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Forbes Rumor: “GM Hooks Up With BMW For Fuel Efficiency Push”

Rumors | October 3rd, 2011 by 7
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By 2015, fuel efficiency standards in the United States will become increasingly strict, a burden that will affect many large automakers. To overcome increasing R&D …

By 2015, fuel efficiency standards in the United States will become increasingly strict, a burden that will affect many large automakers. To overcome increasing R&D costs and potential fines, automakers are starting to form partnerships.

Just last month, Ford and Toyota announced a partnership on hybrid technology. According to Forbes, General Motors is looking to partner with BMW for fuel-efficient engines. BMWBLOG provided a report last month on the potential collaboration, citing German newspaper Der Spiegel.

Forbes says that not only will GM be able to develop a more extensive line-up of fuel-efficient vehicles but also lower its R&D costs.

The partnership seems to be less advantageous for BMW, but a closer look at GM’s technology reveals the electric-vehicle technology in the Opel Ampera, one of highly respected vehicle in the industry with technology that could benefit the new BMW i sub–brand.

BMW brings to the table superior diesel and petrol engines, therefore a partnership will help both companies build upon each other’s technology advantage while keeping their capital expenditures and R&D costs low.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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  • Giom

    Just my opinion, but I would think that BMWs electric tech is ahead of GMs, what could BMW possibly gain from this partnership? Anybody?

    • Kstanley

      I completely agree. I see BMW gaining nothing out of this partnership… I’d much rather see them (if must be American company) with Ford… At least Ford has it’s respected new technology such as the eco-boost.. But w.e maybe BMW is secretly planing something to gain, ha!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      money and market share. If they sell more engines the R&D cost gets lower for each engine/system.
      It will create jobs and a huge market for their product. Not to mention that GM will pay greatly for this.

      GM is actually doing good right now, so their lookout is better then in a recent few years.

      As far as technology from GM ? That single vehicle Volt/Ampera isn’t impressive or good enough to show that they are ahead of the game compare to BMW.  I doubt that BMW could not create an another Volt/Ampera at the moment from 100% in-house resources.

  • empower

    money

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