Today, Saab Automobile and BMW announced an agreement for the supply of engines to be used in the 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 4-cylinder engine with the latest fuel savings technologies is intended for a new Saab model series. Both companies have agreed not to disclose any financial or contract volume details.
The engines will feature Start-Stop and other measures designed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. They will be assembled at the BMW Group's Hams Hall engine plant in the UK.
Announcing the deal, Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake 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."
Ian Robertson, Executive Sales and Marketing Director of BMW, added: "As part of our Strategy Number ONE we are continuing to expand our powertrain sales business worldwide. Today's agreement marks another important milestone along this route. Our engines have a clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption, emissions and performance and we are delighted to support Saab with our engine expertise."
Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing, stated, "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."