• Oct 1st 2007 at 9:03AM
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If Automotive News' sources are to be believed, BMW and Mercedes-Benz might be joining forces to develop a new front-wheel drive architecture that would underpin both automakers' compact offerings. BMW is likely in the process of developing a new platform for its MINI and Mercedes has already announced plans to ditch its A-class ultra-compact. The idea that the two rivals would come together to co-develop a product might seem preposterous, but at the end of the day, it's all about saving as many euros as possible.

If a joint effort does take place, expect Mercedes to use its own powertrains for two compact vehicles, likely new A- and B-classes. And no, Chrysler isn't in the running to help out.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      thank goodness, back in the '50s MB almost purchased BMW. BMW needs Mercedes and vice versa. No joint work!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nuts to that.

      Expand the Smart lineup. People love those things.

      For the past couple of years I've seen A huge number of Smart Fortwo's around Winnipeg.

      Everything from "look at me" fun mobiles to delivery vehicles. Also a security company uses them for patroling between downtown business's.

      The A-Class (in my opinion) takes away from the image of MB. A Smart Forfour (I thought they were going to make one a few years ago) could easily replace the A-Class. Regardless of who makes the platform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unless there is something new here that wasn't included, this is a few month old rumor that has already been OFFICIALLY denied, as reported by your own sister publication (AutoBlog Green) here: http://www.www.autobloggreen.com/2007/07/08/daimlerchrysler-and-bmw-officially-not-working-on-a-class-follow/