17 Mar Saab is Back – Sort Of
Saab Is Back – Sort of
We can expect a new logo since everyone’s favorite Swedish automaker filed for bankruptcy at the tail end of 2011. The automotive community went into collective mourning; every automotive publication, website and TV show dedicated time to the passing of Saab.
Saab produced some solid vehicles but surely some of you would hardly call them special? But to say that, would be missing the point entirely. The Saab name carries with it strong brand recognition. When we think of the Swedish automaker we think of models like the Aero 900 Turbo, the 99 Turbo and even the mad 9-3 Viggen.
Cars that weren’t necessarily the best in class, but vehicles that were unique, quirky and brilliant fun, and when these machines died out, the company quickly floundered.
This year, 2017, Saab will come back from the dead, and yes, they are coming out with some brand-new cars that will be electric and/or hybrids. The first EV will be based on the Saab 9-3 platform and may be available in China and Sweden by 2017.
The following year, NEVS, who currently owns SAAB, is planning to debut four more all-electric models, including a sports car, SUV, crossover, and a fastback. The cars will be assembled in Tianjin, China. This follows plans from a summer announcement that NEVS would work with China-based automaker Dongfeng Motor Corp. to develop electrified vehicles. Dongfeng has worked with electric-vehicle leaders Nissan and Renault as well as Honda, Kia and Peugeot. This come back will redefine Saab’s purpose in the market while entering an internationally growing field of electric vehicles.
GB Autos is a proud member of The Saab Club of Canada and offers all Saab owners 10% off on all service.