Saab has built two cars this past week.
Yes, Saab, most sincerely dead Saab, the (former?) Swedish automaker which hadn’t been able to build any cars in a couple of years, has briefly gotten the original assembly line in Trollhättan going:
At an internal event hosted by the NEVS management and with some specially invited guests, [Saabs United] being one of these, people gathered at the end of production-line and witnessed this historic event. A silver colored Saab 9-3 sedan had its engine started and systems tested before it left the final station of the production line and was rolled off with admiration by the spectators. A lot of people had gathered in the final assembly building and everyone felt that the Saab-spirit truly was alive.
NEVS — National Electric Vehicle Sweden, a Pacific Rim operation which acquired the remains of Saab last fall — doesn’t plan to sell this car, or the one which followed it down the line: this was a test run only, and production vehicles, which will vaguely resemble the last 9-3, are expected to use Saab’s presumed-stillborn Phoenix platform instead of leftover GM bits.
Still, those of us who’d bet against NEVS ever getting even so much as a pre-production line started are dining on stir-fry crow.