Saab 9-3 running on gasoline could come next year

Saab 9-3 facelift - 23.2.2011
Saab 9-3 facelift - 23.2.2011

EV due in 2014

Saab is taking into consideration launching a gasoline-running 9-3 next year.

It was only last week when a NEVS spokesperson told Autoweek.nl that a conventional-powered model is a possibility before the EVs arrive. In an interview given yesterday to Automotive News Europe, a company spokesman confirmed that Saab might be relaunched next year with a new 9-3 running on gasoline.

Mikael Oestlund declared that "we are evaluating the possibility to start production around next summer of a 9-3 with a traditional powertrain." A decision will be made after the talks with the firm's former component suppliers.

The reason why Saab wants this is to raise funds and maintain the brand's awareness until 2014 when EV sales will commence.

Published Nov 20th, 2012 5:00pm By Adrian Padeanu
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inlinesix inlinesix
By next year the Epsilon platform that the 9-3 is on will be 11 years old.
Nov 20th, 2012 11:11pm
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JasonMann JasonMann
I am not sure why they wouldn't reach out to GEMA (unless that program is now defunct) nope still going http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Engine_Manufacturing_Alliance They could make a deal and get this going
Nov 20th, 2012 6:26pm
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