The first post-bankruptcy pre-production Saabs are being built in Sweden.
Saab parent company National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS) has confirmed it has resumed production of the 9-3 sedan after a two and a half-year long hiatus. For the time being, the company is building pre-production models that will not be sold to the general public.
"Today we have built the first car," said NEVS spokesman Mikael Östlund, "it has a serial number but it will never go up for sale."
The first post-bankruptcy Saab is a silver 9-3 that is nearly identical to the second-gen model found in Saab showrooms up until December of 2011. It features a black emblem proudly adorned by Saab's new logo, but it is not yet wearing the revised front end that will set the NEVS-built 9-3 apart from the examples assembled under General Motors' and Spyker's ownership.
As previously reported, the upcoming 9-3 will be powered by a gasoline-burning turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from the parts bin of an unspecified automaker. A four-door sedan will spearhead Saab's long-awaited return, but NEVS has not commented on the fate of the convertible and station wagon models.
Precisely when the 9-3 will return to showrooms is not known but, as enthusiast website SaabsUnited points out, NEVS has a history of not announcing milestones in advance. Rumors circulating around the Swedish media indicate the updated 9-3 could bow before the end of the year.
All images courtesy of SaabsUnited.