In Bid to Revive its Fortunes Saab Inks Engine Deal with BMW
BMW will supply Saab with 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engines that will be adapted to meet Saab's specific requirements, beginning in 2012, Saab said in a statement. The deal was signed Wednesday in Trollhattan, Sweden, where Saab is based.
"This is a major step for Saab on our road to becoming a profitable independent premium car maker," said Saab chairman Victor Muller (pictured) in a statement. The companies are also open to exploring other future opportunities, he added.
Worldwide, Spyker's long-term goal is to sell 120,000 Saabs a year, Reuters reported. The BMW deal aids Spyker's effort to obtain new technology despite a lack of capital.
"BMW's engines and their fuel-savings innovations are widely regarded as a benchmark in the premium segment," said Saab CEO Jan Ake Johnson in the statement.
"A deal with BMW would help the brand," Keijser Capital trader Peter Jurgens said earlier this week when reports surfaced of an imminent engine deal, according to Reuters.
For its part, BMW said the deal builds upon the German automaker's plan to expand its powertrain business worldwide. "[The] agreement marks another important milestone along this route," said Ian Robertson, BMW's sales chief.