2014 9-3 Aero for sale in Swedish classifieds

Many former SAAB-dealers in Sweden has since the bankruptcy sold second hand SAAB’s, and many of them also purchased cars from the bankruptcy administrators so they had a stock of used SAAB cars.
As we know will Nevs sell the 2014 9-3 Aeros via their website, but now we have a former dealer of SAAB cars who want to sell cars from their showroom.

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The firm Northcar in Sundsvall, Sweden, have for sale a number of 2014 9-3 Aeros that they have ordered from Nevs. Northcar still have a SAAB workshop and sell spare parts for SAAB cars, and they have a showroom there they sell other brands. That you can now go to their showroom and buy a new SAAB tells me that they have faith in SAAB! The price is 5000 SEK higher compared to if you buy the car direct from Nevs, and you’ll miss the factory tour and experience when you collect your car in Trollhättan.
Since the car is registered in Sweden, you can have it registered  in others EU country as well, so if someone aboard want to buy a 2014 9-3 Aero, this is your first chance!

53 thoughts on “2014 9-3 Aero for sale in Swedish classifieds”

  1. That is great news!
    To see it has hit the swedish showroom(s?) is fantastic. Also, the price is approx. 50,000 SEK lower than a comparable BMW (328i – which has a 4-pot 2L turbo as well). And then to get the beamer to the same equipment level, you are looking at another 50,000…

    Just sayin’…

  2. If someone on here buys one, I (and I would wager many others) would love it if that person recorded and uploaded a YouTube video tour of the car and maybe a video of a test run. Then it would be great if they posted the link on SU for us all to view (especially for those of us in the US that may never see a brand new SAAB again). We’d much appreciate it.

  3. … The price is 5000 SEK higher compared to if you buy the car direct from Nevs!
    SAAB is a very big community, isn’t it.
    Your dealership is part of this community.
    Support your dealer, buy a car in their showrooms and do a factory tour later (maybe Saabsunited can organize this 🙂 )

    • £460 is a very small margin with which to give the level of service the typical Saab customer expects from a dealer, if you are not to fussed about the factory tour and have other demands on your time, buying from the dealer would seem a better deal.

      • Grumpy, I agree. 5000 SEK or 500 EUR is nothing for having a familiar sales person at the dealership you can go to if there’s a problem with your car. And especially after the warranty has expired…

        • We all know from earlier that when Nevs bought the rights to the 9-3 it did not include the drive-train from GM, and there is’nt annonced a new deal with GM, so my guess is that this is engines bought from the bankruptcy administrators.

          • Do engines “go bad” sitting on the shelf? I’m assuming no fluid is in the blocks—-so if it’s just the metal, I would think they could sit forever and not have a problem. I know if the car is already manufactured and you let fluids sit in the engine, transmission, radiator, steering pump, etc., seals can go bad.

    • As I replied to you directly Mark….it’s cute and all that you could go to the factory to pick your car up. But that could get kind of squirrely,, quickly. There’s an established, conventional way that people shop for cars. Might not be perfect—-but it’s what people are comfortable with and used to—-and for a small start-up to try to buck that can mean they’ll be swept away like a grain of sand from the beach, by the tide. People keep pointing to Tesla as the ”success story” that’s rewriting all the rules about how cars are made, how they’re sold, how they’re powered, etc. How many cars have they sold? What are their profits? Yep—let’s look at a Toyota business model for how a corporation makes hundreds of millions—–and let’s adopt some of what we know works. Dealerships please.

      • You make a good point Angelo but wouldn’t the answer lie in between those two business models. I’t’s all very nice to point out Toyota’s business model but NEVS has ONE, outdated, model to sell. How many dealerships will go for that? I think internet sales is a good idea for a practically custom-built car, but by no means deny cars to dealers who want some!

      • Saab tried the conventional route and they failed. Capitalism weeded them out. Bye-bye. So why should they try the same route again? That is a tactic taken by the insane (according to one over-applied definition, anyway).

