If you're one of the small cadre of Saab drivers, first of all, kudos to you. Because as Top Gear pointed out, Saab drivers are among the most intellectual drivers out there. Secondly, we've got good news for you, because the 9-3 will officially resume production at the marque's Trollhättan plant in Sweden on Monday.

For those of you who may not have followed the story, a quick refresher: Founded in 1947, Saab Automobile AB was an independent automaker until 1989 when General Motors began the decade-long process acquiring it. Unable to make it profitable, GM sold Saab to Spyker in 2010, but that Dutch automaker proved unable to make a go of it, either, and finally shut it down a year later. Much of Saab's assets were acquired by National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which in turn is partially owned by the Chinese city of Qingdao, which pledged to get production back online by the end of the year.

NEVS has apparently made good on its promise, bringing 600 workers back to the factory to resume production of the 9-3 much as it was when a workforce of 3,500 labored on it and its stablemates prior to the bankruptcy. The reborn 9-3 will be sold in Sweden and in China, with an electric version to bring some other updates sometime next year.


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      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      File this under absurd schemes destined to fail, quickly.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      How long will this last?
      Carhoots
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see this work out well....But, they're selling a product that is now over ten years old, and to cover their costs (they're developing a fully electric version) they'll probably need to charge quite a bit for each car sold, plus the Chinese have no idea who or what SAAB is. Good luck to them though, I've always liked SAAB's style.
      PJPHughes1
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to get the new Phoenix chassis out in production soon. That will make the 9-3 competitive again. As a Saab owner, I do hope they come back to the US, although it's going to be a challenge to get the dealership network rebuilt. Now, about that Volvo V60 Polestar......
      • 1 Year Ago
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      glenn.slippy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see Saabs being built again...sort of. If they couldn't find buyers before, what makes them think they'll find them now? Anyone paying attention will be put off by the iffyness of all proposed warranties, further reducing the buyer pool. As much as I'd like to see more automakers than fewer, I think this will end badly...again.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a testament to the rightness of the original 9-3 design, that a dozen years later, it is still quite a good looking car. The battery running down the middle of the inside of the car is disastrous though. There is no other way to put it.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone hear what they will use as an engine? I can't imagine GMs gonna play ball.
        wrestleprocbt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        Gov't Motors probably won't lend a single screw to help out this company they destroyed in 10 short years. Hope GM has absolutely nothing to do with the new SAAB company ever.
          Evan
          • 11 Months Ago
          @wrestleprocbt
          GENERAL Motors, completely paid back its bailout! The $10B that is called a "loss" was pre-projected to be well over $25B the second oBummer handed the check over to GM! The government knew they would lose money! But if GM did go down, The U.S would have lost over 1.2 million jobs! Those jobs will eventually pay back the $10B "loss." The government never interfered with GM's products! oBummer did make them get rid of Pontiac, but that was it! I think GMC and Buick should merge together to form a large luxury brand so Pontiac can come back! I also think GM should buy a chunk of SAAB back (maybe 30%).
      mardcole
      • 1 Year Ago
      What more can you say except YAY! Can't wait to be the first on our block to get the electric Saab...
      Shawna-Lee Harrison
      • 1 Year Ago
      so happy, we need Saab and the other small car companies who like to be different to stay around, or else you will one day be buying a car, and the salesman will say "what color of Corolla will you want sir?" That will the sum of your purchasing decision. Different is good. Welcome back Saab, love my 9-3 and will be getting a Sportcombi whenever you get around to selling them in Canada again... Wishlist: 350hp+ AWD TurboX Sportcombi with a manual. Did it before, can do it again. You always have catered to this amazing wagon market, so keep it up and I will be one of the buyers. Thank you for fighting so hard to stay alive.
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shawna-Lee Harrison
        different is good as long as you don't need parts, service and a people that know how to work on it. Nobody wants an orphaned car company. You will be paying through the nose because the variety of aftermarket parts are few and far between and depreciations is like a cliff.
      • 1 Year Ago
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