Rumor: BMW and Saab to Agree on Engine-Purchasing Deal

News | September 27th, 2010 by 12

Back in June, Automotive News reported that BMW ans Saab were in talks regarding a BMW engine for new small car that the Swedish automaker …

Back in June, Automotive News reported that BMW ans Saab were in talks regarding a BMW engine for new small car that the Swedish automaker wants to build. A report issued today by Bloomberg speculates, based on inside information, that the two companies have agreed on a deal that allows the Sweedish automaker to use engines made by BMW.

Initial deal involves BMW engines for the small Saab 9-3 model that is scheduled to be launched in 2012. The carmakers plan to announce the pact in Trollhaettan, Sweden, on Sept. 29, before the Paris Motor Show.

Previous reports also mentioned 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. BMW’s Mini Countryman platform is rumored to be part of the deal for a smaller 9-2 model. The engine Saab will buy is a new 222 horsepower motor that BMW is developing and has yet to put in any of its cars, says Bloomberg.

Saab 92 1950 655x4911BMW Chief Executive Officer Norbert Reithofer has been looking for opportunities to sell components to other manufacturers to boost revenue. BMW, the world’s largest luxury- car maker, agreed in March to supply more than 240,000 six- cylinder diesel engines, cooling systems, and transmissions to Carbon Motors Corp., which is developing a police car for U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Other smaller companies like Wiessmann, are also using BMW engines.

The tear-drop shaped 9-2 car, inspired by the legendary Saab 92 model that was produced from 1949 until 1956, is rumored to appear in 2014.

12 responses to “Rumor: BMW and Saab to Agree on Engine-Purchasing Deal”

  1. FreudeKing says:

    Saab most certainly have chosen the best engine supplier in this world.

  2. Hugo Becker says:

    Inquiring minds want to know . . . is it a three cylinder two-stroke that BMW will provide for the future 9-2? ;-)

  3. wazon8 says:

    Good choice for Saab. I hope that their sale numbers will grow after this cooperation, because of – firstly – BMW’s profits and – secondly – originality of Saab brand.

  4. Very wise from Saab – if you can’t beat them, join them! BMW is light years ahead of most in engine technologies.

  5. okeribok says:

    Could this also result in BMW engines for Spyker cars?

    • Hugo Becker says:

      That would be neat – currently they’re using an Audi V8. The Spyker are about as anachronistic a car as you can find. Almost ‘steam punk’ – but in reality more like a ‘jazz age’ interpretation of a modern supercar. The nice things about Spykers in the US is that they are truly EXCLUSIVE

  6. X5SoB says:

    This would be the best of all mergers, how about a mega corporation that would read:MINI, Saab, BMW, Spyker, and Rolls Royce. VW eat shit!

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