2014 Saab 9-3 Production Officially Begins
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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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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