Koenigsegg Considers Partnership For More "Normal" Cars
Swedish brand Koenigsegg may be famous for its expensive and mind-boggling fast supercars, but it could also build "more normal" vehicles in the future. The big news comes from company owner Christian von Koenigsegg, who told Car Throttle that the technology his team is developing for hypercars could trickle down into more accessible cars.
"Within our company there could be room to start utilizing all the technological developments we have created, and trickle them down into more normal cars," he said, without giving further details as to when that may happen or what sort of cars would such a project include.
However, he did say that these cars won’t be sold with a Koenigsegg badge, as the brand "should stay in this rarified area and make these extreme machines and keep on pushing the limit." Instead, these products would be developed under a new sub-brand or in collaboration with other manufacturers.
Additionally, he stressed that hybrid technology will play a key role in the future for both Koenigsegg and upcoming "normal" vehicles, with a focus on improving the combustion engine as well as developing much lighter and more efficient batteries for electric motors. It’s believed that the 2016 Koenigsegg Regera’s "one-gear transmission" could find its way into more mundane vehicles too.
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Why it matters
While the prospect of having supercar technology in family sedans and hatchbacks is exciting to say the last, it’s unlikely it will happen very soon. Koenigsegg may be a market leader as far as new tech goes, but it’s still a small company that builds only a handful of cars a year. It would take years and massive investments to create a sub-brand and a factory that could cope with mass production.
A collaboration with another automaker seems to be the better option here, but this also raises more questions than it answers. Would it be the sort of cooperation Toyota and Subaru had for the GT86/BRZ or will Koenigsegg only need an assembly line. If so, how affordable would these "normal" cars be and what segments would they cover?
I have a feeling we won’t get answers to these questions anytime soon...
Find out more about the Koenigsegg Regera in our detailed review here.