On this episode of As the Saab Turns: Bankruptcy administrators have bidders, and one of them might be a German carmaker!

According to a post on Saabs United, "6-7 serious bidders" are trying to snag the remains of Saab. One European company "is German and located in Munich," according to the report, which notes that whatever company wins the Saab deal won't necessarily be the high bidder, but the package that looks the most capable getting Saab back in the car building business.

For its part, Germany's AutoBild suggests that the actual number of interested parties numbers around 14, though it isn't immediately clear how serious all of those parties are, though the Chinese are said to remain in the mix, as is an Indian concern.

It's no secret that BMW plans to expand its product portfolio, including building more fuel-efficient, front-drive cars. Could a joint BMW-Saab ( or Mini-Saab) platform – shades of the Cadillac BLS (albeit hopefully better!) – come out of such a deal? Or will the Swedish bankruptcy court reveal that it has a Chinese mistress, one that's trying to blackmail General Motors? Tune in next week...


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      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW could very well be the best parent as long as they play up the 'SAABness'. Their FWD vehicles then wouldn't be distributed as BMW'S and dilute the brand, no more ghastly GT BMW hatches, AND... hatchback SAAB's!
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like a very good move for BMW, SAAB would bridge the gap quite well between MINI and BMW and cut a lot of development costs for MINI. Not to mention, BMW ownership would give a lot of needed credibility to the SAAB brand and lure many past customers back.
      pngrant54
      • 2 Years Ago
      As already stated BMW was going to sell their Mini engines for the 9-3 replacement. It could be that this could be a very good tie in with Mini. For years since BMW has owned Mini it has had difficulty making a profit on them. They had also been looking at another brand for a long time. Merging Mini and Saab together might be a way to share in costs, allow for larger platforms for both Mini as well as BMW. Another thought. Perhaps they see a good platform in the proposed 9-3 (Phoenix Platform) that has been developed by Saab. Also Saab has been an established brand and has had a developed dealer network in the US and in Europe. This could be could be a fit for this other brand BMW has been looking for that would not enchroach on BMW. They could fit Saab into the lower price range below BMW but above Mini.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please BMW save SAAB!!! and whip them back into profitability!!!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I said many, many months ago that BMW should buy Saab. It would be a good fit for a company known for RWD cars. It would let them have a lower end brand (FWD) that would slot above Mini but below the BMW division.
      Jack Westland
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW save and resurect Saab? I have always been a fan of the quirky turbocharged madness that is Saab and with BMW doing all kinds of wrok in the turbocharging feild lately, Saab could be an extrememly positive and CHEAP beneficial outcome. Even amidst the chaos that has been Saab trying to stay in the game and all of the uncertainty, I have been rooting for them, becuase I know that if they managed to dig themselves out, some prety amazing products could take place. Man I would love to see this happen...
      artig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not particularly fond of the idea of Chinese running Saab. BMW however seems interesting, a manufacturer that could actually contribute to Saab not only money-wise but with technology as well. Another great benefit would be the status BMW brings to the mix. As opposed to the what far-eastern deal could or would.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be a good move for BMW. They could finally sell full size, cheaper front wheel drive cars without diluting (further!) their core market.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprised - much cheaper to cherry pick the best bits from a liquidation sale. Hopefully it doesn't go Chinese, but it'd nice to see Saab back on the road in some form whoever buys it.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they just want the factory to add capacity.
        artig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Thought of that too. But the article *hrm* rumour, has it that these 6-7 paties are interested in acquiring all of Saab. There's another ~7 wanting parts of it. So would it make sense of BMW buying the whole of Saab just to get the factory? And what would they build? Next-gen FWD, different named, sub-1series cars? Or perhaps since they seem to churn out new MINI models all the time, perhaps the Country-cabrioman-sports-cooper-special?
        Talis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        That is a good point. It is not being reported what parts of SAAB are being bid on. It is also a very likely possibility that the more viable companies (like maybe BMW) would only what select parts of SAAB, like the capacity, and dealer network. A counter point would be that BMW could just buy the factory(s) out right and not be saddled with the SAAB left overs...
        RDL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        I for one hope that, no matter who buys Saab, the bidding winner resurrects the Saab Variable Compression (SVC) technology (anyone here remembers that?): http://www.autozine.org/technical_school/engine/Ignition_Compression.html#SVC
      benzaholic
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's Madness, I tell you. Sheer Madness.
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      This makes perfect sense. And I hope that the new 93 comes to market. From the pictures and renderings, just what I was looking for. Other than reliability, my old 93 was my favorite car. And that against 3 E classes and a LS 430. Loved the hatch and it had so much room for a small car. If BMW built it, I would buy it.
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