Mercedes could partner with BMW for developing the next-gen A-Class and 1 Series
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Mercedes could partner with BMW for developing the next-gen A-Class and 1 Series

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Mercedes-Benz and BMW are negotiating a partnership to develop on the same platform the future generations of the 1 Series and A-Class, expected to be launched after 2025, Automotive News reports.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW are analyzing the possibility of a technical partnership to jointly develop different platforms, batteries for electric cars or autonomous technologies. The first concrete details of this possible collaboration have now been revealed by the German Handelsblatt financial newspaper, which claims to have information from people close to the negotiations.

The most important revelation is that BMW and Mercedes-Benz could develop on the same platform the future generations of their compact models, which would reduce development costs by several billion euros. However, the new generations of the two models would appear at the earliest in 2025.

On the other hand, the negotiations between the two builders aim at a wider collaboration that includes, in addition to the compact platform project, the sharing of information on autonomous technologies. This latter measure is taken into account in order to compete better with both traditional rivals and new companies active in the industry, including Waymo, one of Google’s divisions.

However, the negotiations will be difficult because the engineers of Mercedes-Benz and BMW are opposed to plans to develop technologies together.

Speculations about the BMW-Mercedes-Benz partnership occur at the same time that Ford and Volkswagen have announced a number of collaborations, particularly in the commercial vehicle segment, but which could be extended to cars and autonomous tech too, in the future.

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  • […] Mercedes-Benz and BMW analyze the possibility of a technical partnership for the joint development of different platforms, batteries for electric cars or autonomous technologies. The first concrete details of this possible co-operation have now been revealed by the German financial newspaper Handelsblatt, which claims to have information from people close to the negotiations. The most important revelation is that BMW and Mercedes-Benz could develop on the same platform the future generations of their compact models, which would reduce the cost of growth by several billion euros. However, the new generations of the two models will appear at the earliest in 2025. On the other hand, negotiations between the two manufacturers aim for a wider cooperation involving, in addition to a compact platform project, the exchange of information on autonomous-driving technologies. The latter measure is taken into account to compete better with both traditional competitors and new companies active in the industry, including Waymo, one of Google’s divisions. source […]

    • Razvan Magureanu says:

      BMW announced already officially that the future i3 will not use CFRP expensive material and the body will be conventional because the new performance of the batteries does not not need a very lightweight construction. The current i3 is 500 kg lighter than the B-Class ED. Both companies declined to comment about a common joint compact EV but we think they will cooperate to can compete with VW ID3 agressive prices.

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