Saab owner Victor Muller says the firm is in talks with possible tech partners
25 March 2010

Saab owner Victor Muller has said the firm is in talks with several possible partners about sharing technologies.

Muller said a large number of “serious” players are keen to get involved with Saab, both in wanting to use Saab’s technology and allow the Swedish firm to use theirs.

“Nobody sees us as a threat so everybody wants to talk with us," Muller said on a trip to meet French Saab dealers. "And there are good chances that we will be supplying our technology to third parties, we're not going to be just on the demand side of things."

Muller is keen to partner with other firms as part of his plan for Saab to return to profitability by 2012. Saab is partnering General Motors with its new 9-5 and 9-4X models, as well as on the ageing 9-3.

Muller has made developing a new 9-3 and a smaller Mini rival top priorities and it is probable that the firm will enter into a partnership with another manufacturer in developing these cars.

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25 March 2010

well i think mclaren should jump into bed with saab. that way they will share technology with spyker (did spyker buy saab, or was it some dodgy russian. i've lost track), and mclaren will get a posh dealership network.

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25 March 2010

Spyker are making all the right noises so let's hope some if not all of what has been muted over the last few weeks actually comes off for them.

25 March 2010

In fairness though, what technology do SAAB have these days that isn't GM's?

25 March 2010

[quote Volvophile]In fairness though, what technology do SAAB have these days that isn't GM's?[/quote]

If fairness is your concern your question should have been "What technology does GM have these days that isn't SAAB's?"

'Very little' would be the appropriate answer.

25 March 2010

[quote supermanuel]'Very little' would be the appropriate answer. [/quote] Well, it depends how you look at it.

Saab's Trollhattan engineering centre did the majority of the work on the Epsilon 2 platform, led on safety engineering, did a huge amount of engine work, particularly turbocharged engines and developed the XWD 4x4 system.

There's probably much more to add (telematics etc), but Saab can't really say. But they are saying the majority of the 9-5 was engineered in Sweden...

(They also engineered the Premium Platform and its 4x4 system, which ended up being used by Alfa Romeo).

25 March 2010

[quote Volvophile]In fairness though, what technology do SAAB have these days that isn't GM's?
[/quote]

.....and Ford/Volvo, VW/Audi, Fiat/Alfa....the list goes on. Basic Economics, Lesson 1 - economies of scale make you money. How else do you think the global car industry has survived producing cars that the man on the street can afford?!

If you want the elixir of exclusivity, I suggest you save up your pennies and buy a Spyker!

Even then, you'll have to 'make do' with an Audi engine, steering wheel, etc.

26 March 2010

[quote voteforpedro]Even then, you'll have to 'make do' with an Audi engine, steering wheel, etc.[/quote]

Audi steering wheel? Have you actually seen a Spyker? Because I can't think of an Audi that has a wheel which is a 4-blade aeroplane propellor with a ring around it...

26 March 2010

[quote HiltonH]

Saab's Trollhattan engineering centre did the majority of the work on the Epsilon 2 platform, led on safety engineering, did a huge amount of engine work, particularly turbocharged engines and developed the XWD 4x4 system.

There's probably much more to add (telematics etc), but Saab can't really say. But they are saying the majority of the 9-5 was engineered in Sweden...

(They also engineered the Premium Platform and its 4x4 system, which ended up being used by Alfa Romeo).

[/quote]

Exactly my point Hilton. All this garbage that uninformed armchair experts keep spewing about 'glorified Vectras/Insignias' is just a nonsense. It would be more accurate to say that the Insignia is a badge-engineered 9-5.

26 March 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Audi steering wheel? Have you actually seen a Spyker? Because I can't think of an Audi that has a wheel which is a 4-blade aeroplane propellor with a ring around it...
[/quote]

Keep up....the new C8 Airelon has an Audi/Lambo wheel;

http://www.spykercars.com/aileron/gallery.html

26 March 2010

[quote voteforpedro]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Audi steering wheel? Have you actually seen a Spyker? Because I can't think of an Audi that has a wheel which is a 4-blade aeroplane propellor with a ring around it...
[/quote]

Keep up....the new C8 Airelon has an Audi/Lambo wheel;

http://www.spykercars.com/aileron/gallery.html

[/quote]

Ah yes, I see. That's still a fabulous interior, though. Mind you, I'd spec mine with a proper manual gearbox and an interior less reminiscent of David Dickinson.

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