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NEVS Reveals Saab 9-3 EV Prototype for the First Time


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We were starting to wonder where troubled NEVS’ prophesized all-electric Saab 9-3 was, but now our questions have been laid to rest by these photos of what is reportedly one of the first such prototypes.

Recently Restarted Saab Stops Production over Financial Woes


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After resuming very low volume production of the 9-3 earlier this year, Volvo’s Saab's new owners called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (or NEVS) have announced they are ceasing building it due to money troubles. Apparently, there’s an outstanding debt they need to pay and there’s no cash in the bank to pay it; the maximum production figure they reached in this short time span was six cars per day.

Reborn Saab Makes First 9-3-Based Electric Car Prototype


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It was undoubtedly an arduous journey for NEVS to get Saab back on its feet after it went down, being made even more challenging with the announcement that it was also going to be converted into an EV manufacturer that would use Chinese parts. Now, after the first new petrol-powered 9-3 (pictured here) was built in September of 2013, they’ve made an electric version too.

Owners of Saab Go the Full Way, Announce Re-Release of 9-3 Sedan Pictured Here


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So after firing up the Trollhättan production line for the first time since GM-controlled Saab made any cars, new owners National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS have now officially re-launched the 2014 model-year 9-3 sedan, currently the only model they make.

Saab Restarted 9-3 Production, Says Spokesman


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A report from Reuters tells us that Saab is finally officially restarting production of the 9-3 sedan, at the Trollhättan factory, in Sweden. The plant had already undergone earlier trial production runs, and the first of these new series of the 9-3s rolled off the assembly line around the middle of September, and got a fair bit of media attention.

1989 Saab 900 Aero / SPG is the Essence of Saab


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Saab may be gone – or at least what we knew of it – but its legacy continues through the cars that are doing the job they were designed for on a daily basis. Among the company’s most iconic products, the first-generation 900 holds a special place thanks to its distinct shape and the popularity it enjoyed worldwide.

It’s No Longer a Myth – NEVS Officially Starts Saab Production


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Saab fans around the world and auto enthusiasts alike rejoice! The ailing Swedish manufacturer is back on track and has started making cars, under its new ownership, National Electric Vehicle Swedenor (NEVS). SaabsUnited has the details, plus a few photos of the very first new 9-3 from inside the Trollhättan factory.

Saab to Reportedly Restart Production in September with Updated 9-3


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Saab’s tumultuous history may take a turn for the better, as local Swedish sources told Swedish news site Aftonbladet that the Trollhättan factory has already reopened its doors, with actual production restarting in September.

That’s all well and good, but its new owners, National Electric Vehicle Swedenor NEVS, which is only Swedish by name, frankly, getting all of its capital from Asia, is also making the “Electric” part of their name irrelevant too, as it seems that the car they are putting back into production is the exact same 9-3 we’re familiar with, powered by conventional internal combustion.

STCC-Ready Dacia Logan Racing Car is a Saab 9-3 in Drag


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The piece we wrote earlier about the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship- or STCC-ready Dacia Logan, was such an oddball story that some may have clicked it hoping to ridicule the Romanian carmaker' attempt at making a touring car based on their most basic means of transportation.

Most of you will have noticed that the car shown in the photos was unusually long and low, nothing like the Logan on which it was supposedly based.

More Photos of the Jason Castriota-Designed 2013 Saab 9-3 Surface Online


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The Saab 9-3 Phoenix, which we first saw via a few low quality photos a while back, is the near-production-ready example of what was to become Saab's sales booster. Sadly, it never had the chance to see the light of day, and while there still is interest for the Saab brand, nothing seems to be happening.

Saab Test Cars Up for Sale in Online Auction in Sweden


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Saab enthusiasts, this one is for you. Sweden's KVD Kvarndammen auction house is organizing an online sale of Saab cars that belonged to the now defunct automaker.

In total, 78 cars will be auctioned off, roughly half of which are impossible to register since they were used by Saab as test vehicles. Most of these test cars belong to the latest 9-5 series, but there’s also a 9-3 Aero sedan and five GM-built 9-4X crossovers.

Designer Imagines the 2013 Saab 9-3 That Could Have Been...


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The sad story of Saab's demise has been discussed many times before, and aside from all of the historical value of the brand, there is also another aspect which is often overlooked.

While Saab may have been owned by GM and forced to use various bits and parts from Opel/Vauxhall , the new 9-5 showed real promise. If it would have been thoroughly finished when launched, it could have provided the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class with some competition.

