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Saab in talks with BMW, others on 92 model

Automotive News Europe -- October 14, 2010 06:01 CET

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Saab is in talks with BMW AG and other automakers to use their underpinnings for the proposed 92 entry-premium model, the head of Saab owner Spyker Cars NV said on Wednesday.

Saab also has carmakers, including Asian players, interested in potential licensing of the platform for its new 9-3 lower-premium model, Spyker CEO Victor Muller said.

"We're in constant dialogue with a number of players to share the (9-3) technology. There are parties that are interested in talking about possible licensing of the technology," Muller told Reuters in an interview.

"Every boardroom of every carmaker now has one major concern; How can I drive my breakeven point down? The quickest fix is to sell and share your technology because it's already been paid for," he said.

In return, Saab is talking to BMW and others about getting their platforms to make a car below the 9-3, such as the proposed 92, which isn't included in the company's business plan. The car's design would emulate the teardrop shape of the original 1949-56 model.

"Clearly we have a preference, but whether it's BMW, I can't tell you," Muller said. "BMW would make a wonderful partner."

Spyker struck a deal with BMW last month under which BMW will supply four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engines for the new-generation Saab 9-3 starting in 2012.

The deal will help Spyker, which wants to sell 120,000 cars a year starting 2012, get new technology despite its negative shareholder equity value when liabilities surpassed assets in June.

Muller said he is "pretty confident" that Spyker will meet its forecasts for selling 45,000 units this year and 80,000 units in 2011.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101014/ANE/310149986/1265#ixzz12LSzCoea

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