BMW and Daimler appear headed for a split from their hybrid technology partnership
The BMW – Daimler hybrid partnership is close to hitting the skids.
After joining forces for the past several years in an effort to develop vehicle safety and hybrid technology, the two German-based automakers have decided to go their separate ways. It’s not as if the two manufacturers’ partnership didn’t yield any results; they, after all, were responsible for the advent of the two-mode hybrid.
But the word on the streets is that one side wants out and the other wants to continue the relationship. Apparently, BMW is in talks with a number of other manufacturers about the possibility of creating a partnership similar to the one they had with Daimler, but with the prospect of delivering better results.
On the other hand, the folks at Daimler are still set on continuing their tie-up with their local rivals because of the enormous savings it can keep as they begin to expand the hybrid technology among their roster of vehicles, particularly with the S400 and the ML450 hybrids.
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Yet despite their claims of continuing the partnership, many people believe that Daimler – through its new partnership with electric-car maker, Tesla – is better prepared to work on its own in the event that they do decide to split up.
We’re still not yet certain as to how this alliance between two German car rivals plays out. But from what we’ve gathered, one wants out and the other wants to continue. It’s anybody’s guess as to how the two companies can work on an amicable decision as to the future of their hybrid partnership.
Source: Car Connection