is reporting that Mercedes
may consider collaborating on subcompacts in the coming years. BMW's keeping an eye on the MINI
plant in Oxford, England. If the factory doesn't run at full-tilt, BMW takes a monetary hit. Shacking up with Mercedes to build the next generation A-Class at MINI's facility and on the MINI platform would keep production humming right along. Other potential partners have been mentioned as well, such as Honda
and PSA. Mercedes and BMW are working on hybrid
technology together already, but Mercedes will only say that while it remains open to collaboration where sensible, there are no current plans to partner further with BMW.