BMW and Peugeot in talks of another potential tie-up for MINI
In a sign of the times, we’re all seeing automakers venturing into partnerships with other brands in an effort to curb costs and, at the same time, share technologies that could become beneficial to one another.
The latest alliance we’re hearing is between BMW and PSA Peugeot, which apparently are in talks regarding the prospect of sharing small car platforms in the future for a number of MINI variants with the PSA Peugeot Citroen. While full details behind this team-up are still clouded in mystery, it doesn’t come as a surprise to most of us considering that the two brands already have a history of partnerships, which includes sharing a number of four-cylinder engines for the MINI.
Unlike their relationships with other manufacturers, BMW and Renault have always considered themselves as friendly colleagues. Even their two big bosses, BMW’s Norbert Reithofer and PSA’s Philippe Varin have spent a number of days in the past few months chatting up one another on the prospects of future joint ventures between BMW and PSA.
So unless something unforeseen happens, we probably should start expecting more BMW and PSA tie-ups down the road. We’re not complaining. After all, two (car)heads are always better than one.
Source: Financial Times