Saturday 16 April 2011

Saab looking to obtain Mini's R56 platform for upcoming supermini

According to a unconfirmed report, Saab is making the brave decision to bid for the rights of the current Mini architecture. The company is looking to rapidly expand its line-up with new vehicles.

The reason behind the bid will allow the troubled Swedish manufacture to produce a supermini, dubbed 9-1 that would let the brand contend in the thriving premium supermini segment. Saab are said to be ogling the Mk2 R56 rear-wheel-drive platform after agreeing to a contract to buy the 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine off BMW Mini.

A rumour hinted that Saab would be able to build its 9-1 providing Mini's Oxford facility is re-equipped to produce the forthcoming Mini 3. Recently, Saab has had a few issues regarding suppliers not getting paid.

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