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."

Gallery: BMW and DC Expand Hybrid Co-Operation