ever plans to bring the Saab name back to North America.
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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.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I, for one, am happy for Saab, glad to see they are starting anew. Wish them the best. Hope to see Saab back in the U.S. soon.
      • 1 Year Ago
      YAY! Great news!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saab is a great company that has always taken an uncommon approach to their cars. In fact a lot of the "american luxury" GM is pushing with Cadillac actually came from Saab. GM should have put Saab up against VW, Volvo, and Subaru instead of the premium brands. Saab should return to the U-S in 5-10 years as a partner with Tesla maybe?
        • 1 Year Ago
        GM over-priced SAAB products even though their products couldn't run with BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Lexus.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the best,Saab.
      • 1 Year Ago
      good luck!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go for it!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm just happy for those few Saab workers who get to do their work again and hope the vehicles find a market. Saab brought something unique to the market place. They were independent and small and like other small independent automakers, needed a larger partner to share development costs. They got one in GM, who unfortunately screwed them up in a horrible fashion before spitting out the bones. I'm a current owner, and will likely never be a future one regardless of if they sell here, but I hope the company survives.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The last sentence really sums up why they will not succeed. Fanboys will applaud its return but not part with their hard earned money in buying one
      • 1 Year Ago
      They also make internet Trolls there.
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the naysayers obviously never owned or drove the last iterations of the Saab93, perhaps the finest balanced car of our age. I owned several and miss the sports car feeling driving that sedan. They have my best wishes for an assured successful marque.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So happy that SAAB is back. While it's great to see 9-3 production resume, I'm really pumped for the all new electric car NEVS has been talking about.
      • 1 Year Ago
      " IT`S ALIVE! " (Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein 1974) I wish them luck. Are they starting over from scratch or do they have the GM platform to work off of ?
        • 1 Year Ago
        they only have the 9-3 Phoenix platform that GM sold as part of the deal. they dont have the 9-4 because that is the same tooling that is used in the Cadillac SRX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad Saab is returning. I hope the sedan, wagon and convertible forms return. I so want a new 9-3 wagon.
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