        Tried that and it failed: Conventional cars with conventional ICE. Conventional dealership network. Conventional rebates and discounts and games and smoke and mirrors. Failed.

        Haven’t tried it yet: New propulsion technologies (not always exclusively plug-in powered, but that’s what they have in the shed out back to try for now). New retail model. New service model.

        People are comfortable and used to Toyotas. Why would they leave that behind? There has to be a compelling reason. I don’t think many will leave if they are presented with something very similar to Toyota experience -except- it is provided by Saab. It is going to take a killer feature to sell Saabs to many people, and that feature might be a retail strategy that sets itself apart from the rest.

  4. I agree with the premise that duplicating an approach that failed and expecting a different/better outcome is the definition of insanity. That’s why I’ve been advocating for a new target market for Saab—-which is younger buyers with less to spend on their new car. That doesn’t mean Saab can’t also sell at the higher end, but they need an entry level hatchback in the worst way and without a less expensive car that more people can afford—-it makes absolutely no difference if it’s EV or ICE, dealership or online purchases—-nothing will save them except the car itself and again, that car needs to be more affordable than any Saabs since the 9-2. If the Phoenix platform is so flexible, perhaps they need to concentrate on my approach to get more people in Saabs first—-then take the approach of building a premium car that a handful of people absolutely love—-but never selling enough of them to stay in business and make money with that model alone. And two more quick points: For anyone who says “An inexpensive hatchback is already being offered, too conventional.”—-my answer is that it’s not an inexpensive SAAB. THIS car I suggest would be an entry level Saab—-a marque with an upscale image built in. That is what would separate it from the Volkswagens and KIAs of the world. And the other complaint, that they can’t build an inexpensive car in Sweden and make money—-well if that’s true, someone needs to light a fire under NEVS feet to get a factory in China built immediately—-many months or years ahead of schedule—-to crank out the new small Saab I’m talking about. Cheaper labor, cheaper car, more sales. Period.

    • Boooo. People will pay if the perceived quality is there. If there is actual quality, well, that’s even better. I don’t think you will see people lining up to buy Chinese Saabs anytime soon. Not in the West.

      • The Buicks made in China are at least as high quality as the Buicks made in the U.S.A. Chinese factories are as good (or bad) as required to be competitive. They can make an excellent product there. And yes, people in the west will buy. Some 25 year old who can afford “the new Saab that looks cooler than a Golf…and it’s a SAAB!” won’t care that it’s made in China and in fact, might not even know it’s made in China. We’re very close to the situation and are car enthusiasts in general—-we know about suppliers like ZF—-we know who makes the engines, etc. Most buyers don’t even think about this stuff—-they think a car is a car—-and that the whole car is made by Saab (or whoever). It doesn’t even register with people that a certain brand might have an engine from a rival brand, or that the transmission is made by some other company in a different country, etc. I still believe that NEVS needs to consider high volume as a vital ingredient in their business plan—-and high volume isn’t going to happen with a $50,000 car. It needs to cost half that much (U.S. dollars) so it needs to be small, simple, costs kept down.

  5. Does the dealer in this case have some form of dealership agreement with NEVS or are they simply buying the cars on-line and selling them for what appears to be around breakeven unless they are getting some kind of volume discount?

  6. I very much agree with the 9-2 approach, (and call it a 92). SAAB’s traditional competition has leeped so far ahead while the Trolls were in hibernation that it’s unrealistic to stay in that territory. It would be wise to create an affordable fun car for the young and yound at heart and recreate a bus for the brand. Maybe NEVS could
    succeed where Toyota failed (so far) with Scion. Mind you, I am not against starting with the 9-3 which was readily available and offer a good mid-size semi luxurious car at a very competitive price. I only wish they could have refreshed the dash which still has that silly chrome trim that reflects in the windshield.

