(photo: Nevs, AB)
by Jacques Gordon
Yesterday the first new post-bankruptcy Saab 9-3 Aero sedans were delivered for distribution to Swedish customers who ordered the cars via online direct sales. Saab and all its main assets were acquired by National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, (Nevs) in 2012. Nevs is a Swedish company that plans to become a leader in manufacture and distribution of electric vehicles. They purchased Saab to gain entry to the world automotive market with a known brand, and things seem to be moving ahead according to plan.
The purchase agreement ensures the supply of spare parts globally for new Saab cars manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden. Service, repairs and warranty issues will be handled by existing Saab Service Centers. In less than a year, Nevs successfully established partnerships with all the suppliers and subcontractors needed to produce and support the Saab 9-3 Sedan, around 2,400 companies globally. Production of the 9-3 with a 220 hp engine and choice of manual or automatic transmission began in December at the modest rate of about ten cars a week, and the pace will gradually increase to meet demand.
The electric car based on the Saab 9-3 will be launched this year, with China as the first market. Nevs’ partner and part owner Qingdao has initially placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 electric cars. Nevs says they will develop their customer base to expand into more markets where they “see potential for growth and profitability.”
No word on whether the company’s plans include the U.S. market. While the assets and intellectual property connected with the Saab 9-5 developed by GM were not included in the company’s purchase of Saab, just the fact that the suppliers are once again producing parts for the 9-3 Sedan increases the possibility of aftermarket support for Saab vehicles here. For more information: http://www.saabcars.com.
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