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Just because BMW declined Mercedes' public offering to develop engines together doesn't mean that the 3-pointed star and the roundel can't work together at all. Mercedes has a B-Class car arriving in 2011, and it needs motors. BMW and Peugeot have developed 4-cylinder direct injection lumps that power the MINI, and Mercedes is eying the cutting edge powerplants for its new compact car.

The new B-Class would take the place of the current A- and B-Class cars cars, and come in five flavors: 3-door, 5-door, SUV, coupe, and convertible. BMW announced just this month that it would be ending its partnership with Peugeot on those engines, so it is unclear how Mercedes would get them in 4 years time. Regardless, Mercedes is due to make a decision about what powers the new B-class by next month.

[Source: Auto News, sub req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Good for BMW, sell those engines and have control.

      Step down Mercedes, you're second rate now!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree MB is second rate ... now on par with BMW.
      Chris Singh
      • 7 Years Ago
      leave it bmw those greedy bastards! :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      so is BMW designing another engine for the Mini? They said the current one was to expensive. Peugeot I'm assuming will continue to build them for it's own products.Benz could just buy them from Peugeot.