Dutch car manufacturer Spyker and Chinese partner Zhejiang Youngman Automobile Group plan to launch a new upmarket model that would be a cross between a Spyker sports car and the now-defunct Saab. The deal announced by the companies yesterday highlights China's interest in acquiring Western brands and technology, taking advantage of the Saab and Spyker names and know-how. The new car, to be pitched at China's affluent drivers, will use the platform and technology developed for Saab, the Swedish company that Spyker and Youngman tried to rescue before it went bankrupt in December. Spyker, whose sports cars have appeared in Hollywood films including Basic Instinct 2 , produces only a few dozen cars a year, with a list price of about €200,000 (HK$1.94 million) for the C8 Aileron. The new model would go into production in China and Europe, but not for another two or more years, Spyker chief executive Victor Muller said. It would be based on technology developed for a new Saab model and have both Spyker and Saab characteristics. "It will be much more of a Spyker, with some Saab traits. This will extend the Spyker brand downwards towards a very high premium model," Muller said. Saab Automobile, one of Sweden's best-known brands, stopped production in May last year when it could no longer pay suppliers and employees. It went bust in December, less than two years after General Motors sold it to Spyker. Muller had tried to raise funds from several Chinese companies, including Youngman, and other investors to keep the Saab name alive.