The Saab website has now come back online with NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) outlining its plans to rebuild the Saab Brand.
Back in September the long-running Saab Saga was finally concluded, with the sale of what’s left of Saab after Victor Muller’s little adventure saw Saab left as nothing more than another defunct icon brand from the annuls of motoring history, with NEVS taking control of Saab.
The plan is to build a range of electric cars in Trollhattan and China, initially based on the Saab 9-3 platform but eventually developing the Phoenix platform in to the basis for Saab’s future.
Now, five months on from the completion of Saab’s sale to NEVS, NEVS has a new Saab site which confirms the plans to push Saab back in to relevancy and to recruit staff for Trollhattan from the beleaguered workforce that one bolted together the Architect’s favourite cars.
NEVS confirms on the Saab site that it is working to develop the Saab 9-3 in to a production electric car which will hit the market in early 2014, after which it will eventually be replaced by an all new electric car based on the Saab Phoenix platform.
What NEVS also confirms is what we reported back in September – that the Saab 9-3 will return with a petrol engine – as they are working to return part of the 9-3 range to production to get Trollhattan up and running again and provide a revenue stream. How they’ll do that, or where they’ll get the engines from, is not yet clear.
But at least things are moving forward for Saab.