SAAB Back In Production; 9-3 EV Next

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has re-started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan.

Sales of this rebirth of the 9-3 model are initially focused in China with a small number of vehicles being sold directly from National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) to Swedish customers via the company’s website.

Nevs explained the car that is produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a 220 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, a 4-cylinder engine previously offered by Saab cars.

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 already placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 electric cars with delivery starting in spring 2014.

“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,” said Kai Johan Jiang, Nevs founder and main owner. “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.”

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Nevs declared its customers will be offered a first class and engaging customer experience. They will also be offered the opportunity to take delivery of their vehicles at the heart of the Saab car brand, in Trollhättan. While doing so, they will be invited to visit Nevs’ factory and the Saab Car Museum.

“It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years,” said Nevs’ President Mattias Bergman. “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.”

Service and parts distribution for these Nevs vehicles will be offered in partnership with Orio

Nevs said the production rate will be very modest, about ten cars a week initially, and the pace will be gradually increased to meet customers’ demand.

Sales in Sweden, via Nevs’ Web site, will start on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Nves said it has plans to expand into more markets where the company sees potential for growth and profitability, but didn’t mention where this expansion may happen.