• Aug 2, 2010
Feast your eyes on the newest bit of rumor from the creative crew at AutoExpress. The site claims that BMW and Saab are looking to shack up for the production of a new 9-2 based on – you guessed it – the Mini Cooper. The idea is to create a new compact Saab that can go toe-to-toe with Audi's new teacup fighter, the A1, while lessening the burden of development costs for Saab's parent company, Spyker. According to AE, the news came to light during an interview with Saab head honcho Victor Muller, though the direct quote merely suggests that the company will look outside of itself for a little help with chassis development.
The idea of a Mini-based 9-2 doesn't hurt our feelings one bit, and it would seem to make sense for BMW to want to reduce the cost of developing the next-generation Cooper/1 Series by joining forces with another company, and this isn't the first time we've gotten word of such a partnership. But until we hear something a little more substantial from either Saab or BMW, we'd suggest downing this one with a hefty grain of salt. Head over to Auto Express for a look at two renderings.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That rendering is so far off the mark. Castriota would NEVER draw that. Where's the "teardrop" shape we keep hearing about? Looks like a Volvo C30.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that would be so cool! I would love to see SAAB fly back with big sales increases and a dealer lot full of desireable vehicles. take that GM!
      • 4 Years Ago
      bring back the saabaru! (i know thats impossible at this point)
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should hire whoever did those renderings, that car looks hot as a SAAB....
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the car Saab must build to come back from death's doorstep.

      If this actually happens and it looks like the sketches (not this silly mini/saab hodpodge) I will be first in line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sure hope it is more reliable than the MINI.
        • 4 Years Ago
        darex: I'm glad that yours has been reliable. Unfortunately, MINI's reliability has been near the bottom of every quality survey. A quick gander over at http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/ shows that more than a few MINI owners have not had as good luck as you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My 5 year old MINI has had ZERO issues. So much for your informed commentary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting. I can dig it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm definitely on board with this idea. My only reservations are the headlights. I'd like to see them remove the round-ness of them completely. I know there has been talk of taking design cues from old Saabs like the 1950s 92 with its teardrop shape and rounded headlights; but if you are going to build it off the Cooper architecture, I would think it would be best to steer clear of any retro styling. I would rather they look more towards the Aero-X for inspiration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dig it highly. I hope the rendering is accurate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...so can I. I don't know where these renderings came from, but it looks like a cool little hatch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully they can do a better job with the interior than what BMW gives the Mini these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe that Spyker wants to call it the "92" (ninety two) in homage to Saab's first passenger car of the early 50's . Not 9-2 (nine two)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totes agree. SAAB jumped the shark when they added the hyphen. "Look, we're just like BMW, and we name our cars so you know exactly which BMW we think our gussied-up GM product is most like. Please believe us."

        That, and the GM V6. That was the thin end of the wedge that brought us to the 9-7. But we all know this. As someone said, non-SAAB people will buy this just so they don't have to look at the Jules Vern mini interior (or drive an Audi). Nothing but good can come of this. And no, it's not a cynical attempt to lower fleet gas milage. It's an attempt to enter the world's largest car segment, what's it called? Sub B, supermini?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I too have heard that this car is meant to be sort of a homage to the 1950s 92 but they may be better off going with "9-2" (nine two) for current branding consistency.

        Either way, it would be a nice addition to Saab's line-up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First the Saabaru 9-2x, now the Sini 9-2. What? Saab can't deliver a small car of their own? Evidently, they have forgotten from whence they came! Erik Carlsson must be rolling over in his grave. Borne from jets my arse!
      • 4 Years Ago
      awesome, i'd much rather take a mini badged as a saab than a pos iq badged as an aston.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree also, don't like the min' retro interieor, sounds like a good plan to use the mini chasis for the new saab mini. Gonna be a great drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only reason aston is doing that is to keep the gov off their back about the mpg average on all cars they sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ditto. I hate the interior of the mini with all my guts. I'd actually consider a saab version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone else not see the irony? BMW wants to work with Saab so it can fight with the tiny upcoming Audi? Saab is owned by Spyker which uses which engines? Wait for it....AUDI engines!!
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