Posted by: saabnuts | September 29, 2010

Saab & BMW agreement for gas engines

Jan Ake Jonsson & Victor Muller of Saab with Ian Robertson of BMW - Saab & BMW Engine Agreement

Jan Ake Jonsson & Victor Muller of Saab with Ian Robertson of BMW - Saab & BMW engine agreement - © Saab Automobile AB

A long awaited announcement is here – that of Saab arranging to purchase gasoline engines from BMW for the new (2012) Saab 9-3.

From Saab’s website (see link above):

Saab Automobile and BMW enter agreement for supply of gasoline engines

  • Engines with latest fuel savings innovations to be used in future generation Saabs
  • Major step towards successful future as independent company

Trollhättan, Sweden: Today, Saab Automobile and BMW announced an agreement for the supply of engines to be used in next-generation Saab vehicles. Under the purchase, supply and development agreement, BMW will supply Saab with 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engines from 2012. The engines will be adapted to meet Saab’s specific requirements.

The contract was signed on Wednesday in Trollhättan, Sweden. Participating in the signing were Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile Chairman Victor Muller and Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing.

Announcing the deal, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson said: “It gives me great pleasure to confirm this exciting new relationship. BMW’s engines and their fuel savings innovations are widely regarded as a benchmark in the premium segment. We look forward to integrating this technology into our next-generation vehicles in a true Saab way.”

Victor Muller, Chairman of Saab Automobile, said: “This is a major step for Saab on our road to becoming a profitable independent premium car maker. In line with our strategy, we will continue to capitalize on our own engineering expertise while also working with the very best partners. Both parties are open to explore further opportunities as part of this relationship in the future.”

Ian Robertson, Executive Sales and Marketing Director of BMW, added: “We are continuing to expand our powertrain system sales business worldwide as planned as part of our Strategy Number ONE. Today’s agreement marks another important milestone along this route. We are delighted to support Saab with our engine expertise. Our engines have a clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption, emissions and performance.”

Note to Editors:
Saab, or Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company), was founded in 1937 as an aircraft manufacturer and revealed its first prototype passenger car 10 years later after the formation of the Saab Car Division. In 1990, Saab Automobile AB was created as a separate company, jointly owned by the Saab Scania Group and General Motors, and became a wholly-owned GM subsidiary in 2000. In February 2010, Spyker Cars N.V. of the Netherlands, acquired the company from GM as an independently-run business.

Saab cars reflect the brand’s unique Scandinavian design ethic, which is fused with its aircraft engineering heritage. The company is a global premium car maker with a distinguished history of innovation. It is recognized for its pioneering role in turbocharging, as well as occupant safety and the introduction of flex-fuel technology through Saab BioPower. Saab Automobile AB currently employs approximately 3,800 staff in Sweden, where it operates world-class production and technical development facilities at its headquarters in Trollhättan, 70 km north of Gothenburg.”

My thoughts: This is excellent news for Saab and BMW as wellteaming Saab with a successful premium auto maker and allowing Saab to move further towards independence from GM. It will be interesting to see what other arrangements might come to be with Saab and BMW, though neither company will confirm what else might be in the works between the two brands.

I am interested to see what Saab will produce with the new engines from BMW – this is a milestone for Saab and BMW as well.

Additional information may be obtained from the following Saab links:

Go Saab!


  1. Can’t help but wonder if using the BMW engines will affect the cost to the consumer…….either in purchase price, or for repairs.

    I love the optimism of VM and JAJ and trust they would not make this move if it has the propensity to reflect negatively on the consumer.

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