If you follow me on social media, then you know how much I love my 2004 Saab 9-3 ARC, which is pictured above. If you’re not aware, Saab stopped making cars around 2011 and filed for bankruptcy. But the Saab 9-3 isn’t dead yet and that’s thanks to a company called NEVS. NEVS is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer who is using the 9-3 chassis to make their electric vehicle a reality.
But don’t expect the NEVS 9-3 EV to be available in the United States just yet. Reports are that the new EV will initially only be available in China. When Saab fell apart, the rights to some of its chassis were purchased and this is why NEVS is using the 9-3 body for this new electric vehicle.
The Saab 9-3 platform was part of assets that NEVS — a company started by Chinese-born, Swedish businessman Kai Johan Jiang in Trollhattan, Sweden — purchased from bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab Automobile in 2012.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden has begun production of a full-electric sedan based on the old Saab 9-3 platform at its plant in the north China port city of Tianjin. The launch will accelerate NEVS’ timetable to start production in other Chinese cities, according to the company’s parent, China Evergrande Group. The Tianjin factory can initially build 50,000 EVs a year.Automotive News Europe
Evergrande Group, China’s largest real estate developer, in January, bought a 51 percent stake in the project sinking in US$932 million. According to Automotive News Europe, Evergrande Group is also sinking money into battery suppliers and other EV connected companies.
While this doesn’t mean that the Saab 9-3 is coming back as it was before. It’s a good feeling for Saab enthusiasts to see what once was dead be resurrected in some form again. There is no word as to when, or even if, this EV will make it to the US. It will likely make it into Europe before anywhere else.
What do you think of this new NEVS EV? Are you a Saab enthusiast? If so, do you appreciate the return of the 9-3 chassis? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.Source: Automotive News Europe
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