30 thoughts on “The very first Nevs 9-3! (updated with more pictures)”

  1. Those are different seats!!!!
    They look a little bit like 9-5 gen I 2006- seats.
    And what about that headrest? aren’t they allowed to use the SAHR 2 headrests ?

    The leather looks like better quality than the leather used during the GM-days.

    Are the interior plastics brown??

  2. A very great day indeed. The way they described the customer experience with factory and museum visits is simply wonderful.

    They understand the importance of taking good care of the Saab heritage and I think they will be able to pull it off with great results.

    I wonder if Swedish companies can lease it for their employees?

  3. I love the way the new emblem fits to the engine, simple and classy. No SAHR on front seats anymore ? I guess Qingdao would be the first to welcome these 9-3 Aero in the street.

    • I think I remember reading that the supplier that had made the seats before had gone out of business not long after Saab went bankrupt, so I am not surprised they needed a new supplier. But it does not look like this new supplier is using the SAHR design for the headrests. If true, that is one great Saab designed safety feature that I would certainly miss.

  4. Very excited to see them pull this off! Please post the specs when they are made available. Assuming it still uses the same engine management software. What are the substantive differences, parts wise, between this 2014 and the version that Spyker last produced 2 years ago? Beautiful car – wish them all the success in the world!

  5. At a first glance the front seats look indeed a bit dodgy, and not to Saabish. The silver head rest supports looks bulky, and the head rest seems to be fixed, so why do something like Volvo and incorporate them in the head rest?

    I really don’t hope that GM have nicked the SAHR-system, or maybe these seats have an even better whiplash protection?

    Any why is exciting to see Saab-cars being produced again, and it will be even more exciting in the spring when the facelift comes, go Nevs!

  6. At a first glance the front seats look indeed a bit dodgy, and not too Saabish. The silver head rest supports looks bulky, and the head rest seems to be fixed, so why do something like Volvo and incorporate them in the head rest?

    I really don’t hope that GM have nicked the SAHR-system, or maybe these seats have an even better whiplash protection?

    Any why is exciting to see Saab-cars being produced again, and it will be even more exciting in the spring when the facelift comes, go Nevs!

  7. WSJ: Saab Brand to Make Its Latest Comeback. In the article, it says, “In a report submitted to Swedish tax authorities, NEVS said it incurred a loss of 121.4 million kronor on sales of 13.5 million kronor for the nine months spanning April through December 2012. Current-year financials aren’t available.” Sales? Of what, and to whom?

    It also converts SEK 279,000 to roughly $42,600. Is this in line with the list price of the 2012 9-3 Griffin? To a US reader that will sound overpriced, but perhaps in context it’s not so much.

    • Which in Sweden is right around the price of a base Mercedes Benz CLA, base Mercedes C-Class, base BMW 3-Series, a little more than a Volvo S60.

      But it’s probably going to be better equipped (at least I hope so) since it is the Aero trim. I wonder how Nevs is hoping to place the 9-3 in the market, in comparison to the other major brands I mentioned. Especially with the prices of the others being right within the range of one another.

    • Lucien: They let the dealership network become a shambles by not spending a few dollars to communicate with the respective managements and make a firm decision about selling cars here again, which should have occurred over a year ago (not selling the cars, but the commitment). So at this point in time, there aren’t enough outlets to sell the cars any longer. It’s now a yeoman’s task, instead of just a restart. That’s one of the consequences to awarding a functional factory and car line to an inexperienced group. They had dreams, not plans. Hopefully they’ll get their feet under them and eventually return.

  8. Congratulations to the people of NEVS to pull this of. Great news also to Trollhattan and the workforce and their families. As for the 9-3, it is still looking good and since it’s has the European certificates it’s also possible for us to buy one in other countries of Europe. Good move to sell directly by the internet!

    But the big angle of NEVS will not be the car, it is their PR and story telling about the brand SAAB.

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