Saab owner NEVS is - finally - making a statement, which we can take as confirmation of the good news. Press spokesman Mikael Östlund did not choose the route via a fan blog, but gave the industry magazine “Automotive News Europe” an interview. The work is "practically ready“To start production of the Saab 9-3.
And he added very carefully that "it is possible to start production later this year". I consciously use the original text here so that you can hear the soft nuances. It has been confirmed that the new edition will be based on the 2011 model. There were no details about the engines, except that gasoline engines with turbo are used. If it goes to Östlund, then the new Saabs will be available in Europe and China. Very, very good news. Germany lies - that is undisputed - in the heart of good, old Europe. Saab replenishment for us is possible!
Only our American friends will have to wait a little longer ...
The good news does not leave. There is more! New models are in the pipeline, based on the Phoenix platform. According to Östlund, 20% of the platform must be modified to remove GM DNA. Although you have neither a schedule, nor have you decided when which model comes, but on the platform both larger and smaller models could be built. A few sentences later Östlund reveals itself. In 2016 they want to build 120.000 vehicles. This makes the schedule a bit more transparent.
The complete interview is available for reading at Automotive News Europe.
It goes ahead, and at NEVS ignites the turbo. Patience is still required, we should still remain calm and wait. But it is already starting to show itself: the SAAB comeback will be the story of the year!