For a company which has come back from the dead, Saab is certainly making a few headlines as of late. The Swedish, but Dutch owned European carmaker is reportedly in talks with German giant BMW to make the proposed Saab 92.
The Saab 92 is currently not on the company’s business plans, however there has been substantial rumours flying around about the model coming back to life. Saab owner Spyker Cars NV is said to be negotiating with BMW to use one of its platforms to base the 92 on. Given the small size of the 9-2, we can guess it will either be the Mini or the 1 Series platform.
However, whilst Saab is seeking platform technology with other manufacturers, it’s also looking at selling its new 9-3 platform to interested parties. This may perhaps be due to financial problems as the company’s liabilities surpassed its assets back in June.
“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, 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 ” Spyker CEO Victor Muller told Reuters
If Saab does go ahead with rebirthing the 92, it’s expected to pay homage to the original Saab 92 which was manufactured between 1949-56. Although Mr Muller won’t confirm if the deal with BMW is a go ahead, he did say that “BMW would make a wonderful partner.” BMW has already agreed to sell its four-cylinder engines to power the new 2012 Saab 9-3.
Saab is expected to sell 45,000 units this year with that number climbing to 80,000 for 2011 and at least 120,000 from 2012.