The Saab automobile story has gotten a second chapter thanks to National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) AB. The company has started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan, which will initially be available for sale in China. A small number of vehicles being sold directly from Nevs to Swedish customers via the Nevs’ website.
The vehicle now being produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a 220 hp 2.0L turbo, a previously recognized high-performance engine of the Saab cars, according to Nevs.
“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.
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 its suppliers.
An 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.
"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.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet