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The premiere of the Turkish e-Saab in December

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We have been following the development of a Turkish national car project based on the Saab 9-3 platform for several years (more specifically, the first news appeared back in 2015). According to earlier announcements, Turkey’s Saab 9-3 was supposed to hit the road before 2020, but this plan has failed.

Now, according to new developments, In 2022, Turkey plans to launch an electric car with a range of 500 kilometers produced in Turkey as part of a national e-car project. And according to the same announcements, A first prototype will be presented in December 2019. This has been announced by the Minister of Industry Mustafa Varank.

as expected by the participants in this project, the Turkish electric car based on NEVS technology should be internationally competitive and change the entire automotive industry in the country. It is also considered a technology flagship project. The electric car should not be developed by the public sector, but purely private.

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Turkish EV test car based on Saab 9-3
Turkish EV test car based on Saab 9-3

also according to earlier news, five companies (Anadolu Group, BMC, Kıraça Holding, Turkcell and Zorlu Holding) have joined forces to form a joint venture. The managing director is a former Bosch manager. BMC is Turkey’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer, Zarlu Holding is one of the largest industrial and financial groups in Turkey, Turkcell is Turkey’s largest mobile operator, Kıraça Holding is also involved in commercial vehicle manufacturing and Anadolu Group is in the automotive sector with Isuzu, Kia and Honda networked. Overall, the companies want to invest about three billion US dollars in development.

Turkey’s e-Saab is approaching premiere: “Better than Tesla”

As early as 2015, Turkey had reached an agreement with NEVS, the new owner of Saab, to build the Turkish national car based on the Saab 9-3. At least 85 percent of the supplier components are to come from Turkey. A total of five electric model variants are planned. a sedan, a station wagon, a combined sedan, a convertible and an SUV. According to the ministry, mass production should begin in late 2022. A first prototype of the Turkish electric car was announced for December 2019.

“We do not see it as only a car project. This is a technological project that will transform the country’s entire automotive industry and boost the local automotive industry’s competitiveness in the international arena,” Varank said.

We will develop an electric vehicle which will easily compete with its rivals,” he added. The project has made good progress and everything is going as planned, according to the minister. Varank said that the prototype for the locally-produced car was likely to be unveiled at the end of 2019.

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Probably, the car will be offered for sale and hit the roads in the second half of 2022. People are waiting for this car. It looks like there will be demand for it,” he added

Turkish e-Saab prototype
Turkish e-Saab prototype

Turkish minister shares the prototype of national car with staff of Hürriyet newspaper

Last week, Turkey’s Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank showed the prototype of Turkey’s national car based on a 1:4 scale to Hürriyet Daily’s Ankara bureau staff and said that the visuals of the prototype were not made public as it was still a trade secret, Hürriyet reported on Saturday.

“Our car gets better and safer than Tesla’s car. They have to set up charging stations, but we put the charging station in the car thanks to an engine that extends the car’s reach,” he said.

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If the electric car starts selling in 2022, it will be exactly 20 years since the basic model Saab 9-3 began to be manufactured.

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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