Saab owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), says it is aiming to finalise negotiations "in the next few weeks" with around ten suppliers as it looks to tie up its component plans.

The Trollhättan-based automaker will start production towards year-end of its petrol/diesel 9-3 model to be followed by an electric version next year."

"We have a number [suppliers] - ten or so where we are still negotiating - we need to finalise those negotiations in the next few weeks," said NEVS vice president purchasing, Per Svantesson, at last week's FKG Annual Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg, hinting at a slightly more precise date for a 9-3 restart.

"We will in fact start production just before the end of the year. We need to be very humble for this type of plan. I can't say which week or day, but we will have everything in place before the end of the year.

"We have a fantastic opportunity to start a car company from scratch. How often do [you] have the chance to do that?"

Svantesson insisted "one of the biggest component producers in Europe" had recently visited to discuss payment conditions and having gone "through our accounts," had declared NEVS a credit-worthy company.

"We will start fairly softly - 400 suppliers will deliver 2,000 articles [parts] and we have done this in a very short period of time," said Svantesson, although adding: "There will be teething problems."

Addressing the FKG delegates directly in Gothenburg, Svantesson added: "So come and get to know us. I am very surprised at strong support we have received generally in Sweden and outside Sweden.

"We believe we have been given a fantastic chance to create a new manufacturer."

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