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Spyker holds talks to build new version of 1950s Saab model

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Spyker holds talks to build new version of 1950s Saab model

Automotive News Europe -- May 28, 2010 09:21 CET

STOCKHOLM (Bloomberg) -- Spyker Cars NV, Saab Automobile's owner, is in talks with automakers to share technology and a platform for a new car based on a 1950s Saab model, CEO Victor Muller said.

“Discussions are already ongoing,” Muller said in a telephone interview on his way from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Saab's plant in Trollhaettan. “That will be on my plate for the next 100 days.”

The new small car would be tear-drop shaped, inspired by the Saab 92 model that was in production between 1949 and 1956, he said, declining to say with whom he's been negotiating.

Spyker, the Dutch maker of supercars, bought Saab in February from General Motors Co., completing a 14-month effort by GM to either unload the company or close it down.

Saab, which begins selling the new 9-5 model May 31, has spent the last three months restarting production and severing the GM ties.

“Saab is going to have to reignite interest in the brand, go back to its core values” of the 1980s and 1990s when it appealed to “creative” professionals such as architects, said Ian Fletcher, a European automotive analyst at IHS Global Insight in London. “Muller has to be optimistic.”

Saab sales goals

Saab aims to sell between 50,000 and 55,000 cars this year, of which 17,000 would be the new 9-5, Muller said. Next year Saab targets sales of 100,000 cars, including 40,000 9-5s and about 10,000 9-4X, a midsize crossover SUV to be built at a GM plant in Mexico starting in April 2011, he said.

Spyker, after considering the U.K. and Sweden, is leaning towards moving its stock listing to Stockholm from Amsterdam, Muller said, explaining just a fraction of its business remains in the Netherlands.

“I'm very optimistic about it,” Muller said of the Stockholm listing. “99.5 percent of our business is Swedish, is Saab, and we do feel that a listing in Amsterdam clearly is no longer logical in any way, shape or form.”

Saab aims to reach an agreement with a Chinese distributor within a couple months, he said, denying media reports this week that Saab and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. have reached a distribution deal.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100528/ANE/100529846/1265#ixzz0pEc7bdWz

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SPYKER TALKING TO PARTNERS FOR NEW SMALL SAAB

By Andrew Ganz

Dutch automaker Spyker’s CEO, Victor Muller, says that his company’s Saab unit is in talks with a number of automakers about partnering on a small car platform for a sub 9-3 model aimed primarily at the European market.

The car, which Muller says will reincarnate Saab’s original 92 teardrop-styled model, has been one of Muller’s main priorities since he took over the small Swedish automaker earlier this year after General Motors tried to shut it down.

“That will be on my plate for the next 100 days,” Muller told Bloomberg in a phone interview regarding the new model.

“It’s like musical chairs in the car industry,” Muller said. “Everybody is sharing everything with everyone.”

Muller didn’t name any potential partners for the project. He has indicated in the past that partnering with other automakers for platform development is an essential cost-saving move in order to keep Saab afloat as the only independent mainstream automaker.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/spyker-talking-to-partners-for-new-small-saab.html

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Spyker Searching for a Partner to Build Modern-Day SAAB 92

Friday, May 28, 2010

Saab's automobile range may be expanded in the near future with a new small car inspired by the Swedish firm's teardrop-shaped 92 model of the 1950s if the company's CEO Victor Muller gets his way.

In a telephone interview with Bloomberg, Muller revealed that his company is in talks with automakers to share technology and a platform for the modern-day 92 or in Saab's current lingo, the 9-2.

While Muller declined to say with whom he's been negotiating, the owner of Spyker Cars NV said that the new 9-2 would keep the teardrop-shape of the original model that was in production between 1949 and 1956.

"Discussions are already ongoing," said Muller. "That will be on my plate for the next 100 days."

If Saab's boss manages to close a deal with an automaker, we'll probably have to wait another two to three years to see the final production version of the Swedish firm's retro-answer to BMW's MINI and Fiat's 500.

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/05/spyker-searching-for-partner-to-build.html

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Intrepidation    848
Spyker, after considering the U.K. and Sweden, is leaning towards moving its stock listing to Stockholm from Amsterdam, Muller said, explaining just a fraction of its business remains in the Netherlands.

Cool, so then Saab really would be Swedish again.

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ocnblu    776

Hey GM, how about letting them use the platform under the next Corsa? (OMG, is that Gamma?)

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