    • Yes—-and it boils down to what to attack first—-the high volume cheap car or the flagship bragging rights car that Muller built just before they went belly up. Best case is to introduce two at the same time, like Acura did when they started (Legend and Integra). I know the temptation is to build the car that the executives working for the company or owning it ideally would want as their own car. But honestly, that misses the business opportunity of building the car that is the right one to make the most money for the company. A small hatchback the size of a Mini Countryman might not excite the wealthy people heading up NEVS—-but going bankrupt by trying to compete with Mercedes won’t excite them either.

      • They have the government of Qingdao behind them – they will be fine for quite some time. This company is (nearly) exactly what the “Communist” party leaders wanted for their country.

        • Yes Baver, it’s a victory flag of sorts. I can’t blame them. They waited patiently for their economic power/might and leadership/dominance. Now they can afford to acquire big names from the West as their own and have players like Saab…play by their rules. People who believe this is some sort of “partnership” or even “consortium” are living in La-la-land. This is Chinese money and Chinese control. And that’s just fine—-“He who has the gold, makes the rules. Keep digging.”

  7. I think most people are missing the point of NEVS’s probable focus.
    China is the hottest market in the world and will be for some time. There are predictions that demand could be for an additional 100M cars by 2020 (the next six years).
    There are very generous government subsidies for EVs and stringent regulations to improve overall fleet gas mileage.
    There is no reason for NEVS to be concerned with the saturated western markets.

    • Serious multi-national corporations don’t leave money on the table. And seriously, the U.S. market for cars isn’t “saturated.” In fact, because of the poor economy, people have held onto their cars much longer than usual—-and already, we’re seeing significant sales increases as people finally buy new cars—-even though the economy is still sluggish. With a different President/policies and real prosperity, we’d be chugging along with a much better GDP and cars would be in even more demand here—-and that can happen with the right leadership—-and at that point, NEVS would be stupid not to take advantage of it. But if you’re correct and they will be content to only focus on China, then we’ll know that for certain in a short enough time and can all move on. I would say I’ll be convinced that they are staying out of North America for the foreseeable future—-if there is no firm news about a return by the end of 2014. By this time next year, they should at least be talking in generalities about which model year they’ll be selling cars again in the U.S.—-maybe 2015, maybe 2016? If not, we’ll know they’re gone and soon forgotten as more Saabs leave the roads. Then we can bury the corpse. But until then—-I have hope that they are serious enough to want to do business in a huge, relatively prosperous market.

  8. Wow. Although I admire NEV’s attempt to resurect SAAB (some say SAAB died after GM bought them) trying to sell a 10+ year old platform at $42k is almost as bad as trying to resurrect Chevy Chase in 2013 for a spot on Saturday Night Live. I almost want to pull a Howard Stern, “dont be stupid you moron” sound gag with the NEVS executives. Really man. This car was decent in 2002 but even in the Chinese market it doesnt compete with really anything. Resurrecting this is like it’s own SAAB Zombie Apocalypse but worse. It just wont die. I hope I am wrong but NEV’s shareholders will be screaming bloody murder when the investment reports come out. When I learned that NEVS was resurrecting the 9-3 I thought it was a very bad April Fool’s joke come late. This 9-3 was probably one of the worst interior jobs in the history of the modern automobile industry, peeling dash polymers, seats that discolor (mine did twice), and cupholders that easily break….

    • Yawn. How long is it going to take for you guys to understand that cars are a “bit more” expensive over here?
      An A4 with 180 hp FWD, leather seats and some upgrades was 380.000 SEK on the Audi site. That is roughly $57K!
      The 9-3 sounds like a bargain to me.

