As expected, as we announced here, Saab officially announced today that it reached an agreement with Bmw for the supply of engines to be used in the next-generation Saab vehicles. This means that Bmw will supply Saab with 4-cylinder 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engines from 2012, when the revamped 9-3 will be introduced.
According to the latest reports, it appears that Saab is also in talks with Bmw in order to use the MINI Countryman platform for its smaller 9-2 model.
Saab Chairman Victor Muller said that this new model will be inspired by the tear-drop shaped Saab 92 model that was in production between 1949 and 1956. It is expected to make its debut in 2014, and it will be designed by Jason Castriota, the U.S. designer known for creating the Ferrari P4/5 and Maserati GranTurismo.
Saab Automobile chief executive Jan Åke Jonsson expressed pleasure in the new agreement between his company and BMW. He remarked that BMW’s engines as well as their innovations in terms of fuel consumption are considered as a benchmark in the premium vehicle segment.
With the deal, Jonsson said Saab is looking forward to integrating BMW's engine technology into its next-generation vehicles. On the other hand, Saab Automobile Chairman Victor Muller described the supply agreement as a major step forward for the carmaker to becoming a profitable independent luxury carmaker.
He remarked that Saab will still capitalize on its engineering expertise while working with the very best partners. He added that the partnership will allow both Saab and BMW to explore further opportunities in the future.
Ian Robertson, Executive Sales and Marketing Director of BMW, quipped that the agreement with Saab marks an important milestone with regards to its Strategy Number ONE, which partly entails expansion of BMW's powertrain sales business around the world. He noted that BMW's engines are superior to rival powerplants in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and performance.