DaimlerChrysler and BMW have already been pooling resources, together with GM, for a while now in the States, developing new hybrid technologies. But today they announced that the co-operation will also spread to Germany. This way, DC and BMW hope to keep costs as low as possible by developing a hybrid engine together, and adapt the engine separately later to comply with the different character of each of the brands. In Germany they will be focussing mainly on a mild hybrid type of module. Dr Thomas Weber said: "Cooperation in the field of innovative drive systems makes good sense not only from a technical but also from an economic standpoint. It will help to strengthen the competitiveness of two German manufacturers whose requirements in the premium segment are very similar."

BMW and DC Expand Hybrid Co-Operation