The Turkish Saab project is still alive

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.

Prototype of the Turkish electric car on Saab base
Prototype of the Turkish electric car on Saab base. Photo Credit: Zorlu Holding

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.

6 thoughts on "The Turkish Saab project is still alive"

  • At that time it was said the Cadillac was the better 9-3, that I never understood. But it's great what flies through the world today for a Saab DNA!

  • A source of joy & satisfaction

    I can't get any negative aspects from this message (thanks Tom). I don't care at all whether and what is ever built or not. Licenses and derivatives are not new. There is no shortage of their present and history in automobile construction ...

    The decisive factor is that hardly anything has ever been licensed or revived, which would not have been enough for such a measure or project. On the contrary, almost exclusively automobiles, motors or platforms deserve their spurs, to which one - where and for whatever reason - has successfully conceded or at least attempted a certain reincarnation.

    Against this background, the Turkish project is quite simply a kneel before the 9-3. I like that.
    Shall you do it and we look from a safe distance, if and what will become of this homage.
    I already feel a certain satisfaction and joy regardless of the result ...

    And something like that happens to me in every message about the whereabouts and the current
    Using SAAB DNA, which I take note of again and again with great pleasure.
    Most recently it was news about the current life of a really good engine ...

  • Does that mean the Turks want to sell the car under any brand on markets other than Turkey? Who outside Turkey should buy something like that? That would have to be a special bargain

  • I already see millions of Turks driving in a NEVS ...

  • One of the five body styles to be the convertible!
    Then you can finally buy the 9-3 convertible in electric version.
    That is the sensation for then ... if it happens that way.


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