    • Seb: Saab was on life support before GM bought them—-and if GM didn’t step in, the plug was about to be pulled. I’m not the world’s biggest GM fan either, as evidenced by my many rantings here against them. But Saab would have been gone and forgotten 20 years ago if GM didn’t step in. Time for everyone to wake up and realize that. As for the 9-3—-NEVS needed to get cars back in production SOONER than this (ideally). Their only chance at all of getting cars available was either to forge a partnership with some other company and rebadge someone else’s car as a Saab—-or restart production of the 9-3. To be selling a car now, those were the only two choices. There is no way a new model could have been finished and on the line at this point in time. So picking between a rebranding of something or resumption of the 9-3, I guess the 9-3 wins out, for me at least. And the idea of staying out of the market until the Phoenix could be finished up—-would have been a complete non-starter. That would take too long—-and enough damage has been done already. They are doing the right thing as far as building the 9-3—-they are doing the wrong thing by not saying more about Saab—-and they need to be assuring people in no uncertain terms that Saab will be back in other world markets—-and should be projecting when that will be. Their communicative skills are horrendous. But their instincts of the factory restart, getting suppliers on board, building some cars—-all good.

      • This little untruth is oft-repeated and drives me nuts:
        ” Saab was on life support before GM bought them—-and if GM didn’t step in, the plug was about to be pulled. … Saab would have been gone and forgotten 20 years ago if GM didn’t step in.”
        Just a tiny bit of searching will reveal dozens of articles in major news publications back then describing an imminent deal between Fiat and Saab-Scania. Fiat planned on combining Saab with Lancia with whom Saab had a number of successful collaborations. However, GM somehow got the nod with a lower bid.
        I’m not saying things would have worked out better, but Saab wasn’t about to disappear. I’m not about to thank GM for anything.

        • In other words, FIAT planned on having Lancia absorb Saab. To me, that means Saab would have died. GM might not have handled things the best way they could have for Saab—-but Saab was a division of GM—Saabs were still sold as Saabs. GM did spend on advertising (crappy advertising, but the budget wasn’t nearly as bad as the creative executions were). There was still a Saab. Please link to one of the articles you mention—–a quick word search didn’t turn anything up regarding that possible merger. By the way, maybe NEVS can locate and dust off the Saab 600 plans and give me that entry level hatchback I want. Of course, if that car eventually became the 9000, I guess it wouldn’t really be a candidate for the entry level!

          • You might be right about being absorbed. Fiat’s main interest was Saab’s production capacity. Plenty of articles quoted here:
            saabhistory com/2008/07/29/the-fiat-acquistion-of-saab-scanias-car-division-1989/
            Fill in the dot.

          • It could be argued that things have worked out more strangely for Lancia than they have for SAAB. If you live in the U.S.(where Lancias are not sold), go online and take a look at the current Thema, Flavia and Voyager models. Do you see anything familiar?

          • The “what-if” game is a murky one at best.

            From the link saabyurk posted, it is clearly documented that both Fiat and Volvo were sniffing around. Maybe others as well?

            But yeah, Saab was probably struggling to find its identity for a while. However, that does not automatically translate into guaranteed failure post-GM given an owner with deep enough pockets to pay for _both_ advertising _and_ R&D. GM’s selection process leading up to the sale to Koenigsegg (and later Spyker) leaves many questions unanswered IMO.

            • “GM’s selection process leading up to the sale to Koenigsegg (and later Spyker) leaves many questions unanswered IMO.” True words my friend, very true words and I don’t think it’s even a matter of opinion—unanswered questions indeed.

  9. In The Netherlands a SAAB specialist, former SAAB dealer, has managed to get 3 SAAB’s 9-3 Aero’s for sale. (expected arrival May 2014) SAAB has still a strong base of specialist and former dealers who still sell SAAB. More or less the same as before the bankruptcy. Hope we will see more of new SAAB’s (EV, biopower and fuel cell technology)

    • the production total is very low 200 cars are shipped over to China at least. Production rate is 10 per week I thought (should be posted someware on SU)

  10. Indeed those are the numbers announced. That’s 20 weeks for the China cars. I know it’s a startup, but isn’t 10 cars a week a bit ridiculous?

    • At 10 cars a week, aren’t they triple checking every weld—-polishing the nuts and bolts before screwing them in—crafting these 9-3s like a Bugatti?

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