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2010 Saab 9-3X – Click above for high-res image gallery

While newly emancipated Saab has some fresh product in its near-term pipeline, it's fair to say that the biggest challenge for the Swedish automaker over the long haul will be the development of costly new technologies and platforms. To that end, Spyker CEO Victor Muller has let slip to Automotive News Europe that Saab is actively looking at technology sharing arrangements with other OEMs – and they aren't just looking in former parent General Motors' direction.

More to the point, Muller says that Saab has already been contacted by around a half-dozen OEMS, including "some German brands," although the unnamed Deutsch companies are said to exclude Volkswagen and Audi. Saab presently has production and intellectual property agreements in place with GM to keep fresh product flowing through the rollout of its next-generation 9-3 in 2012, but after that line launches, it could receive parts developed from outside partners, including things like new powertrains, and potentially down the road, platforms.

In other company news, GMAC has been selected as the preferred source of financing for Saab franchises, providing a bit of continuity to the company's dealer base, as GMAC was also a major source of new car financing under GM. You can read the official announcement after the jump and check out our newly expanded gallery of the soon-to-launch 9-3X below.

[Sources: Automotive News - Sub. Req., Saab]

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GMAC to provide financing for Saab dealers and customers

* GMAC chosen as financial services provider to Saab Automobile
* Preferred source of wholesale and retail financing for dealers and customers

Trollhättan. Following its successful launch as an independent company, Saab Automobile announced today that it has selected GMAC Financial Services as the preferred provider of wholesale and retail financial services for qualified Saab dealers and customers in many different countries around the world.

Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile AB said: "Today's announcement is excellent news for the Saab organization as a whole and also for Saab's customers. It not only makes available competitive financing, but also provides valuable continuity for the dealer network which already uses GMAC services."

Bill Muir, GMAC President said: "We are delighted to be able to build on our strong relationships with Saab dealers and customers, and we look forward to working with Saab as it begins a new chapter in its history."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      GMAC? Good luck getting anything financed through that disaster of a financing arm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. They're pursuing a horribly mismanaged finance company like GMAC? What's the over/under on Saab once again going under? And, I am a 20-year plus Saab fanboy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As predicted, SAAB will become a small company with uncertain future that must beg for technologies around the world.
      They will pay very high each technology external to GM world!
      No one in that bastard world will provide at low prices truly innovative technogies that costed years and money to develop.
      If the Germans are "interested", is only because they see in SAAB not a patner but just a possible customer for costly components.
      Sad to say but SAAB has nothing to offer to other manufacturers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That front looks like its wearing catfish whiskers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The Germans that are interested are probably Opel. After all, GM still owns a large amount of the new Saab."

      Why would Opel want Saab? GM bought Saab for it's technology + to get more market share (failed at that last part). Saab has absolutely nothing that GM doesn't, and GM could easily hand over any tech that Opel wanted from Saab if they haven't already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not fond of wagons, but that is one good looking car. Would like to see what it looks like without the two-tone color scheme though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could see one of the German carmakers partnering with (or buying) SAAB if the next few years for the brand turn out decently (to prove that they are still viable in the marketplace).

      SAAB could be a near-luxury brand for someone like Mercedes or BMW.

      Clearly the Mercedes and Chrysler merger was a huge disaster, and one part of it was corporate culture... both SAAB and M-B being European automakers that might make them mesh better. And it would provide a way to improve their fuel economy numbers by offering a FWD car line without having to alter their higher-end offerings.
      Or if someone like BMW bought SAAB, they could be the middle-ground division between FWD Mini and RWD BMW with almost no overlap in terms of product.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you look at the artist rendering of the future hatchback or so called Mini Killer. You can see that it is in fact a current generation Mini with a face lift. BMW won't be using this platform after 2013 so the tooling ill be available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Germans that are interested are probably Opel. After all, GM still owns a large amount of the new Saab.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The article mentions Germans other than GM companies.