Automotive News reports BMW and Hyundai are currently engaged in talks that may lead to the two companies partnering on engine development. A German industry newsletter reported that Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-koo's son, Chugn Eui-sun, recently met with a small group of BMW executives in Munich, and that the move would likely help the two manufacturers offset the heavy costs of engineering a new engine group. That cost can be as much as $1.3 to $2.6 billion.

Not surprisingly, BMW refused to comment on the rumored deal, though the company has been quick to dismiss any notion of expanding its corporate partners beyond the current group. Right now, BMW works with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Toyota and Daimler, though the manufacturer is also currently in talks with General Motors. Even so, BMW has made no secret of the fact that it is currently hard at work on a new engine architecture, and a corporate partner would be a smart way to spread development costs.


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      TokyoRemix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh HELL no! This is what sucks most about all these companies working together all the time. You lose the unique characteristics. I don't want a Hyundai that has a BMW engine and DEFINITELY not vice versa. When you have BMWs like the 335i with its Mitsubishi turbos, that's cool. But shared platforms, shared engines....erg. At least not the marques we care about. Like, Porsche, why so much platform sharing? Oh right, the cash. I love you, but...
        Ak74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        They not gonna be sharing parts. They just gonna try to save on costs
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        Name a car that shares a platform with the Porsche 911.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      this could be a great move for bmw, as bmws become very unreliable at around the 100,000 mile mark. thats why you only lease a bmw not buy.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what you are saying is that we can expect more reliable BMWs?
      savvybynature
      • 2 Years Ago
      This move makes a lot of sense seeing the issues BMW has had with their FI engines. Hyundai had more experience with building smaller displacement turbo engines. Also gives then the ability to tap into technologies that were created through the gdi engine partnership Hyundai had with Mitsubishi. Good move BMW.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybynature
        "Hyundai had more experience with building smaller displacement turbo engines." Jesus Christ, are you for real? Those Hyundai turbo engines you speak off are a recent phenomenon. BMW has decades of experience building small displacement turbo engines. It's called Formula 1 racing, various other motorsport events and the 2002 Turbo. Hell, count the BMW turbodiesels as part of that experience as well. So do some research before posting nonsense. BMW has more experience with all sorts of engines compared to Hyundai. Undeniable fact.
          savvybynature
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          LOL @David. I'm not posting nonsense. Yes, BMW is an older brand than Hyundai and has experience in F1. That's a fact. However, in regards to building 'production' FI (turbo) engines, they are a youngster of sorts. The 2002 was a turbo, but after that model there was a significant hiatus in the development of any new FI-Turbo engines. We're not talking about diesels here, but turbos. Diesels run off a totally different engine process versus turbos that uses the convention ICE methods. So lets not mix the two. 6 or more years ago, Hyundai signed into a partnership with Mitsubishi and a few other companies for the development of the GDI series of engines (powers the Sonata, EvoX, etc). In that program, Hyundai was able to tap into the FI- Turbo technology Mitsubishi had developed over the years. In regards to technology surrounding Turbo's, Mitsubishi is one of the pioneers in developing 'production' small-block turbo'ed engines. By BMW possibly signing into this partnership with Hyundai, they get access to decades of forced induction technology, developed by Mitsubishi, Hyundai, and other automotive companies. Now... to another point, I was formerly a Regional Marketing Manager for Hyundai... so I know a good bit about the inner workings of what Hyundai has on tap.
          BTCC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          savvybynature, Why are all you Hyundai marketing guys always on Autoblog trying to convince everyone the sun rises and sets on all things Hyundai?
        Brett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @savvybynature
        I am inclined to agree, although the dichotomy is pretty funny. If you told me the E34 I drive and the Excel I parked next to would one day be related, I'd probably laugh in your face.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai copies their designs enough so this is perfect.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Blasphemy! I don't think anyone would ever buy a BMW with a Hyundai engine!
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yesterday I joked about insecure BMW owners/fans being mad about the Kia (which is owned by Hyundai) copying the 7-series and how BMW should retaliate by making more reliable cars. I hope Hyundai is in charge of reliability and serviceability. The truth is that there are people who want to own (i.e. not lease) a BMW flagship after warranties expire but do not want to deal with maintenance/repair costs that rival those of small aircrafts. Too bad the partnership with Hyundai is only on engine development. BMW so much help with cooling systems and electronics.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would be a major boost for the BMW :-) And I guess the Germans could borrow a designer too, they haven't designed a new car in decades.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Current Hyundai cars are designed in Hyundai's European design center in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
          anonymous guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          Sorry, you're partially wrong. Hyundai has been designing cars in the US since 1990. First, in Fountain Valley, California and about a decade ago they moved their design and technical studios to Irvine, California
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like BMW to stay an independent brand otherwise I will have lost every grain of respect for them. If you are going to partner with someone make it some one respectable. I would have preferred to hear Nissan.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Twittavelli
        Grow up. Partnering is becoming the norm in the automotive industry today. It's the only way for carmakers to save on costs and survive.
      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like BMW to stay an independent brand otherwise I will have lost every grain of respect for them. If you are going to partner with someone make it some one respectable. I would have preferred to hear Nissan.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Twittavelli
        You missed this part, "Right now, BMW works with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Toyota and Daimler". Sorry.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh no BMW and GM hell NO!!!! Get you greedy hands off BMW GM. Seems like GM is trying to get their hands on everything now a days. I guess when you have that extra cash from the bailout you think you can go around buying everything why not give the money back, I know you supposedly paid the taxes on the bailout money but why not pay the rest off stupids. If BMW lets GM in the company in anyway I see nothing but bad wrap for them stay clear from GM BMW come on I thought you were better than that.. Don't be stupid now.
      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this mean BMW's will now have over inflated EPA estimates like all Hyundais!
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spies1
        Is there any reason you have to troll every single H/K article out there, every day, using several logins? Did Hyundai run over your puppy?
        Darius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spies1
        They already had over inflated EPA estimates why do you think the 2.0 turbo in the 328i had its highway mpg reduced to 33 down from 36?
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