Spyker confirms talks with BMW over a future tie-up; announcement expected later this week
27 September 2010

Saab’s parent company Spyker has confirmed that it is in talks with BMW over gaining access to BMW technology and parts following press speculation.

The deal is expected to be rubber stamped on Wednesday when the Spyker group will hold a press conference in Sweden.

A press release from Spyker has since noted “recent press speculation about the possible supply relationship with BMW”. It goes on to say that “the group confirms that talks are ongoing and will give further details once a final agreement has been reached".

A BMW spokesman responded to the speculation saying: "We are in talks with other manufacturers every now and then about a number of topics, on which we currently cannot provide any details. On Wednesday Saab is organising a conference in Sweden. We can only refer you to that conference."

In June, a Swedish newspaper reported that Saab was talking with BMW about the possibility of using the German manufacturer’s engines and transmissions for its new 9-2 supermini.

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27 September 2010

great news!

win-win for all

27 September 2010

Great news for Saab, but what has BMW got to gain apart from supplying one of it's rivals (albeit a minor one) with BMW's advanced powertrain solutions?

29 October 2013

Note: Audi, Seat, Vw to Skoda.

Why would VAG want Skoda?


The same as:

BMW, Rolls Royce to Saab.

It makes sense.

Platform and parts sharing = Money in the bank and fingers in pies.

27 September 2010

[quote Oilburner]Great news for Saab, but what has BMW got to gain apart from supplying one of it's rivals (albeit a minor one) with BMW's advanced powertrain solutions?[/quote]

Good question. Maybe BMW has a long term strategy that none of us know about yet?

27 September 2010

It's quite simple. BMW is a manufacturing organisation. Selling parts (even to a rival) will make it money and keep its factories busy, boosting its efficiency and economics. Car manufactures sell things like engines and drive trains to each other all the time. PSA sells diesels to BMW and Ford, Ford sells Ecoboost engines to JLR.... and so on....

27 September 2010

All I can think of is 'ROVER'

27 September 2010

[quote marj]All I can think of is 'ROVER' [/quote]

It crossed my mind too Marj....

27 September 2010

Great news . I hope it all works out good for Saab and they do well from it .

27 September 2010

Could work well for SAAB given BMW have the best diesel engines on the market today. Don't see what BMW would gain though, unless they got FWD technology in exchange to use with the next MINI and the rumoured "0-series".

27 September 2010

This is a brilliant move by Spyker.

For BMW it means more sales and revenue. Its naive to think the only forms of revenue for BMW is fully built cars. Also theres the cost benefit involved with additional volumes. I dont think this has any parallels with the Rover saga, BMW is not risking any capital.

This is something Volvo management should have pulled off. Instead, with the kind of investment the Chinese buyer is making in their homeland its very likely we'll end up with Chinese cars built on recycled platforms with Volvo plastered all over them.


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