Saab looking for more manufacturing partners, says CEO Victor Muller

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 19, 2010

How Spyker’s Saab will do in the future depends on its ability to partner with more manufacturers and if it will be able to reduce the number of cars it has to sell in order to break even, according to Spyker CEO Victor Muller and Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson.

At the Reuters Global Auto Summit, Muller and Jonsson said that by teaming up with automakers to share vehicle platforms, the company will be able to reduce costs. Muller said that talks are ongoing with potential partners but he declined to identify them.

He also said that there are talks with a “few” potential partners to share its new Saab 9-3 platform. Jonsson disclosed that Saab has set a goal to break even at sales of 85,000 cars each year.

However, he said that presently, Saab has to sell more than 100,000 vehicles to break even. Saab targets sales of 80,000 cars in 2011. In November, Saab reduced its 2010 production target to 30,000 to 35,000 cars whereas in August, it had set a sales target of 45,000 vehicles.

Muller added that in 2014 or so, Saab wants to debut a smaller car that is inspired by its previous teardrop-shaped models. But Muller said that this would only happen if it if finds suitable partners.

Muller clarified that what it envisions for this car is that it will have "the DNA of the original product" but won’t seem too retro. [via autonews - sub. required]

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