We've brought you reports on the Saab 92 supermini project before, which you can read here and here. The brief overview goes like this: Saab is reportedly working on a successor to the company's original 92, pictured above. The vehicle will slot in below the company's 9-3 in terms of both price and size. Saab's chairman Victor Muller noted that a hybrid will be part of the plans and we should expect to see the 92 sometime in 2013 or 2014. That is, if it gets the green light from the company and if a partner is found. That brings you up to date, but the latest news pouring in now suggests that Saab is in talks with BMW to partner on the 92 project.
According to the report from Swedish daily Dagens Industri, Saab and BMW have made contact and are openly discussing a partnership on the 92 project with a formal meeting scheduled for the end of this month. The report suggests that the Saab 92 could be built on BMW's Mini platform. Reuters contacted both BMW and Saab for comment on the matter. A BMW spokesman replied with:
And a Saab spokesman answered with similar restraint, stating that the company is looking for "possible partners" but did not indicate that any discussions took place with BMW. Furthermore, the spokesman for Saab added:We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology. There are no contracts with Saab at the moment.
The denials are pretty standard stuff and in no way should this lead you to believe that Saab and BMW don't have something going on. In reality, a deal could be inked in days, despite both automakers denying any discussions. We'll bring you an update on the possible Saab-BMW partnership as soon as we hear more.We are concentrating on the 9-5 and the 9-4X. A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not in our business plan though it would be on our wish list.