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Saab, BMW in talks to develop new 9-2 model, paper says


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Automotive News Europe -- June 11, 2010 10:31 CET

Saab is in discussions with BMW AG to use its engines and transmissions – and possibly BMW's Mini platform – for a new version of the 9-2 model, a Swedish daily reported.

Contact has been made between Saab and BMW over the 9-2, Dagens Industri reported, quoting an unnamed source. A meeting is scheduled to take place at the end of June, the paper said.

Saab Chairman Victor Muller said earlier this month that he is in talks with automakers to share technology and a platform for a new car inspired by the tear-drop shaped Saab 92 model that was in production between 1949 and 1956.

“Discussions are already ongoing,” Muller told Bloomberg News on June 11. “That will be on my plate for the next 100 days.”

General Motors Co. sold Saab to Dutch luxury sports car maker Spyker earlier this year for $400 million.

Muller told Bloomberg today that Saab is “talking to various parties” about sharing technology as a way to lower costs. Muller declined to say whether he is in discussions with BMW

BMW would not comment specifically on the Dagens Industri story.

"We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology," a BMW spokesman said. "There are no contracts with Saab at the moment."

Saab spokesman Eric Geers said the carmaker is looking for possible partners but also declined to comment on the report. "We are concentrating on the 9-5 and the 9-4X," Geers said. "A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not in our business plan though it would be on our wish list."

BMW diesel engine

Dagens Industri said there are also plans for BMW to supply a diesel engine for Saab's 9-4X midsize crossover, which will be built at a GM plant in Mexico starting in April 2011 and launch in Europe at the start of 2011.

Spyker is hoping to restore the fortunes of the iconic Swedish brand, aiming to more than double yearly sales to 85,000 by 2012.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100611/ANE/306119984/1265#ixzz0qYOGwcoc

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I even see BMW's new small 3 and 4 cylinders used in other SAABs (specifically the 9-3 and even the 4-cyl 9-5) and not only this 9-2. It could/would help, together with MINI and the FWD BMW, to make a stronger business case for the FWD application of those engines. Cool! Good stuff!

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So Saab is claiming its independence by building 2 sedans on GM platforms, a copy of a Cadillac SUV, and is planning a Saab version of the Mini. What's next, a Saab version of a Subaru Impreza? Oh wait....

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