Following Audi CEO Rupert Stadler's declaration that the German automaker would be building an EV within the next decade, things seem to be moving along inside the VAG group. Although a pilot project, Audi has signed an agreement with Japanese supplier Sanyo to develop batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. The automaker intends to use the lithium-ion batteries in the second and third generation of Sanyo's technolgy. The upcoming Q7 Hybrid will have nickel-metal batteries supplied by Sanyo.
Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally wants Ford to succeed, and he'll do anything in his power to make sure it will happen. When he's not busy selling cars at the local Ford dealership, Mulally has been occupied talking to other automakers regarding possible component and plant sharing. In an interview with Automotive News, Mulally singled out powertrain engineering and manufacturing as areas where collaboration makes sense (particularly if its going to save the company money) .
Forbes automotive columnist Jerry Flint provides a history lesson of various automotive couplings and even triads to illustrate that while a few have been beneficial to one or (rarely) all parties, most fall flat on their faces. None, however, are easy for any of the parties, successful or not.