Production of the 2014 Saab 9-3 has officially commenced at the Swedish automaker’s plant in Trollhattan.
Saab announced that the 2014 model year 9-3 Aero will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 220 hp with initial markets targeting China and Sweden. It is currently unclear whether or not Saab will make a return to North America or other European countries.
“It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years,” said NEVS President Mattias Bergman. “It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to and will make a difference with our partners and customers.”
Joining the Saab model lineup in spring 2014 will be an electric 9-3 model. According to the automaker, NEVS’ partner and part owner Qingdao has placed an initial order of 200 electric vehicles for a pilot fleet. But for now, the standard gasoline-powered model will be on sale through NEVS’ website starting December 10 with the manual-equipped version priced from around $43,000.
“Our electric car will be launched next year, and already today we can offer Saab cars with continued high, proven performance and quality,” Bergman said.
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