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BMW in talks with Hyundai over possible engine deal

By FaezClutchless on 08 May 2012

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Despite having engine tie-ups with PSA Peugeot Citroen (for the development of new front wheel drive hybrids) and Toyota (joint development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for hybrids), BMW are reportedly having talks with Hyundai over a possible agreement to share future development costs for engines and other areas.

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This information was revealed by an insider who mentioned that the two companies are still in the early stages of discussion. Another source also mentioned that the two automakers had discussed a comprehensive alliance which includes a jointly developed engine where development costs will be split equally.

A report in a German industrial publication, Automobil Produktion, stated that BMW and Hyundai were looking to spend a combined amount of US$1.3 billion and US$2.6 billion on the development of a new engine family. The report also claimed that Hyundai senior managers, including Chung Eui-Sun (the son of Hyundai Chairman, Chung Mong-Koo) met with BMW officials at BMWs headquarters in Munich, Germany.

A spokesperson for the Korean automaker has denied all these alleged rumours and BMWS CEO, Norbert Reithofer, stated that there are no future plans for any tie-ups. However, BMW is reportedly in talks with General Motors over the co-development of new hydrogen fuel cell technology.

BMW has a well known reputation for building some of the best engines and lately, Hyundai has shown the world its Tau V8 series engines and their new six-speed and eight-speed automatic transmissions. This proves that the Korean automaker has what it takes to develop world class automotive technologies.

If these reports (or rumours) are true, then hopefully we could see something interesting out of it.

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