Saab test vehicles have been touring Europe for some time. Exactly one week ago vehicles of the test fleet were sighted in Germany. There was a denial from Trollhättan. Original sound:“… We only have electric vehicles!”The half-life of this statement was quite short, as press chief Mikael Östlund confirmed today. The Saab 9-3 will come with petrol engines.
This confirms Östlund, which is currently at the auto show in Shanghai, what we have known for some time. The TTELA, the local newspaper in Trollhättan, speculates that the petrol engines should come from a Chinese source. A speculation that we do not comment on. Or should we preclude as a precaution? We leave the point open. It is clear, however, that NEVS stacks deep. The development in Trollhättan is more advanced than it seems, and Saab 2.0 only lets news to the public in small doses.
What's not a bad strategy would not be Saab customers waiting for concrete news and making purchasing decisions. A little more openness would be helpful from time to time, even for the dealers. The plans for the new factory in Quindao are now taking shape, and Östlund expects a timeframe of three to five years before the first new vehicles will roll off the production line. In concrete terms, the current Saab generation will only be built in Trollhättan.
Good news, because for the first time the petrol engines were confirmed by NEVS. Only the final question for the true Saab fan remains, which inevitably arises: does the gasoline engine also have a turbo? He has.