2014 Saab 9-3 Aero officially unveiled, goes on sale next week

2014 9-3 Aero 03.12.2013
2014 9-3 Aero 03.12.2013

Has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine

Saab has officially unveiled the 2014 9-3 Aero.

Looking instantly recognizable, the car is virtually identical to the facelifted 9-3 that was introduced in 2011. Despite the similarities, the model lacks the distinctive griffin logos - which are controlled by Scania and Saab Group - on the hood and wheels.

Detailed performance specifications were not released but the company confirmed the model will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 220 HP (162 kW). It can be connected to a manual or an automatic transmission.

According to National Electric Vehicle Sweden President Mattias Bergman “It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years. It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to and will make a difference with our partners and customers. Our electric car will be launched next year, and already today we can offer Saab cars with continued high, proven performance and quality”

The 9-3 Aero will go on sale in Sweden on December 10th and pricing starts at 279,000 SEK ($42,880 / €31,510 / £26,125).

Source: Saab

Production of Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan has started in Trollhättan

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has started production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a petrol engine. Sales are initially focused in China with a small number of vehicles being sold directly from Nevs to Swedish customers via the Nevs’ website.

The car that is produced is a high-spec Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with a 220 hp 2.0-liter turbo, a previously recognized high-performance engine of the Saab cars.

“I am very proud of the dedication and the focus that Nevs management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan, and who have made ??this possible. Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group’s focus on green technology is our strength for the future”, said Kai Johan Jiang, Nevs founder and main owner.

“It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years. It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to and will make a difference with our partners and customers. Our electric car will be launched next year, and already today we can offer Saab cars with continued high, proven performance and quality”, said Nevs’ President Mattias Bergman.

Nevs’ customers will be offered a first class and engaging customer experience. They will also be offered the opportunity to come to the heart of the Saab car brand in Trollhättan to take delivery of their vehicles. While doing so, they will be invited to visit our highly efficient factory with experienced and competent workers and the Saab Car Museum where they can get a flavor of our brand and vehicles.

To ensure a solid ownership experience we intend to offer service and parts distribution in partnership with Orio AB (formerly known as Saab Automobile Parts AB).

In less than a year, the purchasing organization has built partnerships with the suppliers to the Saab 9-3. Nevs now has partnerships with all around 400 suppliers needed for the Sedan model. All in all the Nevs’ start of production engage around 2,400 companies globally through the suppliers.

“It's been an intense year committed to ensuring Nevs’ start of production. I see our established partnerships as a trustful beginning of the long term and strategic relationships we want to build together with our subcontractors”, said Nevs’ Purchasing Director Per Svantesson .

To ensure our high quality and the supply chain functions, the production rate will be very modest, about ten cars a week initially, and then gradually the pace will be increased to meet customers’ demand.

The electric car based on the Saab 9-3 will be launched in spring 2014, with China as the first market. Nevs’ partner and part owner Qingdao has initially placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 electric cars with delivery starting in spring 2014.

Sales in Sweden, via Nevs’ website, will start on Tuesday, December 10. The price is 279 000 SEK with manual transmission and 289 000 with automatic transmission. Additional specifications purchase and delivery conditions are presented when the sale starts.

Over time we will develop our customer base to expand into more markets where we see potential for growth and profitability.

Nevs’ vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future. Our aim is to be a front runner in the automotive industry, with focus on electric vehicles, where China is our initial main market. The pace of change towards cars powered by fossil free fuels will increase and China currently has the most ambitious efforts for electrification of the vehicle fleet.

