BMW signs deal with car maker Saab

Automobile manufacturer BMW has signed a contract with Saab to produce low emission petrol cars starting this year, it has been revealed.

Swedish car maker Saab has given BMW orders to make vehicles fitted with 4-cylinder engines which will feature Start-Stop functionalities, leading to economic fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

The new engines will be assembled at BMW's Hams Hall UK plant.

No further information has been provided as both companies are keeping their fiscal contract details secret.

The deal was signed in Trollhättan, Sweden, by BMW's board of management member in charge of marketing and sales Ian Robertson and the chief executive of Saab Automobile, JanÅke Jonsson.

Mr Robertson said: "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."

Mr Jonsson added: "It gives me great pleasure to confirm this exciting new relationship. BMW Group'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 1 Saab way."

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