It's almost exactly a year since we were over start of production Report of the old Saab 9-5 in China. As a Shenbao D series, the newly designed Sweden veteran in the People's Republic sells well, which is remarkable. Because the base comes from the year 1997.
However, the D series has been revised so thoroughly that no relationship to our vehicles is recognizable. Only under the hood, there is still a Swedish turbo heart. It is the B205 engine that is now manufactured by BAIC in China. With a displacement of 2 liters, it delivers 200 hp and its brother, the famous B235, turbocharged 235 hp. They are flawless Saab machines equipped with the Saab Trionic. The B205 is still being discussed in Trollhättan as a machine for the revised Saab 9-3, and the rumor persists with remarkable tenacity. We will soon see whether there is substance behind it… But that is not the point and the possible comeback of the old engines today.
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For the Beijing Auto Show in April, NEVS wants to present the electric Saab 9-3. He will not be the only electric car with Swedish roots. Because the former Saab 9-5 is to make its debut in Beijing, also electrified.
Interesting that both companies pursue different approaches. NEVS uses Saab 9-3 Lithium Iron Phosphate Technology (LiFePO4) batteries for a range of 200 kilometers. BAIC installs lithium ion storage in the Shenbao D-Series, just as Tesla does and comes to 150 kilometers.
These batteries, as we know them from notebooks and smartphones, are not unproblematic because of their energy density and their heat balance when they are in the automotive industry. The former 9-5 is powered by an 55 PS electric motor and is said to reach 130 km / h top speed. The price will be calculated at 36.000 €. No data is known about the original from Sweden, the 9-3.
Interestingly, the production figures. 10.000 Shenbao D-Series BAIC plans to build electric vehicles this year, 20.000 to become 2015. In China, the political will to electric mobility prevails, because the planning seems real. From Trollhättan so far nothing is heard. No production plans, few technical data.
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The Saab electric cars are said to be in Quingdao in a just emerging Saab assembly plant be completed. It is not to be feared that the Saab 9-3 and the Shenbao D-series will contest market share. NEVS limited with the dealer network for the time being on the region around Quingdao. There live 100 millions of people. That should be enough for the market launch.