An unnamed source has reported to Reuters that the Saab chairman has been in talks with BMW to use its engines and transmission in a new version of the 9-2.
Victor Muller, the chairman of Spyker and Saab, has said he is deep in talks with potential partners about a 9-2 platform. They hope to have a tear-drop-shaped model, similar to the 9-2 of the 1950’s.
Dagens Industri reported on Friday that BMW had plans to provide diesel motors for the Saab 9-4X city jeep that will debut in Europe at the start of 2011.
The two companies have made contact over the possibility of a partnership on the 9-2, which could be built on the MINI platform, the newspaper reported. There is a meeting scheduled for the end of June.
Spyker and BMW both declined to comment to Reuters.
"We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology," a BMW spokesman said to Reuters. "There are no contracts with Saab at the moment."
Saab said that they were looking for “possible partners”, but they too declined to comment on the issue.
"We are concentrating on the 9-5 and the 9-4X," Eric Geers said. "A smaller Saab below the 9-3 is not in our business plan though it would be on our wish list."
Earlier this year Saab was saved from General Motors when Spyker took the reigns for $400 million.