PSA Peugeot Citroen is considering its cooperation with BMW in developing carbon fiber

News | September 26th, 2010 by 12
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BMW and French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen are considering extending their cooperation beyond the existing partnership in developing engines. The French automaker plans to join …

BMW and French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen are considering extending their cooperation beyond the existing partnership in developing engines.

The French automaker plans to join BMW in developing carbon fiber. “We look for technical solutions at a premium manufacturer and a generalist can use either one,” said PSA CEO Philippe Varin the “Handelsblatt” for Finanz Nachrichten.

Industry sources said, BMW and SGL Group Carbon may supply light carbon fiber elements to PSA. In July, SGL Group and BMW announced their joint venture, and a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA.

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The new facility is an important element of both companies’ strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in future vehicle concepts. The fibers manufactured at Moses Lake will be used for BMW’s upcoming Megacity Vehicle.

At the same time, BMW plans to distribute some carbon fiber parts to other automakers interested in developing lightweight vehicles.

  • KeyboardWarrior

    Design wise, the Peugeot looks so much sharper and modern than the 1 Series. I think BMW should really consider using gcomplete glass or gloss black colour for the roof area like the 6 Series Concept. It makes the car look so much better (modern).

    • Giom

      Hows this relevant to the article?

      • X5SoB

        Not at all…

  • Giom

    Good move for PSA. BMW is going about this CFRP business the right way. Another example of BMW leading the way towards strategic growth.

  • X5SoB

    Carbon fiber reinforced plastic sounds like an expedient to a cheaper alternative to pure carbon fiber that, while slightly heavier, would be easier to mass market. As usual, BMW leads the way. If only they had Bangle still at the design helm…

    • Laszlo

      then they would have more ugly cars on their fleet. Come on, he was a horrible designer.
      Just look at the past bungle cars, none are failure even if they are still a bit clunky. Times will heal the wounds he created and soon we will all forget the man…

      • BIMMER1

        You do realize that Bangle was chief of design for BMW starting in Oct. of 1992, right? Everyone thinks he started with the 2002 7 series, but they couldn’t be more wrong. He’s been influencial in every major design to come from BMW since then, including the e39 5 series which is still regarded as one of the best looking sedans ever to be built. And I won’t even get into the fact that almost every model he was involved with sold extremely well. I’m more worried about the current direction of design, since now every model looks just like the next. Everything I’ve seen since Andrian took over is not looking too good to me.

    • BIMMER1

      I was under the impression that the plant makes the carbon fibre, and then it is used in the production of CFRP. I do not believe the CFRP is actually made at their new facility. Could be wrong though.

  • Wooo hoo.

    I KNOW! Looka t the maligned 1 series! Drop it, what is BMW doing selling compact cars for?

    • BIMMER1

      Most people in Europe/Asia Drive smaller cars, so that’s why BMW sells them. The 1 series has sold very well for many years there and does ok in the states since it was brought over in coupe form. Before the coupe was made for the US market, it was only available in a 2 or 4 door hatchback version in Europe. And for the most part BMW has always sold smaller compact cars, so I have no idea where you’re coming from with that statement.

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