Thursday 18 January 2018

Saab back on the road – again

Eddie Cunninham

THE numbers may be ‘small and humble’ but it is good to see Saab has re-started production as the Swedish maker comes back from the dead – again.

Saab’s new owners, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), began production of the 9-3 saloon this week at the Trollhattanfactory.

The first cars have a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine |and are being made for the Chinese and Swedish markets.

An electric version of the |9-3 (using batteries developed in Japan) is planned for next year.

Around 600 work at the assembly plant in Trollhatten now, down from around 3,500 when it went bankrupt.

Saab had made cars since 1947 but filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2011.

It was previously owned by General Motors before |it was sold to Dutch |sports car group Spyker in 2010.

NEVS is 22pc owned by the Chinese city of Qingdao.

Irish Independent

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