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Eduard Gray's Saab 92010 Sixten concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Saab has already talked up its hopes for entering the forthcoming 9-2 in a future installment of the World Rally Championship. But before it can, the 9-2 needs to exist. And before that can happen, Automotive News reports that Saab needs the technology and money from a partner automaker. A recent rumor surfaced that Saab was talking to BMW about building the 9-2 on the Mini chassis. At the same time, another rumor came to light that Saab was discussing using Mini engines for the next 9-3.

Now word has it that Spyker's Victor Muller is in talks with three companies about getting the help necessary to build the 9-2. Muller hasn't disclosed the companies' names, but we assume one of them is BMW. The hook is that the cost of the 9-2 wasn't included in the turnaround plan, so Saab needs its chosen partner to injects some cash as well. The model has yet to be officially confirmed, of course, so at this point, it isn't even clear that a teardrop Saab will get off the ground at all.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're getting the chasis from Mini and they're sourcing engines from Mini, why not just slap a Saab logo on MIni and call it a 9-2? Heck, it kinda worked when they did that with the WRX, right? No? Umm....ok, never mind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The more you make the cheaper production, pr unit get's so selling chassis to SAAB would not only be added sales but also cheaper production costs for Mini. That might bee a good thing with a little price reduction considering 9-2 will be a Mini fighter. Thus competing in same market better making the parts competing against you than having others getting that cash making parts for SAAB... For SAAB this is their chance to price it right and go against bigger markets in the small car segment, just don't price it to high compared to a Audi A3 ect...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like it would fit neatly on an Alfa MiTo. And the MultiAir 1.4 turbo would be appropriate too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful looking concept! I wonder how bad the production model will look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Saab!! It has to be made in Trollhatten though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They look like mini-veyrons :O
        • 4 Years Ago
        Less filing and less calories though!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do not see BMW fronting money for Saab to build a potential competitor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW sells to and co-develops its engines with other manufacturers all of the time. I don't think anyone believes BMW would be underwriting the costs of producing a Saab. Anything that BMW can do to offset its internal development and production costs is a boon in this environment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they would be better off with a turbo four from Ford or a NA Honda plant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd love to see an EcoBoost offering in a Saab, but let's keep the naturally-aspirated talk to a minimum. Saabs are meant to be turbocharged.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't the article say "suing Peugeot engines in the 9-2" since that's what's in the Mini?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a baby Bugatti Veyron!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes platform sharing helps cut cost for the one providing the platform but to assume that automaker to inject some cash to Saab so it can produce the body is a bit much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it's more like a loan... The cash is injected for the development of the car, and later on it works the other way around, with Saab sending a significant part of the profit of each sale back to the "parter brand". It makes perfect business sense.

        (...And they they'd be only competing if they fought for the same demographics, which -with the partial exception of Audi- even if on the same segment, I don't think they do.)
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