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Trevor Collett | Dec, 02 2013 | 4 Comments

Saab could have 'brand-new' 9-3 sedans on the road by early next year, according to new reports that the Swedish carmaker will recommence production this week.

Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has reportedly confirmed that the brand's re-started Trollhattan plant will produce a modest number of 9-3s, almost two years to the day since the carmaker folded.

Six hundred staff are believed to be on hand for the first day back at work; somewhat less than the 3,500 strong work-force that manned the Saab machines of yesteryear.

"Yes, we will start the actual production [this week]," NEVS spokesman Mikael Oestlund told Industry paper Automotive News this week.

Mr Oestlund reportedly said production under the new owners could now begin, as an agreement had been reached with parts suppliers. He added that there is scope to increase output in the future.

Don't expect a re-invited 9-3 however, with the born-again sedan set to closely resemble the last production version in 2011 and be powered by a turbocharged petrol engine.

Production of an all-electric version – which may feature a slightly restyled body - is set to begin next year, with initial sales of all new 9-3s targeted at China and Europe.

Saab has steadily built up steam in 2013, with pre-production versions of the ‘new’ 9-3 built in September and used for testing before NEVS gave the green light for full-scale production to recommence.

Mr Oestlund promised further details on the future of Saab and the 9-3 sedan soon; stay tuned to TMR for more.

[Photos via SaabsUnited]

 
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