Saab History

Saab Design: Saab 9-3 Mk1 (NG900)

Designer Geoff Wardle and 1998 Saab 9-3 Mk1 prototypeDesigner Geoff Wardle and 1998 Saab 9-3 Mk1 prototype

On the top, very rare picture, you can see Designer Geoff Wardle working on a preliminary 1998 Saab 9-3 scale model in 1993, just one year before the launch of the Saab 900 NG. The NG 900 was principally the work of Norwegian designer Einar Hareide and Björn Envall (head designer for 9000), and evolved from their first prototype, the EV-2.

Influenced by General Motors (GM), in 1994 the “New Generation” (NG) SAAB 900 SE, based on the Opel Vectra chassis, was introduced. While this design contained styling cues reminiscent of the classic Saab 900, the Saab 900 NG was fundamentally a different car. The second or ‘new’ generation Saab 900 (also referred to as the GM900 or NG900 among enthusiasts) was built on GM’s GM2900 platform as a replacement for the “classic” first-generation Saab 900.

Full-size styling model for the hatchback and wind tunnel scale model for the convertible:

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Saab 900 NG prototype, Full-size clay model
Saab 900 NG prototype, Full-size clay model – Saab EV-2 Prototype

The Saab EV-2 Prototype was an internally released concept car that built to set the design direction for the new generation Saab 900 (NG900), which went on to be produced from 1994 until 1998

The engine, gearbox, suspension, electrics and electronics were all developed by Saab for the new vehicle and after 4 short years of development and testing the “new generation” Saab 900 debuted in July of 1993 in Trollhattan and arrived in 1994 and marked a clear departure of the classic Saab 900 era that lasted 15 years.

Saab 900 NG interior
Saab 900 NG interior

More about this project can be found on this page.

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Saab Heritage

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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