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Saab and Spyker sports car company are teaming up!

The cool slick Spyker C8!

The long-winded story of Saab’s sale finally came to a close this year, with the brand born from jets adding a propeller to the mix in the form of Dutch sports car company Spyker, which reached a deal to purchase the struggling Swedish automaker from GM. With Saab now in the relatively safe hands of Spyker, the partnership is taking another turn, with Spyker CEO Victor Muller revealing plans to sell the brand’s exotic sports cars through Saab dealerships.

Saab will decide within the next few months whether to build a small car to compete with similarly sized premium models from Audi and BMW, said the chief of Dutch carmaker Spyker (SPYKR.AS), which bought the Swedish company this year.

Victor Muller, the CEO of Spyker, said he was deep in talks with potential partners about procuring a platform for the ’92’, a revival of a tear-drop-shaped Saab model from 60 years ago.

The decision whether to go forward with the new model, which would be introduced in 2013 at the earliest and be the first car fully designed under Spyker’s stewardship, would depend on economic conditions, partners and financing, Muller said.

“That is my job for the next 100 days,” Muller said on Wednesday at a launch event for Saab’s new 95 flagship model, the first since Spyker took over Saab in January in an audacious $400 million deal with General Motors [GM.UL].

The move will effectively double the number of dealerships Spyker cars are currently sold in around the world and in the process get the lineup in view of potential new customers who otherwise may never even see or hear of the brand.

“We are signing up Spyker dealerships left, right and center,” Muller revealed to Automotive News during a recent interview. “It’s wonderful that the company that saved Saab is also benefiting from having done that in its own business.”

Last year Spyker sold just 36 cars in total, worldwide, but the company has ambitious plans to boost sales. It currently has just 35 dealerships around the world but with Saab’s help this number could shoot up to 90 by the end of the year.

Saab will be able to help Spyker in other ways as well. Both brands benefit from sharing certain assets and technology services. This includes the sharing of engineering know how and technologies, sharing of activities in marketing and sales, and the sharing of certain parts and components in order to obtain access to supplier and partner resources.

Pictured above is the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder, which in the U.S. starts at $214,990 for the Coupe model.

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