This is the Actual 2013 Saab 9-3 Phoenix Designed by Jason Castriota


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For a company that went belly up in 2011, Saab is sure receiving a lot of attention from the media lately. At first, it was Swedish magazine AutoMotorSport that brought Saab back again under the limelight of discussion with the release of three, very low quality, computer models of the new 9-3 in both liftback and convertible forms.

The griffon-loving crew at Saabsunited accepted the challenge and upped the ante with the release of four pictures, the most important of which is a near production prototype of the liftback that would have been the new 2013 Saab 9-3.

Leaked Images Show the Jason Castriota-Designed 2013 Saab 9-3 Series that Never Was


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Saab's sad story has been told so many times over the past couple of years that you would think there was nothing more to tell, but a new set of allegedly official images depicting what could have been the vehicle to save the Swedish brand, give it a fresh twist.

These low quality screenshots of a computer rendering of the next 9-3 series were obtained by Sweden's Auto Motor und Sport magazine, purportedly via a former Saab employee.

The car's styling is said to have been completed under the direction of American-born automotive designer Jason Castriota, who at the time, led Saab's design team. The renderings show the five-door hatchback in profile and from the rear as well as the convertible variant.

Saab’s New Owner NEVS Announces US$300 Million Chinese Investment Deal


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Things have been conspicuously quiet for some time now as far as Saab is concerned; especially considering the shenanigans that the Swedish carmaker has been involved in the past two years.

Now, Saab is making headlines again as its new owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) that acquired many of its assets when it went bankrupt last year, announced that it has signed a deal with the Chinese city of Qingdao.

New Saab Owner Gets Rights to Name and Phoenix Platform, But Not Griffin Logo; Any Suggestions?


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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. At least that’s what Juliet tells Romeo in the renowned play. However, even if the executives of NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden), Saab Automobile’s new owners, are avid Shakespeare readers, they still wanted the Saab name along with the rest of the brand.

Last we heard, they were negotiating with Saab AB, the aerospace company and Scania AB, which own the rights to both the name and the logo of the automotive company.

On Monday, however, NEVS announced that is has completed the acquisition of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB, IP rights for the Phoenix platform and the Saab 9-3, the Trollhättan manufacturing plant and test and laboratory facilities, effective August 31, for an undisclosed amount of money.

Saab Auto's New Owner to Launch an EV based on the 9-3 by Early 2014, will Initially Focus in China


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Saab, the Swedish car brand that just refuses to die, will have a new pure-electric model based on the underpinnings of the 9-3 on the market by the end of 2013 or early 2014, according to the company's new owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS).

NEVS was specifically established by a consortium formed by Japanese, Swedish and Chinese stakeholders to acquire Saab assets including Saab Property AB, which owns the company's production facility in Trollhattan and Saab Powertrain AB.

It also owns some rights to the 9-3 and the company's incomplete Phoenix platform architecture but not the 9-5 sedan/station wagon and the 9-4x crossover that remain the intellectual property of General Motors.

Saab UK Puts up for Sale the Last Remaining RHD 2012 9-3 Convertibles


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Last May, amidst a mountain of problems, Saab celebrated the silver jubilee of its Convertible series that debuted as the 900 Cabrio in 1986 before the Swedes renamed the entire model lineup to 9-3 in 1998.

A year later, Saab is bankrupt and the company's Trollhättan plant idled, but if you live in the UK and are still interested in buying a brand new 9-3 Convertible, we have some good news for you.

Saab Parts UK announced today that it has successfully secured the sale of the last remaining 26 right-hand drive MY12 9-3 Convertibles, which will be available to buy through the company's national network of 87 Authorised Repairers.

Watch the New Saab 9-3 TTA Racer at its First Shakedown Test in France


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Saab was born from jets but this new 9-3 TTA racecar was born from the love and the passion that the people behind Flash Engineering and Team Tidö feel for the bankrupt Swedish brand.

The first of four racing examples of the Saab 9-3 sedan that will participate at the 2012 TTA Racing Elite League in Sweden completed its first shakedown tests at the Alés track in France.

Saab Lives on the Racing Field as New 9-3 Sedans will Compete in Swedish Touring Car Championship


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The brand may have gone bankrupt but Saab will continue to be represented on the racetracks as four-newly developed 9-3 sedans will participate in Sweden's TTA – Racing Elite League in the 2012 season.

Flash Engineering and Team Tidö will run the cars while the Saab Dealer Organisation will support their efforts. In addition, certain divisions of Saab that remain alive including Saab Parts, will also be involved in the racing program.