With NEVS’ acquisition of Saab and some of the bankrupt automaker’s few remaining assets complete, the consortium, made up of Chinese and Japanese interests, is now focused on the launch of its first Saab model. That first model is a 9-3 Aero sedan, production of which commenced today at Saab’s plant in Trollhättan, Sweden.

NEVS’ 9-3 is essentially the model Saab was building prior to its bankruptcy in 2011, though it no longer features the Saab griffin logo on its hood. It comes fitted with a 220-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, though NEVS remains committed to eventually launching a 9-3 fitted with an electric drivetrain. The electric 9-3 is due out next year.

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NEVS is focusing on the Chinese market initially, but will be offering Swedish buyers an opportunity to purchase new Saab cars via a website. NEVS is currently building cars at a rate of only 10 per week but will eventually ramp up production, and even build Saab cars in China.

The news is rather remarkable given that NEVS only purchased Saab's assets in 2012. The company has been consistently aggressive in setting goals, however, and is planning a new generation of Saab cars based on the Phoenix platform that was under development at the time of Saab's bankruptcy and destined for the next-generation 9-3 and other future Saabs.


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