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BMW sues Saab for $3.2M over unpaid engine parts

Saab claims that it does not owe BMW a cent.

BMW is suing Saab Automobile Parts AB because it says the former unit of Saab Automobile AB owes it â,¬2.6 million (roughly $3.2 million) plus interest for parts that were delivered but not paid for.

In 2010, BMW agreed to provide Saab with a four-cylinder gasoline engine that was slated to power the next 9-3. The agreement called for the provision of an unspecified number of engines plus spare parts. The next 9-3 was killed at the embryonic stage so the engines were not shipped en masse but the parts were reportedly delivered and not paid for.

BMW says that it asked Saab to clear its debt several times last year but the ailing Swedish automaker was unable to pay. With Saab now bankrupt, BMW is adamant that the financial responsibility falls on the lap of Saab Automobile Parts.

Saab Automobile Parts claims that it does not owe BMW a cent.

"Saab Automobile Parts AB have not ordered or received any spare parts or components from BMW," said Lennart Stahl, the Chief Executive of Saab Automobile Parts AB. "Why would a spare part company order components for a car model that's not yet in production?"

Neither side mentioned when the Swedish court that the lawsuit was filed in is expected to deliver its verdict.