STOCKHOLM — Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish carmaker rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in southwest Sweden, on Monday.
National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Hong Kong-based company that bought the brand out of bankruptcy in September last year, presented its new 9-3 Aero Sedan as the first in a series of new cars it will produce.
The company, also called NEVS, said the first 200 cars will be delivered in the spring and will cost $42,500 each. Next year, it will also launch a 9-3 wagon, followed by convertible and electric models.
Saab shut down production in April 2011 after six decades of building cars as its earlier Dutch owner, Spyker Cars, struggled with financing. It filed for bankruptcy in December the same year, dealing a huge blow to the Swedish town of Trollhattan and the company's 3,000 employees.
NEVS now employs around 600 people, including many former Saab workers, and acting president Mattias Bergman said he felt "incredibly happy, proud and humble" that the firm has been able to restart production.
Bergman wouldn't give any forecast of how many cars NEVS expects to sell, but said they will start on a small scale and adjust production based on order intake.