Saab Factory Reopens, Production To Resume By Year's End: Report

TMR Team | Aug 15, 2013

Can it be? New reports this week claim that new Saab owner National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS) is preparing to resume production later this year.

According to Swedish paper Afton Bladet, the company has thrown open the doors of Saab's factory in Trollhättan, recalling workers to get equipment cleaned and ready for action.

But what will the first 'new' Saab be?

Not a new one at all, it seems. At least, not all-new. The Afton Bladet report suggests that a heavily overhauled version of the last 9-3 will be the first range from the revived Saab brand.

If it happens, and it's a big 'if', the born-again 9-3 will apparently get a turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine, with extensive changes to interior and exterior styling.

New technologies will perhaps also feature - and will be necessary if the overhauled 9-3, launched way back in 2002, is to compete in today's market.

The company's stated plan of producing a new electric Saab range based on the stalled Phoenix platform is also still in the works, although it will be some years before we see those models in production.

Of course, it remains unclear if we will ever see the properly new 9-3 in production. You remember the one: it surfaced online back in March, and would have debuted last year if the carmaker had stayed afloat.

The 9-3 is speculated to return initially in sedan form only, but if things go well, we could wagon and convertible models also return.

It won't be smooth sailing, however, with much of Saab's original supply chain broken after the company's 2011 collapse, and getting dealers back on board won't be easy.

Filed under: Saab, saab 9-3, News, report, enthusiast

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  • JoeR_AUS says,
    8 months ago
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    quote: The Trollhattan site currently employs around 140 staff paid by NEVS, who are working on components for Saab Automobile Parts that never had the same bankruptcy problems of the car manufacturer.

    Also, back in May NEVS hired 27 assembly line workers.

    The start up day was supposed to be the 12th August.

    Its a start smile
  • Doctor says,
    8 months ago
    I'll believe it when I see the first car produced.
    And then guess how long it'll last. Not very?
  • Russell Scott Wollman says,
    8 months ago
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    There is absolutely nothing wrong or outdated about the last 9-3's design.

    Not every car has to look like a Hyundai or those pimpmobiles from Mercedes-Benz.

    Saab has always ***hed to their own drummer. That's what makes a Saab a Saab.
  • CAZZO says,
    8 months ago
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    So it will no doubt come back to AUS and thats the 67th brand here on sale...INSANE, miles more than even the USA

    They will once again ask Benz/Lexus coin, so guys dont even bother coming here based on that

    Maybe they can do a deal with the closed OPEL dealerships? laugh
    • JoeR_AUS says,
      8 months ago
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      and if the other 66 are planing to leave...

      coin, my wife recently looked at a C200 Wagon cheaper than a Liberty GT or Forester XT and neither have free servicing and road assist but nobody ever says Subaru is over priced...

      GM instructed Opel to cut costs and leave, I don't know who put the business plan together in the first place for AUS....

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