Pilot production of the SAAB 9-3 By NEVs
NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB), the company which for a few years has been trying to resurrect SAAB, is now bettting on New Energy Vehicles (all-electric or plug-in hybrids).
According to an extensive post on the SaabBlog.net, SAAB, under NEVS, could launch five new EV models - including its first in 2017 and four more in 2018.
Five models by 2018 for a small company sounds bold and we would perhaps expect such a statement from GM or Volkswagen, but not NEVS. On the other hand, the Chinese market is unfathomable.
The first model will be all-electric and based on the "heavily upgraded" SAAB 9-3. Pilot production run of this EV was already done some times ago, but NEVS then had to do step back and look for new investors.
The 2017 SAAB 9-3 BEV is to be offered in China and Sweden (cars will be produced in Trollhättan prior to final assembly in Tianjin, China).
Other potential models listed by NEVS are:
- compact SUV
- midsize SUV
- midsize fastback
- midsize crossover