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.
Sure, they say an electric model is still in the works, but it all sounds a bit far-fetched and contrived to my ears…
Regardless, let’s not mistake this for bad news, because the report says that there are 180 employees currently hard at work getting the factory ready for production. If they start rolling out cars as of September, these models will be identical to the 9-3s the company was making prior to going under, though a facelift is definitely in order, because while it’s not bad, it does look rather dated compared to other rivals – the drop-top is reportedly being brought back too…
Keep in mind, though, that none of the above has been officially confirmed from NEVS, so it would be wise to take the production news with a grain of salt.
We will follow this story with keen interest, and bring you up to date as soon as we find out more.
By Andrei Nedelea