Saab Is Back From the Dead: Official

Well, not Saab as we recognise it and not with the Saab name. So, the headline is a bit misleading.

2008 Saab 9-3: zombidrive.com
2008 Saab 9-3: zombidrive.com

NEVS who own the assets of Saab are going to supply lots and lots of electric cars based on the dead-then-not-dead Saab 9-3 body. You can read the statement here. This is the first paragraph: ” National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) and the Chinese company Panda New Energy Co Ltd. have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. According to the agreement, Nevs will provide Panda with 150,000 9-3 sedan electric vehicles until the end of 2020. In addition, the agreement also includes 100 000 other EV products and services from companies associated to Nevs and its owners. The total value of the agreement is 78 billion RMB.”

That’s about 37,500 cars a year if sales start in 2016. Panda New Energy specialise in leased, chauffeured cars so that means that these 9-3-based vehicles will be functioning as urban runabouts where the range limitations of an electric battery pack in a palaeolithic chassis will not be such a problem.

This is good news for the people of Trollhattan and also very good news for all those owners of Saab 9-3s who now have the supply of most replacement parts assured in perpetuity. It’s a shame this didn’t happen to the Citroen XM. I badly need a new pinion valve. It’s also good news for anyone at Volkswagen who badly needs a new job, few questions asked. Here is a massive list of open jobs at NEV. Perhaps experience with diesel engines might not be much help.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

6 thoughts on “Saab Is Back From the Dead: Official”

  1. I keep hearing these stories Richard … but it never seems to actually transpire. Let’s hope this one has some substance. I actually think the electric is (assuming it’s good) is more in keeping with SAAB heritage than the “we’re making the fastest saloon car” image that many people have erroneously applied to SAAB. TESLA (is it capitalised as an acronym?) is far more in line with the SAAB technological innovation than GM managed.

  2. You’re probably right about the power-train. If they sell those 150,000 cars then maybe they can think about a bespoke platform. I think this time the production lines will roll.

  3. This is, as Richard states, very good news for latter-era Saab 9.3 owners, assuming it’s actually going to happen this time. Here in the Republic of Ireland, these cars still have a strong following – particularly in diesel form – (road tax on petrol models is extortionate).

  4. I was a big supporter of the Saab -Spyker venture, but since that went down I have lost faith. If NEVS ever will build cars, it will happen in China I fear. The Saab connection is totally lost; the Chinese venture lost the licencing rights for the name (rightfully…. thankfully) by going bankrupt miserably. Probably we can already predict their next bankruptcy: when the Turkish government and/or the Chinese partner jump ship like all previous partners have done before.

    1. In a way I understand your unhappiness. I too wanted to Saab to come back, making the a compact, five door with robust build and great usable performance: imagine a 1980s Porsche 911 in a shape remininscent of a 99. That won´t happen. As it is, I´m happy there´s some hope for the Saab people in Trollhattan.

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