The new 2014 Saab 9-3 went into production back in December 2013 and there are not too many differences from the initial third generation version which started production in 2011 and ceased production when Saab went bankrupt.
Saab is now under the ownership of National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and one of the main differences over the previous version is the exclusion of the familiar 'Griffin' Saab badge which has been replaced by a new logo. Other changes include a new anti whip-lash seat system and a lot less GM parts.
Initially the car will only be available in its home country of Sweden and China, as it is mainly focusing on the Chinese market. It has yet to be seen if it will become available for the rest of Europe and North America.
The 9-3 is initially only available with the same 2.0L 220bhp petrol engine as the previous version and an electric model is expected at some point later this year. Prices for the 9-3 begin at 279,000 SEK (£26,125) and are available in both manual and automatic transmissions.
Kai Johan Jiang is the founder of NEVS and he had this to say: "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,".
The Saab 9-3 went into production in 1998 and we have a full Saab 9-3 review which you can view by clicking here.
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