You might wonder, why won’t they use the 9-5 architecture instead? When National Electric Vehicle Sweden bought over the assets from General Motors, many are not aware that it does not contain the newer stuff such as the last Saab 9-5 and the group has to rely on older tech.
In order to at least get some form of return on their investment, National Electric Vehicle Sweden plans to start production at the Trollhattan facility. They are hoping that General Motors are willing to cooperate with them and provide them with engines which is rumoured to be very unlikely.
If General Motors are not willing to cooperate and refuse to supply them, National Electric Vehicle Sweden has other options with engines from other brands. There was no mention of what brand they will be using.
At the moment, no one knows if it is even possible to start production of the Saab 9-3, together with sourcing for a suitable engine, in a realistic time frame. Additionally, how long would it take and how practical would it be to re-engineer another automaker’s engine so that it can be used on the 9-3.
As for me, I don’t think this whole re-launching thing for the Saab 9-3 is going to happen anytime soon and I am pretty sure that there will be some hiccups along the way.
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