With NEVS’ acquisition of Saab
and some of the bankrupt automaker’s remaining assets now complete, the consortium, made up of Chinese and Japanese interests, is now focused on the launch of its first model.
That first model is expected to be an electric version of the last Saab 9-3 sedan, though NEVS is open to the possibility of launching electric versions of other Saab models, as well as some with gasoline engines.
The information was revealed by a NEVS spokesman during a recent interview with Dutch website Autoweek.nl
. The spokesman explained that NEVS has the rights to the last 9-3 sedan, as well as its convertible and SportCombi wagon variants.
Though no decision has been made yet, he said NEVS was open to the idea of launching electric versions of these additional variants as well. He also said that NEVS’ first model may not be an electric car, as had originally been intended.
With the pressure on to restart production at the former Saab plant in Trollhättan, Sweden as soon as possible, the spokesman said NEVS is looking at installing conventional gasoline engines to get the project off the ground. NEVS reportedly has a number of avenues for sourcing engines, one of which is through Saab’s former parent General Motors.
NEVS’ original target for restarting production of the Saab 9-3, announced in September, was within 18 months. There’s no word on whether this target has been revised.