Automotive News reports that BMW and Saab are discussing about potential collaboration for a new small car that the Swedish automaker wants to build. As part of the agreement, BMW will provide Saab with engines, transmissions and a platform.
The information has yet to be confirmed by BMW, sources close to the company say that negotiations will take at least two months.
The collaboration will revolve around the production of a tear-drop shaped car, inspired by the legendary Saab 92 model that was produced from 1949 until 1956. To keep the mystery and secrecy around this new model, Saab said in an official statement: “We indeed are looking for alliance partners but no cooperation with has been confirmed at this time. A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not currently in our business plan though it would be on our wish list.
BMW gave a similar canned response: “We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology. There are no contracts with Saab at the moment.”
On a different note, the report says that there are also plans for BMW to supply a diesel engine for Saab’s 9-4x midsize crossover which will be built at the GM plant in Mexico. The car will launch in 2011.
[Source: Bloomberg via Auto News ]