Saab is officially building cars again. Production of the 9-3 Sedan has kicked back off in Trollhättan, Sweden, and the first example is reportedly earmarked for the company's museum. Initial sales are targeted for China, although Swedish customers will also be able to buy new Saabs built in their country right away, too. It isn't immediately clear if the model will be available in the rest of Europe, let alone in North America.

The initial run of 9-3s will be powered by a 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder before an electric model joins the range next year. There are no Biopower or XWD all-wheel-drive models presently in production. And while the lion's share of the 2014 9-3 is a carryover from the pre-bankruptcy car, there are some changes, including a new anti-whiplash seat system and a "greater number of non-GM parts," reports SaabsUnited.

"I am very proud of the dedication and the focus that NEVS management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan, and who have made this possible. Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group's focus on green technology is our strength for the future," said Kai Johan Jiang, the founder of Saab's parent company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden.

Sales of the new 9-3 will start in Sweden via NEVS' website on December 10. Prices for the manual-trans model start 279,000 Swedish Krona ($42,842), while the automatic starts at 289,000 ($44,377). That pricing is said to be roughly 10 percent less expensive than a similarly spec'd Griffin model cost in 2012.

Scroll down for a full press release on the relaunch of Saab from NEVS, and check out our friends over at SaabsUnited, who have done an excellent job chronicling the rebirth of the 9-3, including live pictures from the plant.
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Production of Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan has started in Trollhättan

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a petrol engine. Sales are initially focused in China with a small number of vehicles being sold directly from Nevs to Swedish customers via the Nevs' website.

The car that is produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a 220 hp 2.0-liter turbo, a previously recognized high-performance engine of the Saab cars.

"I am very proud of the dedication and the focus that Nevs management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan, and who have made ​​this possible. Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group's focus on green technology is our strength for the future", said Kai Johan Jiang, Nevs founder and main owner.

"It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years. It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to and will make a difference with our partners and customers. Our electric car will be launched next year, and already today we can offer Saab cars with continued high, proven performance and quality", said Nevs' President Mattias Bergman.

Nevs' customers will be offered a first class and engaging customer experience. They will also be offered the opportunity to come to the heart of the Saab car brand in Trollhättan to take delivery of their vehicles. While doing so, they will be invited to visit our highly efficient factory with experienced and competent workers and the Saab Car Museum where they can get a flavor of our brand and vehicles.

To ensure a solid ownership experience we intend to offer service and parts distribution in partnership with Orio AB (formerly known as Saab Automobile Parts AB).

In less than a year, the purchasing organization has built partnerships with the suppliers to the Saab 9-3. Nevs now has partnerships with all around 400 suppliers needed for the Sedan model. All in all the Nevs' start of production engage around 2,400 companies globally through the suppliers.

"It's been an intense year committed to ensuring Nevs' start of production. I see our established partnerships as a trustful beginning of the long term and strategic relationships we want to build together with our subcontractors", said Nevs' Purchasing Director Per Svantesson .

To ensure our high quality and the supply chain functions, the production rate will be very modest, about ten cars a week initially, and then gradually the pace will be increased to meet customers' demand.

The electric car based on the Saab 9-3 will be launched in spring 2014, with China as the first market. Nevs' partner and part owner Qingdao has initially placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 electric cars with delivery starting in spring 2014.

Sales in Sweden, via Nevs' website, will start on Tuesday, December 10. The price is 279 000 SEK with manual transmission and 289 000 with automatic transmission. Additional specifications purchase and delivery conditions are presented when the sale starts.

Over time we will develop our customer base to expand into more markets where we see potential for growth and profitability.

Nevs' vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future. Our aim is to be a front runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles, where China is our initial main market. The pace of change towards cars powered by fossil free fuels will increase and China currently has the most ambitious efforts for electrification of the vehicle fleet.


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        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        As much as I'd love to get another SAAB, I morally couldn't unless it's owned by an American company! I don't send my money overseas on a foreign car! I keep it here in The U.S.
      ingolstadtblue
      • 1 Year Ago
      with the passing of oldsmobile, pontiac, plymouth, mercury, ford australia, as well as the new talk about holden going away soon, any resurrection of a marque, in whatever shape or form or new ownership has to be good news in car-land.
        Edsel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ingolstadtblue
        ... how about a new Edsel?
        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ingolstadtblue
        I think Pontiac will come back! Even though I love the ATS, SS and Terrain,, each time I see one the knife twists in my leg because I know that they were all going to be Pontiac's! GM should merge GMC and Buick together to form a big luxury lineup! They both are luxury brands, so why waste money marketing different brands towards the same buyers? Chevrolet can have muscle cars, but Pontiac will have performance. . Chevrolet- Mainstream GMC/Buick- Luxury Pontiac- Performance Cadillac- Premium
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      paging Jason Castriota...
      dslindemanstevens.com
      • 11 Months Ago
      I very happy, I have a 2004 Saab convertible and still love it. As I see want else is out there I putting our over five grand for a new transmission then a gen'l check up. The way I see it my Saab has been so good no big repairs and very little money put out, after almost 10 years. PLease keep up Saab as the car I paid major money for. I what GM and everyone to see just how great a Saab is!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope they will stick around for long.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im happy to see they survived. Hopefully they will be able to come back strong.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
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          VDuB
          • 1 Year Ago
          Me too. I hope they succeed and give GM the finger in the future.
        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        and come back to The U.S!
      Godot
      • 1 Year Ago
      Soooo the SAAB isn't "new enough" for the psudo technoid? I LIKE onder cars, thery are a lot easier to work on than the latest rolling "smart fone".
      wrestleprocbt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the convertable! The 9-5 and the 9-4x would be nice to see updated if those bastards at Gov't Motors would let you.
        Evan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        It is GENERAL Motors. They aren't bastards either! They made a very smart decision! The Asians would have found out the tricks that make GM cars so wonderful! I didn't like the 9-5's or 9-4X's hockey stick greenhouse! It was quite ugly. .
          Jason Harrison
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Evan
          I cant stand GM, Saab will show them. give me a Saab over any GM car you would care to mention, I do not include any GM/Saab in this, I mean the pre-2004 models in the 9-5 and pre-2002 in the 9-3 the rest are not true Saabs.
          ChrisD
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Evan
          Wonderful?
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is awesome but I hope it's not just a plan to use up the existing parts and then call it quits again. I wonder if those wonderful concepts will ever see the light of day now? Perhaps they're owned by GM though since they were developed under their aegis.
      Fiona Lewis
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lovely to hear that SAAB is back in production again! I drive an original SAAB 900, 1993 model and she still drives very well after all this time. Good luck with the return of a very safe and attractive make of car. Keep it up!! Ice Maiden.xxx
      Godot
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drove 900s many hundreds of thousands of miles and many times these "dated" cars got me out of tight spots by stopping straight and/or providing lots of grip when someone ahead of me did somethig stupid. Then again I ride an air cooled BMW bike and don't favor rolling I Phones which impress teenagers. I have no need to.
      Godot
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the Generous Motors engines are gone.
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