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Report: Saab 92 to join WRC

by Drew Johnson

Newly independent Saab is said to be weighing a return to the world of rally racing. The Swedish automaker will reportedly join the WRC in 2012.

Saab - now under control of Dutch supercar maker Spyker - is said to be eying a return to its rallying roots. Saab has reportedly held talks with the World Rally Championship about joining the racing series in 2012.

According to the publication Autosport, Saab is looking to return to the world of rallying with a version of its upcoming 92 model. Saab has already held one round of talks with the WRC, and will conduct another at the Rally of France in October.

"The initial meeting has happened and there's a huge amount of enthusiasm from all concerned," sources told Autosport. "Like MINI, Saab has a great heritage in the sport and a return to the WRC makes a lot of sense."

MINI recently announced it would enter the WRC in 2011 with a version of its Countryman crossover, which is actually a strong indicator for Saab's return to the sport. Saab is planning to base its upcoming 92 compact on the same architecture that underpins the Countryman. Like the MIN Countryman WRC car, the Saab 92 would likely use a 1.6L turbocharged engine.

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