Saab Wants to Use the Mini Platform for the Saab 9-1

MINI | April 15th, 2011 by 2
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According to Autocar UK, Saab is lining up an audacious bid to buy the rights to the outgoing BMW MINI platform. Despite financial problems ,the …

According to Autocar UK, Saab is lining up an audacious bid to buy the rights to the outgoing BMW MINI platform. Despite financial problems ,the Swedish carmaker is moving forward with their plants to build a small car that will compete in the premium compact segment.

After securing a deal to buy MINI’s 1.6-liter turbo engine, Saab is looking to purchase the car platform as well, and the current MINI R56 is a prime candidate. BMW will begin to phase out the current Mini R56-generation platform in late 2012, when the all-new MINI 3, codenamed F56, is launched.

The new MINI 3 is based on a new front-drive platform developed by BMW in Munich and will compete against the Audi A1.

Saab Wants to Use the Mini Platform for the Saab 9 1

A different source related to Autocar that in 2013 MINI’s Oxford plant will be re-equipped with the new production line to build the MINI 3. Saab would then be able to use the R56 for its own 9-1.

Despite these ambitious plans, Saab continues to struggle financially. Production of the 9-3 and 9-5 has been halted twice in recent weeks, with suppliers alleging that they have not received payment from Saab.

[Source: Autocar | Rendering Worldcarfans ]

  • Giom

    I really wish Saab pul thruough. It’s just one of those names that cannot disapear. I hope BMW give them a good deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    Didn’t Spyker bought Slaab when GM dropped it ? Its an old name in the automobile industry but just like Oldsmobile and Pontiac, its better off dead.
    They always made odd-ball cars and had a small fan-base. In the sake of survival of others, Slaab should just quietly disappear. Very few people will miss them. I bet if they pull them back from the market, most people would not even realize it.
    Some of their cars weren’t bad but other makers making similar cars for less money. Spyker’s money is gone and it will risk their survival.
    The other Swedish brand for example Volvo makes similar FWD cars but makes them better. Both are far cry from BMW and MB Audi, more of an Opel Ford Seat Fiat competitor but if it must be odd style and Swedish, I’d choose Volvo. I just don’t see a reason to buy any of them. If I want reliability and appliance style I buy Japanese cars if I want bold big and pointless I buy American cars, if I want luxury elegance and prestige I buy MB , If I want a winter beater fast car – Audi AWD, and if I want the best handling most solid machine, I buy BMW.

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