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Report: Saab pondering tech partnership with Germans, picks GMAC as official financer

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2010 Saab 9-3X - Click above for high-res image gallery

While newly emancipated Saab has some fresh product in its near-term pipeline, it's fair to say that the biggest challenge for the Swedish automaker over the long haul will be the development of costly new technologies and platforms. To that end, Spyker CEO Victor Muller has let slip to Automotive News Europe that Saab is actively looking at technology sharing arrangements with other OEMs - and they aren't just looking in former parent General Motors' direction.

More to the point, Muller says that Saab has already been contacted by around a half-dozen OEMS, including "some German brands," although the unnamed Deutsch companies are said to exclude Volkswagen and Audi. Saab presently has production and intellectual property agreements in place with GM to keep fresh product flowing through the rollout of its next-generation 9-3 in 2012, but after that line launches, it could receive parts developed from outside partners, including things like new powertrains, and potentially down the road, platforms.

In other company news, GMAC has been selected as the preferred source of financing for Saab franchises, providing a bit of continuity to the company's dealer base, as GMAC was also a major source of new car financing under GM. You can read the official announcement after the jump and check out our newly expanded gallery of the soon-to-launch 9-3X below.


Gallery: 2010 Saab 9-3X

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[sources: Automotive News - Sub. Req., Saab]

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SAAB doesn't have the money to develop an entire vehicle on its own, so having a product development process as a 'system integrator' is a necessity. And an interesting approach too!

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