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MikeE MikeE
...and it looks exactly like it did years ago. This will be short lived. Audi upscaled. Peugeot folded in The States. Volvo is barely hanging on. ...and now Saab wants to make a comeback & they come equipped with the same, dated design. WCF, stop wasting my time.
Jan 9th, 2014 4:16am
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tumbo tumbo
Even if this car is old, I'm really glad that they are back!
Dec 9th, 2013 2:29pm
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coopergt coopergt
Please make the 9-5 wagon
Dec 6th, 2013 10:16pm
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Renyeo Renyeo
Idon't understand: but why?
Dec 6th, 2013 5:18am
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saabyurk saabyurk
For those who don't know, the Swedish price includes a 25% VAT which USA customers wouldn't pay if the car were available here. That makes it $34,304 in USA dollars. Quite a bargain in my opinion for the Aero model. And since they are only making 10 a week, they will find buyers. The purpose of this production is basically to get a supplier chain in place, and to have a working production line and experienced staff when real production of an EV and an updated model starts next year.
Dec 5th, 2013 2:31am
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afterace2 afterace2
40 grand LMAO.
Dec 4th, 2013 3:46pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
tooo expensive
Dec 4th, 2013 12:15pm
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Is the engine their own? Great news. Hope they resume the 9-5 production as well
Dec 4th, 2013 2:40am
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wcfuser20252 wcfuser20252
Don't count on it. The 9-5 chassis is shared with GM cars that are still in production. GM isn't giving any other company the rights to make it so don't hold your breath.
Dec 4th, 2013 5:30am
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Max_Speed Max_Speed
Who in their right minds would buy this? For the same amount you can get an German sedan which has up to date tech. It could be this is just "beta testing" for the electric version.
Dec 4th, 2013 2:39am
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dickerin dickerin
It is essentially beta testing for the EV. It should also provide them with some cash flow from sales in China and Sweden. There are people that would prefer a Saab over a German sedan.
Dec 10th, 2013 10:16pm
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isaacu isaacu
What about the new '9-5'? Surely we are waiting for it. Saab logos should have been procured via the Swedish government.
Dec 4th, 2013 2:27am
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
Really big cojones. It's an outdated car retailed at a price comparable to any 2013 new release competitor out there. We have the lexus, the infiniti, the bmw. Soon, mercedes and audi should present their versions in the mid size class.
Dec 4th, 2013 12:31am
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Alfa_Tifoso Alfa_Tifoso
well its first car after 2 years, what did you expect to see?
Dec 4th, 2013 12:39am
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applejack76 applejack76
It should come with a year supply of Swedish meatballs.
Dec 4th, 2013 12:57am
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
hlaf the price...the only costs for this car are the direct manufacturing ones, no development no nothing to ask top end price...2l turbo 200hp is something a decade old cars were bringing to the game
Dec 4th, 2013 1:47am
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Gile Gile
I agree with all the arguments pointed out here... but I guess that Saab sees 9-3 as an premium brand competitor and they want to keep it on that price level although it is an aged car. If they would offer it now for let's say 22-23k Euro, that's more of a Mondeo, Insignia and Laguna price range. And then when the new model comes out, they would have to price it almost 10 thousand Euro more. Now I'm not a market research expert, but I guess that wouldn't go so well with potential buyers. Perhaps it is better for Saab's reputation to sell less cars at a higher price, maintain the premium image and then introduce the new model, than to chase the profits and sell 9-3 cheap.
Dec 4th, 2013 1:33pm
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tomi.ro tomi.ro
I think the current mondeo/insignia are better than that 9-3 in any aspect, so even that price is outrageous. But we'll see what the market decides. Will there be stupid people out there to spend +30.000 euro for it? I understand your point and i've already thought of it. My interest doesn't lie with what the manufacturer wants. Their first and foremost objective is to charge as maximum as possible for anything to maximize profits, and not the correct price, the honorable amount of money for a given product.
Dec 4th, 2013 5:19pm
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CarsCarsCars CarsCarsCars
@Gile I second your sentiments.
Dec 10th, 2013 7:59am
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Gile Gile
I think it is primarily done to preserve the brand image. Despite the fact that they will not make any significant profit with the current 9-3 (or even lose money) they probably see it as a long term investment. Only Saab and the investors know what numbers lie behind this
Dec 4th, 2013 9:51pm
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