National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the new buyers of Saab , have said that they want to continue to build cars in Trollhättan – Sweden though the primary market will be China.
“We have a world–class plant and a lot of expertise in this area. That is decisive element,” said NEVS chairman Karl-Erling Trogen.
The first of the electric Saabs will be based on the on the Saab 9-3 model, and is expected to be put on the market in 2014, according to an article on the Bloomberg News website.
Interestingly, the new buyers have purchased the patents for the 9-3, but not the 9-4, 9-4x, or 9-5, reports SaabUnited.com. GM has refused to supply parts for the 9-4x following any change of ownership, according to MotorTrend.
Though the market for EVs in China is still small, NEVS hopes the addition of state-of-the-art Japanese electronics and battery technology — in addition to the power of Saab’s brand — will help give the project legs wheels.
Saab, the maker of the 9-5 sedan and 9-4X crossover vehicle, hasn’t built cars since last year following an initial production halt in March 2011, and it filed for bankruptcy in December.
Saab has been unprofitable for most of two decades, and GM, which acquired full control of the manufacturer in 2000, sold it in February 2010 to Dutch supercar maker Spyker NV.