Saab 93 to be made in Turkey
There is a deal, a great deal between NEVS and Turkey.
– ‘We bought Saab 9-3’s intellectual property rights, but not its name,’ says Turkish science, industry and technology minister
ANKARA – A senior minister said Thursday Turkey has bought Saab 9-3’s intellectual property rights with the goal to develop a Turkish branded car.
“We bought Saab 9-3’s intellectual property rights, but not its name,” Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isik told Turkish TRT Haber (TRT news channel) on Thursday.
“The brand [of the car to be developed] will be a Turkish brand, it will not be Saab,” he said. “We will develop the technology in Turkey.”
Isik said that, once in mass production, a “minimum 85 percent of car parts will be produced in Turkey”.
The news comes two days after Isik unveiled three prototypes of the first Turkish-made car. This unveiling was commented by Turkish dailies that noted that the car’s general structure was in fact inspired by Sweden-based SAAB’s 9-3 model and that the front section was influenced by the U.S.-based Cadillac’s BLS model.
Turkey, which is working to produce its own car, had two choices according to the minister’s comments on TRT Haber: to do everything by itself, something which would take three to five years and about $1 billion in spending, or to cooperate with a well-known brand.
Isik said that the talks with Saab to buy the intellectual property rights of the Saab 9-3 model had lasted six months.
“I cannot give figures,” Isik said, adding it was a “very affordable cost”.
Isik said that Turkey’s main goal was to advance in the field of extended-range electric vehicles. “This (the [Saab 9-3] will be a platform for that goal and we began developing it,” Isik said.
The minister said that the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) will assume the leadership of the project, but “the cooperation with National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) that developed Saab 9-3 will continue.”
In 2020, Turkey will take to the streets a car “everyone will be proud of,” Isik said.
Press Release: Nevs supports Turkey in the development of a Turkish national car
TÜBITAK, (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) which has been assigned to develop “Turkish National Car” and realize this important mission, has chosen National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, Nevs, as the industrial partner for the project.
The cooperation has started in June 2015 between Nevs and TÜBITAK and future industrial synergies in terms of development and manufacturing shall be generated with this cooperation. In the short term perspective this cooperation shall put Nevs’ assets to work and shall give Turkey quick access to extensive automotive knowledge and experience.
Nevs shall also provide its know-how in the developing of the business plan and establishing of the supply and distribution chains to TÜBITAK.
Together with the new shareholders Tianjin and SRIT, the partner Teamsun as well as the cooperation with Dongfeng Motor, the cooperation with TÜBITAK is an important step in building up Nevs as a strong automotive company with industrial, technological and financial partnerships.
“I am very proud to have this strategic cooperation in place. Turkey will be a long-term partner and we will both gain a lot from this cooperation. With Turkey’s focus on electric vehicles we also see this as an important step towards our vision of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future”, said Mattias Bergman, President of Nevs.