New Saab 9-3 Production Begins Humbly

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All-electric models to eventually replace initial batch of gasoline variants bound for China.

One new preproduction model was rolled out back in September and now the Saab 9-3 has finally restarted series production. The carmaker's new owners, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), has reportedly said output will resume at a "humble" pace. Over time, there is capacity to ramp up production in line with demand. All the new 9-3s built at the firm's Trollhattan plant in Sweden will come powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit that motivated the pre-collapse cars.

Next year, production will switch to all-electric versions. The first batch of cars has been presold to government agencies in China where NEVS plans to begin the first phase of the 9-3's reintroduction. A new 9-3 for Europe is expected to launch at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. As part of the initial takeover agreement, the new 9-3 cars will be badged as Saab. However, NEVS cannot use the Griffin badge nor can it rename itself to Saab.

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