- the last saab 9-3 ever built is being auctioned off, although its history is a bit more complicated than that.
- this saab, produced in trolhättan, sweden, in 2014, was built by national electric vehicle sweden (nevs), a chinese-owned company that acquired saab's assets after its bankruptcy.
- more details about the auction, which nevs says will take place in august, will be released later this summer
saabs were always an acquired taste, but the brand's many devoted followers may be interested in this upcoming auction of what's claimed to be the last saab 9-3 produced. general motors sold off saab to spyker in 2010, but the company went bankrupt in 2011 and halted production at its plant in trolhättan, sweden. however, that was not the end of the line for the saab 9-3, thanks to national electric vehicle sweden (nevs), which restarted production at the same plant for a short period starting in december 2013. chinese-owned nevs is now auctioning off a 2014 saab 9-3 aero that it says is the last of a batch of these 420 saab 9-3 sedans that were produced between 2013 and 2014.
powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 220 horsepower, this particular 9-3 aero has an automatic transmission and is finished in silver. it has 40 miles on the odometer and is claimed to have not been used since it was produced. it's essentially identical to the final-generation saab 9-3 sold in the united states, with the key difference the lack of a saab griffin badge, which nevs does not own rights to.
nevs will display the car at the saab car museum at a festival taking place june 7–9 before it is auctioned off. we don't have any details about the auction itself, which nevs says will take place in august, and we have no idea what kind of money this thing might command.
since it built these last gas0line-powered 9-3 models, nevs has also reworked the 9-3 into an electric car with 186 miles of range that it began building in china in 2017.