Back in 2009 BMW delivered engines to SAAB Automobile AB in Trollhättan for development and testing, in 2010 this lead to the formal signing of a deal between Saab Automobile AB and BMW for usage of a 1,6 liter engine in the coming Saab 9-3 Phoenix which was designed by Jason Castriota.
The engines, an unconfirmed amount of about 50, were delivered to SAAB Powertrain development center in Trollhättan for further testing and there the engines remained until the bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy BMW tried desperately to get their engines back since they had never been paid for.
The only surviving entity of Saab Automobile AB was SAAB Automobile Parts AB, commonly known as SAAB Parts. SAAB Parts was since February 2009 a stand-alone company located in Nyköping – Sweden, some 380 km’s north east of Trollhättan. BMW decided to file a law-suit against Saab Parts hoping that this could in turn get their engines back.
This law-suit was filed on the 22nd of August 2012 and the amount disputed was 2,6 million Euro. SAAB Parts decided to fight the law-suit since they had never had anything to do with the engines that were delivered to SAAB Automobile AB.
A hearing of the district court in Sweden was due in the beginning of April 2013 and SAAB Parts lawyers were ready to fight the claim, however, two days before the date set for the hearing it was postponed without any request for a new date, at the request of BMW. No reason as to why the date was postponed was ever given by BMW to the SAAB Parts lawyers nor to the court.