Readers who have been following the blog for a long time might remember ... In September 2015, NEVS sold the License on 9-3 in Turkey. As a result, they also wanted to secure jobs and development contracts for their own company. Because Turkey planned no less than a national Volksauto car on Saab basis. But then it was quiet about the project.
But the electric car project in Turkey is still alive. Amazing, but the consortium of Zorlu Holding, Anadolu Grubu, BMC, Kıraça Holding and Turkcell continues to work on the project. The report both the deutsche as well as the Swedish website of Auto-Motor-Sport. If the message is correct, the project is in the meantime far behind the original plans. Originally, it was planned to go into production as both a purely electric and a range extender solution in 2020.
Now the presentation of the final design according to AMS information for the end of the year has been announced. The first vehicles will then run off the line three years later. With a range of up to 500 kilometers is expected. 85% of the added value should be of Turkish origin, 5 different body styles are in the works. Turkey sees the project as internationally competitive and as an alternative to the benchmark Tesla.
Saab project on 20 years old platform
NEVS delivered three prototypes in 2015, whose appearance is less reminiscent of the Saab 9-3 than the sister model Cadillac BLS. The platform used comes from the sedan of the 2014 model year. However, its origins date back to 2002, and it will celebrate its 2022th anniversary in 20. If the Turkish Saab project really came onto the market in this form, it would be a small sensation - and the electric car would be a kind of living fossil with Saab DNA right from the start.
NEVS originally planned to take over a large part of the development and bring the car to production readiness. 100 additional jobs should be created in Sweden. For Trollhättan, however, the project no longer seems to be an issue. According to information that is not up-to-date, NEVS is no longer involved; the members of the Turkish consortium continue to develop on their own. This could also explain the considerable delay.